THIS ALIEN SHORE
“Packed with action and imagined worlds
and filled to the brim with sparkling detail”
“A potent metaphor for the toleration of diversity”
NEW YORK TIMES
THE COLDFIRE TRILOGY
“A feast for those who like their fantasies dark”
The dragons were out in force tonight.
Ramiro tried to keep to shadows as he moved, but the narrow stone corridor didn’t offer a lot of cover, and the flickering light from torches set high on the walls kept shadows constantly moving. Which meant that the evasive maneuvers they’d used to avoid the Citadel’s reptilian guards aboveground wouldn’t work here. If any dragons crossed their path while they were down in the labyrinth, the two of them were done for.
“Should be coming up soon,” Van whispered nervously. He glanced down at the crumpled parchment map in his hand. “Any minute now.”
You’ve been saying that for an hour, Ramiro thought.
The labyrinth was ancient, a maze of tunnels whose masonry had been degraded by centuries of rainwater seeping from above; the floor was littered with fragments of fallen brick, making walking treacherous. As they picked their way carefully over the rubble, Ramiro was acutely aware of the tons of earth poised overhead, held at bay by nothing more than rotting mortar and a prayer. How does the gaming program do that? he wondered. The virt software that was controlling his sensory input could add anything to the environment that a person could touch, taste, hear, or see, but what physical experience conjured such a sense of claustrophobia? What tangible sensations translated into dread?
DAW is bringing out a trade version of This Alien Shore, with a brand new cover. Stay tuned for pics
ON ITS WAY….THIS VIRTUAL NIGHT, set in the same universe as her bestselling novel THIS ALIEN SHORE. The manuscript is about to be delivered to DAW, and the hardcover and Ebook are scheduled for release on October 2020. Updates will be posted here.
DAW is planning to release THIS ALIEN SHORE as a trade paperback. It will feature a new cover design and a sample chapter from her upcoming Outworlds novel, THIS VIRTUAL NIGHT. Watch for it!
You can now find C. S. Friedman on Quora, where she offers writing advice, cat wisdom, Jewish history, and an occasional takedown of annoying trolls.
When Jessica Drake learned that her DNA didn’t match that of her parents, she had no idea that investigating her true heritage would put her family’s lives in danger, and ultimately force her to cross into another world.
There, in an alternate Earth dominated by individuals with frightening mental powers called Gifts, Jessica learned of a curse within her blood, one so terrifying that all who possessed it were destroyed on sight. For she is a Dreamwalker, and the same dark Gift that allows her to enter the dreams of others will eventually destroy her mind and spread insanity to all around her.
This September Celia will be teaching an eight week class in speculative fiction for the Writer’s Center. It’s online, so anyone can join, and it will focus on the special skills needed to write fantasy and science fiction.
Students will get personal critiques from Celia on both short writing exercises and long term projects, as well as participating in peer critique discussions. By the end of the class each student will have written and polished a short story that is suitable for submission to a genre publication.
Check it out: https://www.writer.org/
DREAMSEEKER will be out in paperback in September, followed by the launch of DREAMWEAVER, the third and final volume of the Dreamwalker Chronicles this December.