May 4, 2012
Alex Dally MacFarlane

Contributor copies!

These arrived recently:

The UK edition is out now, while Amazon says the US edition is due out on 5 June (although the Kindle version looks available now). It contains my story “Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu”, which is secondary world steampunk with coins and empire-upheaval, as well as stories by a lot of excellent people: Jeff VanderMeer, Genevieve Valentine, Cat Rambo, Shweta Narayan, Aliette de Bodard, Catherynne M Valente, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Lavie Tidhar and many more!

Most exciting of all, this is my first publication in an anthology that I can find on bookshelves! I’ve seen it at several Waterstones, as well as at the Forbidden Planet table at Eastercon. I like this milestone. =D

Here’s a snippet of my story:

The First Coins

For a single day, the royal mint in the City of the Shining Sea struck gold and silver siluhs of Naranh and Viu together in profile. They appeared side-by-side on the obverse face, looking right. The creator of the stamp chose to exaggerate their similarities: their small noses, high brows and gently waving hair. Only Naranh’s youthful beard allowed identification. In truth, they were not so similar as that.

The heavy emphasis on their eyelashes represented the mark of their royal blood: born with lashes of silver, that gleamed even when clouds covered the sky.

The reverse face showed the city’s emblem, the falcon, with billowing wings like clouds of steam.


  • That’s so exciting! It must be utterly delightful to see your work freely available in a bookstore. Congratulations. :)

    • It is! I keep admiring it whenever I go into a Waterstones.

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