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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La Vie en Ronde

Published May 3, 2019 · 6,244 words (23 minutes) · 1 view

Science Fiction Family loneliness inner worlds

Another story about becoming, and finding a family, with a protagonist who finds herself in a very strange place.



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


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

Small house on an autumn’s day



Published Apr 5, 2019 · 3,269 words (12 minutes) · 5 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.


Somewhere In Dreamland Tonight

Published Mar 28, 2019 · 4,931 words (18 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Historical Romance vampire Coney Island 1900

Innocence can be dangerous when you confuse romance with something else. Something you cannot understand, framed against the glittering lights of Coney Island in its heyday.

Old School Carousel


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?

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



Published Mar 5, 2019 · 7,397 words (27 minutes) · 2 likes · 11 views

Fantasy Elves New York City Brownies

Elfland in Alphabet City



Published Mar 5, 2019 · 7,242 words (27 minutes) · 3 likes · 11 views

Science Fiction Immortality Life extension Love 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.”

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.