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Daniel Ausema's fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications, including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Diabolical Plots. He is the creator of the steampunk-fantasy Spire City series, set in a city of chained singers and beetle-drawn carriages where the powerless fight back against those with wealth and influence. His latest novel is the first book of The Arcist Chronicles, The Silk Betrayal, published by Guardbridge Books--it is a story of magic and revolution in a caste-based society teetering on the edge of an industrial era. He lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.
Fiction Series: Ongoing 9 Chapters
Updated Mar 26, 2021 · 944 words (4 minutes) · 3 likes · 1780 views
Welcome to the Market of Magical Goods, a serial of brief, fabulist visions of wonder, each exactly 100 words long. A shopkeeper offers you a tincture to drip into your left eye. Will you take it?
Published Mar 6, 2021 · 4,196 words (16 minutes) · 67 views
On a plain where war is sacred and eternal, the soldier Sai becomes high priest of a religion that worships war itself. Meanwhile four mapwalkers try to escape the unmapped region they've come to by mistake, reading their way out to places that are known and named.
Published Nov 12, 2020 · 4,031 words (15 minutes) · 274 views
Lumberjill, the niece of a famous lumberjack, travels to the Great North Woods--or what's left of them. She is very clever, but the fauna of the forest is unlike anything she's ever known, with many quirky creatures living in the remnants of uncut timber, most of them inspired by Jorge Luís Borges' account of the creatures supposed to live there.
Published Sep 11, 2020 · 1,863 words (7 minutes) · 191 views
In the distant, decaying future--or one possible future, anyway--of the uncanny city of Boskrea, the trees that were once home to a decadent city have fallen into ruin. The descendants of today's city, surviving on what they can scavenge from the ruins, do what they can to leave a mark on their world and the dreams of the past.