The distance between violent conflagration and utter desolation is much shorter than you think.
A facility generates power by obliterating aesthetic beauty from parallel universes; a “pink brick” defies the analytical capacity of a team researching an alien culture; a world struggles to cope with the ecological impact of its moon's descending orbit; a young man with relationship problems is tormented by his own reflection; a deadly poisonous organism masquerades as an art show piece.
Transmutations combines the best stories of two previous collections, Lore & Logos and Transmutations of Fire and Void. The most recent edition features a new cover by Zhivko Zhelev and a new paperback interior design.
It’s not easy to pin down any one inspiration here. I wrote most of these stories at two writing groups that I attended between 2015 and 2017. All my usual suspects are here, though: how technology is changing us, what technology itself might become, human societal development over time, our changing aesthetic sensibilities. And also, cats.
|A Programmer’s Tale||short story|
|Fair Trade||short story|
|Felis Catus||short story|
|Ghost Daemons||short story|
|Halls of Power||short story|
|Lunar Eclipse||short story|
|Meerkat and Lynx||short story|
|Our Algorithm Who Art Perfection||novella|
|Right and Proper||short story|
|Rune-Driven Spellcraft||short story|
|Temple of the Setting Sun||short story|
|The Abcontinuum||short story|
|The Blazrath||short story|
|The Keyhole||short story|
|The Worlds of Things||short story|
|We Were Here First||short story|
|978-1-62802-024-3||November 6, 2020||in print|
|978-1-62802-018-2||January 21, 2019||out of print|