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Daniel Ausema

Daniel Ausema writes lyrical tales of other worlds, stories of strangeness and wonder.

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Daniel Ausema's fiction and poetry have appeared in many publications, including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Diabolical Plots. He is the creator of the steampunk-fantasy Spire City series, set in a city of chained singers and beetle-drawn carriages where the powerless fight back against those with wealth and influence. His latest novel is the first book of The Arcist Chronicles, The Silk Betrayal, published by Guardbridge Books--it is a story of magic and revolution in a caste-based society teetering on the edge of an industrial era. He lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.

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Fiction Series: Ongoing 5 Chapters

The Market of Magical Goods

Updated Nov 27, 2020 · 521 words (2 minutes) · 3 likes · 503 views

Fantasy serial Drabble fabulist

Welcome to the Market of Magical Goods, a serial of brief, fabulist visions of wonder, each exactly 100 words long. A shopkeeper offers you a tincture to drip into your left eye. Will you take it?

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Marrakech biggest market in Morocco. Jama el Fna traditional market and Marrakech city symbol

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Lumberjill

Published Nov 12, 2020 · 4,031 words (15 minutes) · 84 views

Fantasy Humor paul bunyan

Lumberjill, the niece of a famous lumberjack, travels to the Great North Woods--or what's left of them. She is very clever, but the fauna of the forest is unlike anything she's ever known, with many quirky creatures living in the remnants of uncut timber, most of them inspired by Jorge Luís Borges' account of the creatures supposed to live there.

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Timber in a forest

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Imagination Thief

Published Oct 9, 2020 · 2,827 words (11 minutes) · 1 like · 83 views

Fantasy Horror

What if a vampire does not drink the blood, but their imaginations? And how might a corrupt ruler make use of such a creature, once discovered?

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Midnight. We were on the way back from Piazza San Marco. As we zig zagged through the endless maze of bridges that is Venice, I looked across and everything lined up. The moon was aligned right at the centre of the canal. Just as I pressed the shutter, a speedboat buzzed down the lane. I hesitated for a moment before pushing down on the button.

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A Dream of the City's Future

Published Sep 11, 2020 · 1,863 words (7 minutes) · 87 views

Fantasy

In the distant, decaying future--or one possible future, anyway--of the uncanny city of Boskrea, the trees that were once home to a decadent city have fallen into ruin. The descendants of today's city, surviving on what they can scavenge from the ruins, do what they can to leave a mark on their world and the dreams of the past.

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The Blood Tree War

Published Aug 14, 2020 · 1,251 words (5 minutes) · 2 likes · 142 views

Fantasy Trees carnivorous plants

Two trees, siblings and rivals, vie to grow strong by drinking the blood of ancient battlefields.

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Tree in forest of plants

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Tree Ring Anthology

Published Jul 10, 2020 · 2,067 words (8 minutes) · 243 views

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Trees

The rings of a tree tell a story. For some trees, that means a litany of horrors that have twisted its long life and haunt its space still, even after the tree is harvested. This story was written for the D. F. Lewis-edited Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies as a twist on the theme to expand the image of what an anthology is and might be.

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Circle of Life

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Orgood's Party (an excerpt from Spire City, Season One: Infected)

Published Jun 28, 2020 · 1,560 words (6 minutes) · 167 views

Fantasy steampunk excerpt

To understand the infection devastating the city, Chels goes to a high society party hosted by Orgood--the mad scientist who created the infection. Leaning into her immigrant heritage, she must pretend to be from her mother's homeland--not the poor street orphan she really is, but the exotic foreigner these wealthy people will expect.

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Hometown Hero, Gone for Good

Published Jun 16, 2020 · 513 words (2 minutes) · 2 likes · 181 views

Fantasy flash

Canthis was a local hero, or a nobody, or maybe a symbol for justice denied. As the invaders approach, conquer, and pass on, the remembrances and rumors shift and adjust.

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We rented a cabin in the mountains of Virginia to escape the craziness between Christmas and New Years Eve in the big city. It was hard to capture how secluded we were from the ground, and just how far away from the hustle and bustle we were. We sent the drone up to capture the landscape, the cabin, and the surrounding area.
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Seven Ways of Bringing Down the Regime

Published Jun 5, 2020 · 2,137 words (8 minutes) · 7 likes · 710 views

Fantasy Protest

An artist uses all the tools at his disposal to defy an oppressive regime, no matter the cost.

Author Daniel Ausema lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies. His work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, and many more, and he’s also the author of the steampunk-fantasy Spire City series.

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Playing Kiwan (excerpt from The Silk Betrayal)

Published May 28, 2020 · 1,269 words (5 minutes) · 193 views

Fantasy game

Kiwan is a game of strategy and skill. Pavresh must play the game against the man he wants to be his mentor in arcist magic. The scene is from early in The Silk Betrayal, before intrigue and revolution tear apart everything Pavresh had journeyed to find.

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Elderly men play a "Banqi" game to kill time