January 29th, 2009


Let the Joyeous News be Spread!

My novellet 'One Bright Star to Guide Them' will grace the prestigious pages of Fantasy and Science Fiction in their April/May 2009 issue! Oh frabjous day! Calloo, callay!

Gordon van Gelder bough the story a while back, and I have been eager to see it see in print.

Honestly, it is my favorite thing of anything I've written. (Well, second favorite). It takes the main character from one of those 'English schoolchildren in trouble' type adventures a la The Magician's Nephew, Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Five Children and It, that sort of thing, but when he is adult, fatigued with life and over forty, and wishing his world were larger.

Then the mysterious black cat named Tybolt reappears, and tells him the Winter King has stirred again, and sent his dark champion to Earth, and Thomas must fight the Knight of Ghosts and Shadows. All England is in peril! Where is the Silver Key, the Sword Reforged, and the Book of Emrys? Where is the One Bright Star which will lead the Singing Ship across the Sea of Outer Dreaming? Of course, since little Tommy is a grown-up now, and there is not much magic left in his life....

Go out today and buy nine dozen copies plus nine! Gordon van Gelder will come by personally and kiss your Shetland pony if you do!  (Offer not valid in Canada).

The April-May issue of F&SF will make a great gift for Valentine's Day, Father's Day, Arbor Day, the Feast of St. Dismas, St. Crispan's Day, the Festival of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, Earth Day, or (for you fans of the presocratic philosopher Philolaus, or John Norman's Gor books, or the High Evolutionary) Counter-Earth Day.

Remember that the Equinox of Mercury happens twice every 88 days, so in order to honor your extraterrestrial friends and their holidays, remember to buy now and buy often!