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mescott July 27 2014, 16:01

A Brief Guide to Astreiant's Points Stations

Someone asked recently exactly how many Points stations there were in Astreiant. A fair question, though not entirely an easy one to answer! There are a total of twelve stations under command of a Chief Point, who report directly to Rainart Fourie, the Surintendant of Points.  (You’ll notice that this is a solar dozen — there are 12 houses in the solar zodiac.)  However, as the city has grown, and as the patterns of trade and crime have shifted, Fourie and his predecessors have created three more Points stations that are nominally subordinate to the established stations and which are headed not by a Chief Point but by a Head Point — Point of Knives is the most notorious of these, and the Head Point there, Mirremay, is pretty much the last person anyone wanted in charge of that neighborhood.  The suns will rise in the west before she becomes Chief Point at Knives, though there is a rumor that Fourie might try to buy her off by offering her the chance to become a Chief Point on the northern side of the river — Manufactory Point, perhaps.  If you count these new stations, there are 15 stations — a lunar dozen.

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And there you have it! Originally, Lisa and I had said we’d do a novel for each station, assuming there was demand.  I don’t know if I’ll quite make it that far, but it’s worth a try.  Next up — Point of Sighs.
mescott July 25 2014, 20:52

Catching Up!

It’s been a busy few weeks, but mostly behind-the-scenes busy rather than announcement-producing busy. That said, I do have a couple of things to mention.  First, Year’s Best SF 31 is now available. My story “Finders” is included, along with a fairly amazing range of stories. Next, the audio edition of Silver Bullet is also available - magic, aviation, and mad science collide in the Rockies in 1932. And, finally, for the Stargate fans among us — Shore Leave is coming up! Fandemonium will be launching Jo Graham and Amy Griswold’s Unascended, and all three of us, plus Diana Dru Botsford and Sally Malcom, will be on panels. (The five yards of raw silk that just went into the washing machine has nothing to do with that, of course not!)

Much of the current busy-ness has been finalizing manuscripts for publication:  getting Wind Raker turned in at Crossroad and A Death at the Dionysus Club at Lethe, both of which are now waiting on cover art.  Heiresses of Russ — year’s best lesbian SF, which I co-edited with Steve Berman — is also in production at Lethe, and should have a publication date any day now. Trouble And Her Friends is getting a new Lethe edition as well, and I’m working my way through the final galleys. Hopefully I’ll finish that this weekend!

In the meantime, I’m working on the next Order of the Air book, Oath Bound — the Lodge is in Italy for an air show, and becomes involved in the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, which in turn has wakened much older powers. I am also working on stories for several themed anthologies — dark carnival and “Deco-punk,” both of which are going to be fun to play with. Finders is happily turning into a novel; three chapters (almost exactly doubling the length of the published story) and an outline are with my agent, and with any luck will find a new home sometime soon. And, as usual, I have half a dozen ideas, some old, some new, in various stages of development…

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