The Ashen Crown

With every step he climbed, Jashtan wondered if this was the one that had killed his father. The glint of the setting sun off stone revealed an almost reddish cast to one of the polished blocks, while flecks of quartz gleamed in another. Was the crumbling edge of the next the very place where the…

Chapter Sixteen: The Stranger, or Recurrence

Did God ever make something so beautiful that man could not destroy it? – Words of the Emperor in Qepperdan, Matthieu Sartonné, as narrated to his page, Jarun Hichame Days and weeks and months dragged by, until at last they did not, and Matthieu found himself a year older as if by accident. He had…

On Colonial Fantasy

Head over to the kitchen and take a peek inside your spice cabinet. Look over the labels: pepper, salt, cloves, cinnamon, chocolate, chili flakes, nutmeg, saffron. Whereas today we can buy these products at any grocery store, several hundred years ago almost all of them were worth going to war for. The spices of the…

Star Wars: The Man-babies Awaken (and Other Spoilery Thoughts)

Just fyi, this post is going to give away all the spoilers (or at least all the spoilers I can think of right now) so be warned. Be very warned. Now that you’ve been warned, let’s go back a few days to the box office premiere of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Only Real Reason…

The Queen’s Symphony: Chapter Three

Perhaps the greatest secret of composition, especially the spontaneous variety, was that there was hardly anything spontaneous about it. Every bit of flair and harmonic trickery ever displayed on keys or strings had already been worked out a hundred times in some cramped, dark room before it ever premiered onstage. Lydus considered it in much…

“Entitled”

ESD May 2nd, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   You ever feel like you have no right to feel the feelings that you do? Is that even a good way to put that? Probably not. Like you’re mad at something or someone for such a wide variety of reasons that…

The Queen’s Symphony: Chapter Two

Lydus was so lost in his notes and preparations that he was hardly aware of the hour until Ada slammed the front door of their apartment. He turned to see her carrying a basket filled with some bread and fish. “I cannot believe that old shrew,” she said, and slammed the door. Lydus’ stomach growled…

The Queen’s Symphony: Chapter One

More than anything, Lydus wanted to ask God why the sun had to burn so brightly, on today of all days. The windows of the royal carriage that had fetched him from his apartment were thrown open to the morning bustle of Gente’s main cobblestone avenue, leading to Turas’ Bridge and then further north to…

Chapter Fifteen: The Patient, or Memory

When we are patient, we are not only willing to wait, but also to do all in our power to bring about good. We do not worry about things that are outside our control because we understand that there are purposes behind all the circumstances we face and that, in the end, many of those…

A Light-year is a Grave

Bian must prepare an entire planet for human colonization, but motherhood was never going to be easy.