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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.
Published Jul 5, 2020 · 154 words (1 minute) · 45 views
The shopkeeper offers you a tincture. One drop in your eye will let you recognize the stories that matter. Will you take it? Do you trust the keeper of this stall of strange wonders?