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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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Pavresh hoped to master the intricacies of arcist magic. Instead, he finds himself entangled in the city's politics. While princes scheme for power, revolutionaries plot to overthrow the rigid castes. Poets try to inspire change with heretical words; militants plan more forceful action; a woman born upper caste, rendered untouchable by a disfiguring accident, sees in revolution a better life. These strands meet at the home of Chaitan, the elderly magician from whom Pavresh wishes to learn.
Spire City is home to mighty machines of steam power and clockwork, and giant beetles pull picturesque carriages over cobbled streets. But there is a darker secret behind these wonders. A deadly infection, created by a mad scientist, is spreading through the city, targeting the poor and powerless, turning them slowly into animals. A group of those infected by the serum join together to survive, to trick the wealthy out of their money, and to fight back.
Targeted by a mad scientist's deadly serum, these outcasts band together to uncover the truth and to fight back. Months have passed since the confrontation with the sleepless Mint. Now Orgood is becoming more aggressive in infecting the people on the streets and pursuing those who have already been infected. Can those in the Weave answer in kind? Or will he wipe them all out?
After the destruction of the Weave, the former members scatter, thinking only of survival. From the catacombs beneath the city to an empty dovecote above, and throughout the streets in between, they hide. Even in solitude they work against Orgood, discover what he's doing, and try all they can to stop him, once and for all. This lyrical fantasy will transport you to a steampunk world of weird and strange wonder, bringing the story of Chels and the rest to its dramatic conclusion.
A traveler on the Yahm Railroad encounters mysteries at every stop—and even in those places where no train ever stops. The cities along the Yahm Railroad expose many strange aspects of the cosmos—of language, meaning, and reality. Bringing together equal parts of the fabulist tales of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and the languid and evocative fantasies of Lord Dunsany, these thirteen stories and poems explore the strange realities of these cities...and perhaps of all cities.
The vast northern valley grows colder, and no mighty steam furnace will ever bring back its warmth. Seamstress Nalariana is desperate to escape, any way she can. When her chance comes, though, it isn't to warmer lands, but deeper into the north, where old ways hold sway. Along with the spire singer Derran, she must face a suspicious people while navigating a proud society that is stranger, subtler, and more advanced than she ever guessed.