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bone shop

Tim Pratt has posted the final installment of Bone Shop, an urban fantasy novella about the early adventures of Marla Mason (Crime Boss.  Sorceress.  Badass.)  Why has he written this online story?  Not only because he loves you, but also:

My wife was laid off on June 23, 2009, and this novella is an attempt to bring in some extra income while also telling a story I'm passionate about. Your donations will help keep a roof over our heads, and pay our son's medical bills (he has congenital glaucoma, so you can help keep him from going blind). Pay whatever you think the story's worth. Enjoy!
 
In case you are wondering where the money goes, I hereby repost a photo of Tim and Heather Shaw's ridiculously adorable child River.  


The novella can now be read in full (18 chapters!) for free, starting here, complete with behind-the-scenes dvd-extras-style notes from the author.  Check it out, and chip in if you can!

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new fiction

I've been a bit absent from the internet lately, but I've still collected a backlog of interesting things I want to share, so I'd better start burning them off now. Let's begin with the newest Strange Horizons stories!


"On the Destruction of Copenhagen by the War-Machines of the Merfolk" by Peter M. Ball

The television stutters as we flick through the channels, colours bleeding together and rendering the devastation a fuzzy blue or green.

 
"River of Heaven" by Rachel Manija Brown

Fulfilling our mission would undoubtedly be the most important thing to happen on Earth that day, but Seiji seemed more interested in window-shopping.


"Another End of the Empire" by Tim Pratt


He sighed. "So I'm expected to send my Fell Rangers to the mountains, raze the village, leave no stone upon a stone, enslave the women, and kill all the younglings to stop this dire prophecy from coming to pass."
 
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Fans of Tim Pratt's writing, and especially his Marla Mason series, may be interested to know that he's currently posting a prequel novella online: Bone Shop, featuring the early adventures of Marla Mason. (Sorceress. Crime Boss. Badass.) The author explains:

As for why I'm doing this...

My wife was laid off on June 23, 2009, and this novella is an attempt to bring in some extra income while also telling a story I'm passionate about. Your donations will help keep a roof over our heads, and pay our son's medical bills (he has congenital glaucoma, so you can help keep him from going blind). Pay whatever you think the story's worth. Enjoy!

Times are tough for everyone, and writers are working without a net.  Even successful, prolific, award-winning authors like Tim rarely make much money, and the job doesn't come with health insurance. Tim and Heather (an excellent writer in her own right) are good people, and I can attest to the fact that their baby River is the sweetest kid possible. I mean, look at this little guy:


So do yourself a favor and pick up Tim's series, and if you've got a little you can donate, please chip in to help support not only the author, but his utterly lovable kid.

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blood engines by t.a. pratt

I'm very excited to hit my local bookstore tonight, because Tim Pratt's new book Blood Engines has just come out, and I know it's going to be a super fun read.  How do I know?  Well, there are blurbs like these:
"Pratt is a deft storyteller whose blend of suspense, magic, and dry humor kept me entertained and turning pages. Blood Engines is one of the most absorbing reads I've enjoyed in a long time, gluing me to the couch. I adore Marla, her done-at-all-costs character is someone I can relate to and want to cheer for. Best of all, I didn't figure the ending out until I got there. It's a book widower, and I can't wait for the sequel."—Kim Harrison, NYT-bestselling author of For a Few Demons More
"Blood Engines wastes no time: by page three I knew I was reading an urban fantasy unlike any I'd previously encountered. The characters and world are real, immediate, and unapologetically in-your-face, throwing you into a story that trusts you'll keep up with the fast pace without flinching. It charges along with crisp pacing, a fascinating range of secondary characters, and a highly compelling lead in Marla Mason. She may be one of the genre's requisite sharp-tongued females, but her ruthless pragmaticism gives her a completely different feel from her fictional contemporaries. I genuinely look forward to the next book!"—C.E. Murphy, author of Coyote Dreams
But mostly I know because it's by Tim Pratt, and I've been a Tim Pratt fan since the last millenium.  In the first years of this century, we've published four of his stories (and he's published one of mine).  Just this month he won a Hugo, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.  (Unless it had happened to Ben Rosenbaum, who was up for the same award with a story we'd published in Strange Horizons... oh, this is such an incestuous field.)

Anyway!  Tim's stuff is always full of weird and wonderful curious delights, and the Marla Mason series promises to be a real good time.  I'll be picking up my copy tonight.