New short story: The Dreams of Avaris

Slightly delayed, owing to technical difficulties (1), here is the second kinden short story, telling the tale of a Spider-kinden freebooter cut loose in the occupied Commonweal. (1) translation: I’m rubbish.

Short Story: The Dreams of Avaris, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

To complement David’s Spider-kinden artwork, here’s the promised spidery story. Download the story on PDF here

Flies and Prejudice

One of the reasons I’m so in awe of Gene Wolfe is the amount of very scholarly debate inspired by his work. Now, I’m not in his league when it comes to utterly, intricately baffling (1) writing, but hola, what’s this? Following the review at Eve’s Alexandria (an extended version of the earlier SFX magazine […]

New kinden art: Spider-kinden by David Mumford

In the “kinden” section (and also in the Art section) there’s a new piece by David Mumford showing the Spider-kinden in their glory, and this will soon be complemented by a piece of original fiction that follows one such devious individual on a journey through the war-torn Commonweal. Spider-kinden don’t make much of a showing […]


Art by David Mumford The elegant and machiavellian Spider-kinden rule a vast coalition across the sea, where they live in luxury and riches un-dreamt of by Lowlanders, or at least their women rule, and their men do as they’re told. Spiders are their own worst enemies, however, and the great Aristoi families are constantly scheming […]

Do You Feel Lucky, Steampunk?

There were just plain punks, of course. Still are, probably, if they can sufficiently distance themselves from Vivian in the Young Ones. The iconic hair and attitude are memes that has survived the actual subculture’s descent into the voracious jaws of commercialism (1). Especially the attitude, and the curious legacy it left in the nomeclature […]