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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Playing Kiwan (excerpt from The Silk Betrayal)

Published May 28, 2020 · 1,269 words (5 minutes) · 7 views

Fantasy game

Kiwan is a game of strategy and skill. Pavresh must play the game against the man he wants to be his mentor in arcist magic. The scene is from early in The Silk Betrayal, before intrigue and revolution tear apart everything Pavresh had journeyed to find.


Elderly men play a "Banqi" game to kill time



The Gunpowder Resistance

Published May 14, 2020 · 995 words (4 minutes) · 30 views

Fantasy steampunk flash fiction

In the fabled city of beetle-drawn carriages and chained singers, a man tries to find a way to resist the city's foreign occupiers. A brief steampunk adventure set in the same world as the Spire City series, some years after the events of those books.




The Ship of Silk on the Calmest Sea

Published May 2, 2020 · 1,162 words (5 minutes) · 62 views

Fantasy fairy tale Lyrical folk tale

Tima works magic with cloth, but it is a magic coveted by her sovereign. This is a fable that the people in the world of The Silk Betrayal tell of the land their ancestors left long ago.