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Anthology Stories

Lesley Smith asked me for the revised list of stories in The Ravens of Falkenau and Other Stories, since I've upped the number from 10 to 17! (Yes, seven more stories, since I couldn't stop putting them in!)

Here's the new list and their dates and settings:

The Ravens of Falkenau, 1614-1634 The Kingdom of Bohemia
Dion Ex Machina, 4 BC Alexandria
Cold Frontier 505 AD Caer Leon, in Britain
Small Victories 1800-1810 AD Paris, France
How the Lady of Cats Came to Negada 8000 BC along the River Nile
Prince Over the Water 1040 AD the Orkney Islands
Horus Indwelling 285 BC Alexandria
Paradise 641 AD Alexandria
Slave of the World 1203 AD France
Little Cat 1012 BC, Thebes in Egypt
Vesuvius 79 AD Pompeii
Unfinished Business 22 BC Rome
The Messenger's Tale 1553 AD London
Morning Star 469 BC Pasargadae, in Persia
Templar Treasure 1188 AD Beirut
Winter's Child 1821 AD Poland
Brunnhilde in the Fire 1901 AD Boston

They do cluster, as stories play off each other and tie back together, sometimes in the same place, sometimes linked by the people in them, sometimes linked like sides of the same coin. It's interesting to write, definitely!

I think if this goes well I'll do another anthology -- possibly named Sword of Pharaoh, with the centerpiece novella a Lydias story I've been sitting on!


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Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
*hopes it goes well*
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
I hope so too! I'd love to do the later adventures of Lydias. There's a Lydias story in Ravens of Falkenau, but it's about 4,000 words, not a novella. There are two Lydias novellas I want to do -- The Throne of Serapis and Sword of Pharaoh.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
Wishing very hard....
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
I hope it goes well! *fingers crossed* This is a new venture for me.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Loads of stories:)
Apr. 22nd, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
So many stories, so little time! :)
Apr. 22nd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

It's really interesting for me to look at the list that way and see how they tie together and play off each other. For example, Dion Ex Machina and Cold Frontier are both about faith and knowing who you are, and then Small Victories seems like that isn't what it's about, but then it is. There's huge distance betweeen Small Victories and The Lady of Cats, though both are about a young girl. And then there's surprisingly little distance from Lady of Cats to Prince Over the Water. Horus Indwelling and Paradise are the bookends of classical Alexandria, from its founding to its transformation. But then Paradise also belongs with Slave of the World, the Arab and the Crusader. It goes on like that all through the book....
Apr. 22nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
So I'm squeeing, first at the amount of stories set in Alexandria, as you've made me fall in love with that city, and then you throw in the possibility of another anthology with a Lydias novella?

*dies of squee*
Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm kind of in love with Alexandria too!

Yes, if this anthology works I'll do it again. I really have no concept of how sales will be. This is completely an experiment.

The Lydias novella -- I had almost finished Stealing Fire when I found "the real Lydias." I knew he was there, but I didn't think it was remotely possible to find him documented. But I was reading Diodorus, and I was reading two volumes after Alexander's death, which I hadn't read before, about the Siege of Rhodes in 305/304 BC, and there he was -- Athenagoras of Miletus, an older soldier of serious responsibility in the service of Ptolemy. And when I read about what he did I laughed and laughed and laughed, because it's utterly and completely Lydias! Also, because it's the same stunt that a hundred years earlier the one of him then had had pulled on him! So there needs to be a story about that -- Lydias and the Siege of Rhodes, and how he did indeed carry Ptolemy's banner on many fields.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited for this!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
May. 7th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Do you know, I just had a flash that our favourite trio could very well incarnate in the 20th century as JFK, Jacquie Onassis and Kissinger. or maybe Marilyn. Hmmm....
May. 7th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
That would be interesting!
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