Tales from The Metaverse

Serialised Novellas

The Tabula Rogeriana, an ancient world map drawn by Muhammad al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The Tabula Rogeriana, an ancient world map drawn by Muhammad al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here Be Dragons (Fantasy)

A serialised fantasy novella, in ten parts.

If you're carrying baggage,
don't take it into a dragon's lair.

Prentyse Brassard, teenage bookworm, unwillingly accompanies three nobles of Waldemar - his genius father, a powerful priest and a heart-stoppingly beautiful warrior maiden - on an unprecedented quest to kill a dragon.

All Prentyse desires is a quiet life of scholastic research. But with the group facing external peril, internal division and rapidly failing health, he must quickly learn who are the hunters and who are the prey.

Surviving the journey will be hard enough but, down the end of a long, dark tunnel, a dragon awaits.

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A hand reaches for the air from below the surface of a watery world. Photo by Ian Espinosa from Unsplash. Title font by Matthew Colclough.
Photo by Ian Espinosa from Unsplash.Title font by Matthew Colclough.

The Battlehymn of the Asbahri.

A serialised sci-fi novella.

Lieutenant Kirel Ilker-145, a clone, is literally born again after an absence of only a few years, returning to a world it hardly recognises. Kirel craves the company of its clone-mates - it's a matter of life or death - but they are missing, presumed dead. Convicted of treason in its absence, the law wants it dead too (again), but various agencies are interested in something that it may hold in its mind - a key to unlocking an issue of strategic importance to the Asbahri nation. Unfortunately for them all, time is in short supply: the Squids are winning the Total Global War and Kirel is going mad with grief. What's a lonely, grieving, crazy clone to do without a friend to support it?

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A foreground black silhouette of an old city contrasts with a vivid skyscape. In the background, on the left is an impossibly tall tower; on the right, up in the sky is an oval black hole in the sky. Sky photo by Søren Astrup Jørgensen on Unsplash. Old Town silhouette supplied by PinClipArt.
Sky photo by Søren Astrup Jørgensen on Unsplash.Old Town silhouette supplied by PinClipArt.

The Orison.

A serialised fantasy novella.

At the age of six, Gouta Ricci, swears a terrible revenge on the city Watch. Follow her as she grows from a homeless guttersnipe into a most remarkable and powerful woman. Her long anticipated revenge, when it comes, changes her world forever.

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