Madeleine E. Robins

Madeleine Robins may have invented the Regency Noir detective story, and likes to play with history, reality, and the odd sword.

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Writing gives Madeleine Robins the chance to focus on many fascinations: with cities, history, swordplay, the history of disease, and the future of mankind–with a side order of historical costuming and urban infrastructure. Robins has had a checkered career that includes being a nanny, an editor, and a stage-combatant, as well as the author of a dozen books. She holds a degree in Theatre Studies from Connecticut College, and attended the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop in 1981. She is a founding member of the BookViewCafe, where her first five books — all Regency romances — are available for sale. A lifelong and passionate fan of all things urban, Robins now lives in San Francisco, where her day job is at the American Bookbinders Museum.

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Nimuë's Tale

Published Aug 11, 2019 · 7,020 words (26 minutes) · 133 views

Fantasy magic Merlin Arthuriana The Lady of the Lake

Nimuë killed the old enchanter and fled from Camelot, love and loss behind her. Then a stranger came to her home bringing love--and the prospect of loss. Somewhere, Merlin was laughing.

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Abelard's Kiss

Published Jun 17, 2019 · 6,406 words (24 minutes) · 204 views

Science Fiction genetic engineering sex toys

I got the opening line of this story--"Beatrice's lover was made of lip"-- when I was 17. It took me twenty years to figure out where to go from there. The result: a story about a sex toy genetically coded to its owner, a notion I still find deeply disturbing.

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La Vie en Ronde

Published May 3, 2019 · 6,244 words (23 minutes) · 3 views

Science Fiction Family inner worlds vertigo

Vivey comes unstuck from reality, rolling away from the life she knows into a world she never dreamed existed.

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Cuckoo

Published Apr 14, 2019 · 5,003 words (19 minutes) · 12 views

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A spinster adopts a very unusual child: a story about the different ways love can come -- and go, and what it leaves behind.

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Small house on an autumn’s day

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Willie

Published Apr 5, 2019 · 3,269 words (12 minutes) · 1 like · 9 views

Fantasy parenting Frankenstein Mad science

Mary Shelley--a young mother dragged all over Europe in the wake of her poet husband--created a monster: Victor Frankenstein, who creates life and abandons it. But what if he'd stayed? How do you raise a very unusual child? It turns out: one day at a time.

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Somewhere In Dreamland Tonight

Published Mar 28, 2019 · 4,931 words (18 minutes) · 4 views

Fantasy Historical Romance vampire Coney Island 1900

He traced the bow of her upper lip with one long finger, a gesture which shocked Ruth and moved her in a way she could not understand. When she closed her eyes she could feel his breath on her ear again. Inside her something like Aunt Min’s voice told her to run for her life.

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The Boy Who Played Air Guitar

Published Mar 5, 2019 · 6,104 words (23 minutes) · 2 likes · 9 views

Fantasy Air Guitar

Sometimes music is playing right in front of us. What does it take to hear it?

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Had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with the Brownsons on a  recent photoshoot.

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Boon

Published Mar 5, 2019 · 7,396 words (27 minutes) · 2 likes · 12 views

Fantasy Elves New York City Brownies

In a New York City overrun with elves, what chance do the unglamorous have?

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Mules

Published Mar 5, 2019 · 7,242 words (27 minutes) · 3 likes · 13 views

Science Fiction Love Immortality Life extension history

“Living a long time is just like living any other kind of time,” he said at last. “The seconds don’t expand or anything; you don’t live differently. You just live more.”

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This trip was interesting because my sleeping arrangement didn’t workout, so for a week I slept on a random dorm mattress, and used my camera bag as a pillow.