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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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Seasons in a Moon Ocean

Published Apr 6, 2021 · 368 words (2 minutes) · 29 views

Science Fiction #poetry

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

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Fiction Series: Ongoing 9 Chapters

The Market of Magical Goods

Updated Mar 26, 2021 · 944 words (4 minutes) · 3 likes · 1780 views

Fantasy serial Drabble fabulist

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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A Map is not the World

Published Mar 6, 2021 · 4,196 words (16 minutes) · 67 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) · 110 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) · 123 views

Literary Fiction

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Cycling in the countryside

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Peace, a Triptych

Published Dec 11, 2020 · 906 words (4 minutes) · 159 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction flash fiction

A poetic story of peace in the face of despair.

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Lumberjill

Published Nov 12, 2020 · 4,031 words (15 minutes) · 274 views

Fantasy Humor paul bunyan

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.

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Timber in a forest

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Imagination Thief

Published Oct 9, 2020 · 2,827 words (11 minutes) · 1 like · 199 views

Fantasy Horror

What if a vampire does not drink the blood, but their imaginations? And how might a corrupt ruler make use of such a creature, once discovered?

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Midnight. We were on the way back from Piazza San Marco. As we zig zagged through the endless maze of bridges that is Venice, I looked across and everything lined up. The moon was aligned right at the centre of the canal. Just as I pressed the shutter, a speedboat buzzed down the lane. I hesitated for a moment before pushing down on the button.

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A Dream of the City's Future

Published Sep 11, 2020 · 1,863 words (7 minutes) · 191 views

Fantasy

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.

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mountain

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The Blood Tree War

Published Aug 14, 2020 · 1,251 words (5 minutes) · 2 likes · 275 views

Fantasy Trees carnivorous plants

Two trees, siblings and rivals, vie to grow strong by drinking the blood of ancient battlefields.

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Tree in forest of plants