a new short story

FINAL Cave  Julia_Cover“That whole year, and to a lesser extent the year after, bodies were washed up all along that part of the coast, some whole, some in pieces … In the south of Autotelia, especially, it was a bad year for bodies; but the body of the vanished brother didn’t show up among them. Passive and silent, full of some incommunicable anger, the sister attempted suicide, spent time in institutions; then, her work suddenly becoming popular, left the country for a new life on our side of things.” When Cave meets Julia, he finds himself sucked into her strange alienated history of loss and sacrifice. “Cave & Julia” is a love story set between our world and Autotelia. Available from the Kindle Store today, 99p; or free to borrow from the Kindle Library. You can still find “In Autotelia”, the first Autotelia story, in Arc #1, here.

Just to round up what’s available, electronically and otherwise: you can buy Light, Nova Swing and Empty Space; The Centauri Device, cursed be its name, with its very fine paper-sculpture cover image; and Viriconium in the old paperback Fantasy Masterworks edition. The new edition of Climbers (coming in May) is ready for pre-order, both as paper and as ebook, with a fabulous new Sam Green cover and a very special introduction I’m not allowed to tell you about yet, although you probably already found out for yourself. The books you won’t find, except as pre-enjoyed or remaindered, are The Course of the Heart, Signs of Life and Things That Never Happen.

Since these three, along with Climbers and my new short stories, rather sum up the point of writing for me, I hope we can do something about that soon.

“Cave & Julia” being very much a product of the Ambiente Hotel, back-bar regulars will add value by tracing its beginnings in these entries over the last year or two. I’ve set up a “Cave & Julia” page: leave your criticisms, gasps of almost sexual delight & sighs of sarcastic disbelief etc there, where comments aren’t time-limited, rather than here, where they close after a few days.

Or, of course, leave a review at Amazon.

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9 responses to “a new short story

  1. Hurray! If I had a Kindle, I’d buy it repeatedly to see if it confused them.

    Were all the stories in Travel Arrangements in Things That Never Happen? I lent my copy of the former to a loathsome tosser who mislaid it.

  2. uzwi

    They all were, yes. So if you have the latter you have the former.

    I’m sorry Cave & Julia is only on Kindle at the moment. It will eventually reach paper with the new collection, which has just about arrived at the bare minimum of words to make something resembling a book: longer than The Ice Monkey but not as long as Travel Arrangements.

  3. Andrew

    I wish my American Kindle spoke British Amazon.

  4. Erik

    Agreed, Andrew. I don’t know what the publishing arrangement is for kindle singles. It’s probably more complicated than ticking the box that reads “US”.

  5. uzwi

    Hi Andrew. I’m reliably informed that it’s in the US Kindle Store and buyable by US Kindle users.

  6. Mat J

    Thanks uzwi – this justifies me owning a Kindle. I’d love to see Sam Green take on Course.

  7. Andrew

    And so it is. Apparently I had to dig a little deeper than on my first go.

    A search for “Cave Julia” didn’t find it, though it returned a great many completely unrelated titles. “Cave Julia Harrison” did the trick.

  8. uzwi

    Mat J: Gives me an excuse for owning one too! Sam Green’s take on CotH would certainly be an eye-opener.
    Andrew: glad you found it & hope you enjoy.