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Daniel Ausema

Daniel Ausema writes lyrical tales of other worlds, stories of strangeness and wonder.

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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.

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Fiction Series: Ongoing 11 Chapters

Spire City: Occupied

Updated Aug 4, 2021 · 27,586 words (101 minutes) · 18 views

Fantasy Mad science new weird Airships beetles foreign occupation steampunk resistance serial

Standalone sequel! The death of Spire City's greatest inventor couldn't come at a worse time. The fabled city of beetle-drawn carriages is occupied by a foreign power, and that country is at war with another. Five people find their lives spiraling together in the aftermath of his death: Temli, an airship captain; XXXXX, an unnamed correspondent from the front lines; Keene, a grizzled beetle hunter; Jensha, a singer chained to a city spire; and Alless, apprentice to the late inventor.

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Against Mint Justice

Published Aug 1, 2021 · 2,535 words (10 minutes) · 45 views

Fantasy thieves steampunk new weird beetles orphan

When an orphan girl tries to do her part to steal a matched pair of beetles from their carriage, it does not go as planned.

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Fiction Series: Ongoing 13 Chapters

The Market of Magical Goods

Updated Jul 29, 2021 · 1,362 words (5 minutes) · 4 likes · 2888 views

Fantasy Drabble fabulist serial

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?

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Marrakech biggest market in Morocco. Jama el Fna traditional market and Marrakech city symbol

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Apprentice in the Steam Library

Published Jul 6, 2021 · 3,505 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 96 views

Fantasy Science Fiction beetles

Jossian is an apprentice librarian, a public-facing human in a library staffed primarily by constructs. Still a child, she is the only one small enough to enter the library tunnels when one of those constructs gets stuck on its track. She learns that the tunnels hide more chaos than the masters of the library will admit.

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Knowledge

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To Hunt a Sky Eel

Published Jun 3, 2021 · 3,286 words (12 minutes) · 71 views

Science Fiction hunting space opera regret

Typenn is famous for the immersive recordings he makes of hunting creatures throughout the universe. His pursuit of the majestic sky eel does not go as he expected.

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These two moray eels seem to be on friendly terms.

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City of Games

Published Apr 28, 2021 · 990 words (4 minutes) · 92 views

Fantasy fabulist Calvinoesque

Along the Yahm Railroad are many strange cities, including this city where truth is a game--and games are all true.

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orange county fair at night

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Seasons in a Moon Ocean

Published Apr 6, 2021 · 368 words (2 minutes) · 2 likes · 193 views

Science Fiction #poetry

Rhysling-nominated poem about the scientists who study the seasonal patterns of a watery moon somewhere.

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A Map is not the World

Published Mar 6, 2021 · 4,196 words (16 minutes) · 160 views

Fantasy map

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.

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Old map

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The Square That Hides a Thousand Stories

Published Feb 7, 2021 · 2,774 words (11 minutes) · 211 views

Fantasy storytelling

Tsantau is sent to retrieve a relic said to continue its own story. To understand it, he must break the relic apart.

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Detail shot of an old key set from a linotype machine.

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The Romantic and the Pragmatist, Biking

Published Jan 11, 2021 · 16 words (1 minute) · 214 views

Literary Fiction

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Cycling in the countryside