Today’s Story Time is “The Swan Troika,” first published in the February 2011 issue of Realms of Fantasy, and the last story I ever published there as the magazine folded not too long after (October 2011). Almost every writer I know is convinced that there is at least one magazine they are personally responsible for killing, as they published a story in that magazine’s final issue. Yes, we all have big egos, why do you ask? Regardless, that wasn’t its last issue, and RoF published so many of my stories that, if I was the problem, it wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did. Magazines, especially print ones, come and go no matter what we do. Most die unmourned, but not all. And some, like Weird Tales and Amazing SF never stay dead forever. Part of me still expects Realms of Fantasy to be resurrected some day, but I won’t hold my breath even as I hope for it to happen. All that aside, I’m pretty sure I’m not responsible. “The Swan Troika” remains one of my favorite stories (accompanied in the original by Ruth Sanderson’s superb illustration), and I’d love to do more like it, if there’s ever a home for them again.
I’d like to give a belated shout out to Ekaterina Sedia for helping me with the Russian naming conventions in this story, which I would have made a complete mess of without her.
Standard Note: “The Swan Troika will remain online until next Wednesday, June 13th. Until then, enjoy.
Today’s Story Time is “Courting the Lady Scythe,” which first appeared in Ekaterina Sedia’s anthology, Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy in 2008. The anthology won a World Fantasy Award for the editor in 2009.
This story is set in the same universe as A Warrior of Dreams. Like any decent universe, there’s more that goes on beyond what you see in the main storyline. There are legends and fables and cautionary tales, and this is one of those. Which one is something you’ll need to decide for yourself.
Standard Reminder: “Courting the Lady Scythe” will be online until next Wednesday, October 25th. After that, there will be something else in its place.
Now that all the t’s are dotted and eyes crossed, I can announce here that Audible.Com and Prime Books have signed a deal for audio editions of several books in the Prime Books catalogue, including works by Ekaterina Sedia, Rudy Rucker, and the first two Yamada Monogatari books, Demon Hunter and To Break the Demon Gate (due in out in December of this year).
So now there will be audiobook editions of both books in addition to the print and ebook editions. It’s possible that the third in the series, The War God’s Son, will also have an Audible edition, but that’s yet to be determined. The deal was negotiated by Jennifer Jackson for the Donald Maass Agency, and you can read their announcement here. Also, Prime now has pre-order information for To Break the Demon Gate at their site, so now you can select another vendor if you’re avoiding Amazon at the moment. It is, after all, not the only game in town.