New Story: A Necessary Void, by Grahame Jones

I’m delighted to bring you a new piece of fiction, set in the post-war Commonweal and focusing on Roach-kinden, amongst others, by new writer Grahame Jones. The story is here. Grahame writes, of himself: ” Well, what can I say about me? Just the usual sort of fluff. In 1792 I was washed up on […]

Camouflage, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

So to another piece of first person perspective. First person stories have particular challenges, and there is a kind of continuum that falls from the absolute purist first person, where what you get is exactly what the narrator would say or write, down to something that is basically a story like any other, with precious […]

Counterspies, by Adam Gauntlett

A new story introducing a different kind of Fly-kinden. Find it here. Adam writes: “I’m Adam. I write. I suppose I’m a kind of Caliban in this brave new world; I don’t write a blog. I’ve never really learnt the knack. I do a little bit for Yog-Sothoth (the Bookshelf, on Yog Radio – look […]

Spoils of War, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Another perspective on the Twelve-year War, starring the Roach-kinden Sfayot. This story has two influences: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (and Apocalypse Now that followed it) and the track “Mercutio’s Death” from the 2nd soundtrack volume (i.e. the primarily score volume rather than the song album) to Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, which only goes to show how […]

The Scent of Tears, by Keris McDonald

This is a premiere for the Shadows of the Apt site: the very first guest writer’s story. This month I give to you The Scent of Tears by Keris McDonald, who writes: “Keris McDonald is an established genre writer with 5 books to her name … Just not in this genre. And not her real-life name either, […]

An Old Man in a Lean Season, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

So, after confirming that I wouldn’t be using major characters from the books in these, here’s a story about Hokiak. Well, perhaps he’s not a maincharacter, but he certainly is persistent. This story has nothing whatsoever to do with postmodernist twentieth century poetry, and most especially nothing to do with TS Eliot(1). However, Eliot exerts […]

Queen of the Night, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is one of my favourites, of the kinden stories I’ve posted up here, although it is something of a change of pace. There are three people in particular I should acknowledge, on the road to Queen of the Night. The first is a Mr Mozart, of whom you may have heard, whose contribution to […]

To Own the Sky, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This month’s story is a delve into the history of Collegium and the Beetle-kinden, taking place a generation before the events in Empire in Black and Gold. The world of Empire is the immediate product of the world shown in this story, from the advances of the Apt to Collegium’s burgeoning conflict with the Ant-kinden […]

The Prince, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

  The latest Shadows of the Apt short story is to be found here. A lot of this batch of stories are, as you may have noticed, taking place specifically up in the Commonweal during the Twelve-years War with the Empire, a conflict over before Empire in Black and Gold starts, and taking place in […]

New short story: Fallen Heroes by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Most of the short Shadows of the Apt fiction on this site will touch on the main series, even if sometimes only peripherally. It is entirely possible that Varmen or Averis may at some point cross the pages of a future volume. However, with a nod to the fact that Balkus the Ant was the […]