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Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling

By L.X. Beckett
May 25, 2019 · 24,735 words · 90 minutes

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From the editor:

Near-future journalist Drow sees his future crumble before his eyes when an ill-advised story crashes his social standing all around the internet and the world. He becomes desperate — so desperate, that he might just be willing to take part in an eccentric artstorm aficionado's dangerous piece of performance art.

Enjoy our first featured novella this weekend by L.X. Beckett, a Toronto-based writer and editor whose novel Gamechanger, set in the same universe, is now available for pre-order from Tor.

From the author: A rising rock star attempts suicide in his home after accusations of plagiarism, leaving journalist Drow Whiting desperate to rehabilitate himself any way he can. Now he's met an old lady who might just get him out of trouble... but what does Tala Weston want in return?

4 Chapters

Chapter 1

Updated May 25, 2019 · 5,662 words (21 minutes) · 1 like · 923 views

Chapter 2

Updated May 25, 2019 · 7,722 words (29 minutes) · 1 like · 705 views

Driven to desperation when his social media profile takes a nosedive Woodrow Whiting enters into a dangerous agreement with an elderly performance artist: he'll engage in medically unnecessary chemotherapy, and she'll get him access to smartdrugs...

Chapter 3

Updated May 25, 2019 · 5,403 words (20 minutes) · 1 like · 630 views

With his best ally sent to London, Drow tries to salvage something from his devil's bargain. But you know things are bad when your only hope is an AI and the addict you swore never to speak to again...

Winter Stroll

Chapter 4

Updated May 25, 2019 · 5,948 words (22 minutes) · 1 like · 636 views

Drow starts to understand Tala's endgame. Can he extricate himself from her clutches before it's too late?

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L.X. Beckett

Canadian SF author and alternative power geek. Queer married Slytherin, lawful good, keen to save the future. Author of Gamechanger from @torbooks.

1 Comment
  • mtgberman
    July 3, 5:27pm

    !!! I loved this story when it was in F&SF and am delighted to see it here!