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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 11 Chapters
Updated Aug 4, 2021 · 27,586 words (101 minutes) · 18 views
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.
Fiction Series: Ongoing 13 Chapters
Updated Jul 29, 2021 · 1,362 words (5 minutes) · 4 likes · 2888 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 Jul 6, 2021 · 3,505 words (13 minutes) · 1 like · 96 views
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.
Published Jun 3, 2021 · 3,286 words (12 minutes) · 71 views
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.
Published Mar 6, 2021 · 4,196 words (16 minutes) · 160 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.