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FIC: Rebirth 6: Tops and Sops (Darkling Plain)

Sep. 26th, 2009 | 09:29 pm
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The torturer was naive, inexperienced, and lacking in knowledge of the world. The prisoner was tough, worldly-wise, and had an infallible plan that would give him escape from this place. So why did the prisoner feel as though the torturer had the edge?

I could see before me a ceiling-high slate tablet covered with prisoners' names, and a goodly number of those names were crossed out. I knew what that meant.

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FIC: Queue (Darkling Plain)

Sep. 26th, 2009 | 07:16 pm
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This is flash fiction set in a 1960s world that has Jetsons-like devices.

Depositing money in the bank was always the worst problem.

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duskpeterson.com update: New fantasy tale & recommendations

Apr. 6th, 2009 | 01:30 am
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>>> Darkling Plain

* Main Bookshelf. Site content label. Fantasy tales about young people in times of conflict.

New online fiction:

Princeling 1: Noble. In a world where war has lasted for generations, in which only the pitiless nobles who wage war hold power, and those who cannot fight must suffer or seek slow death . . . What would you do if you were a noble, and you lost the ability to fight?

REVIEWS

>>> The Three Lands

* Main Bookshelf. Site content label. A fantasy series on friendship, romance, and betrayal in times of war and peace.

Reviews of Re-creation

I enjoyed [this] holiday gift story so much that I sent the url to my 14-year-old son. Thank you. It did, indeed, feel like a gift.

[Reader comment at duskpeterson (LiveJournal).]

Your portrayal of the relationship between these two boys was beautiful.

[Reader comment at duskpeterson (InsaneJournal).]

Story summary and link to story.

OTHER PEOPLE'S FICTION AND NARRATIVES

>>> Retrofuture: Visions of the Future, 1945-1975

* Web directory.

Retrofuture (also called retro-future, paleo-future, and Raygun Gothic) is a word used for past visions of the future. This new bibliography of book, films, and online resources focusses on retrofuturistic visions in the decades immediately following the invention of the computer, when scientists, journalists, artists, film-makers, and science fiction writers were especially interested in how technology such as computers would affect life in the future. From the 1960s onwards, human captivity in computer-controlled prisons and dystopias became a recurring theme.

A separate page within the site covers Media Representations of Everyday Life and of Battles Against the Mainstream, 1962-1965, focussing on media representations of everyday life, as well as of the people who battled against mainstream America: youth, racial minorities, women, musicians, the working class, and the counterculture. The current topics listed there are: General, Advertising, Counterculture and Youth, Daily Life, Greenwich Village and the South Village, Journalism and the Media, Music and Dance, and Northeast Blackout of 1965.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING FICTION

>>> E-Book and site navigation change

As you can see, I've switched this year from publishing e-books of my individual stories to publishing a single zipped-file e-book of all my fiction, nonfiction, and fiction recommendations, which I'll update once a year. I'm hoping this will be convenient and relatively inexpensive for any of my readers who like to store lots of my writings on their hard drives; it will certainly free up a lot of publishing time for me.

In the process of preparing the e-book, I've done some navigation changes at this domain to try to cut down on the amount of links-clicking readers have to do to reach stories:

Princeling, From Hell to the Stars, and Main Stream have been moved to Darkling Plain (which now has a revised site content label).

Therefore, the Main Bookshelf main index and Suspenseful Friendship Fiction fantasy index now consists of the following:

The Three Lands: Main Bookshelf novel series.

Darkling Plain: Main Bookshelf stand-alone stories.

I hope that will make things a little less complicated.

>>> Progress reports

If you want to check what stage upcoming stories are at, check the monthly progress report.

>>> Copyright

All of my writings at this domain are now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License. My policy on fan works hasn't changed (create them! please!), but my policy on derivative works has loosened.

>>> My winter break and upcoming fiction

Despite my continued struggles with Internet addiction, my winter writing time went well, with 170,000 words completed. Among other things, I wrote a new Three Lands novelette (that is to say, my 2008 holiday story, Re-creation), did substantial work on two Three Lands novels, and did bits and pieces of work on other stories.

In addition to getting my much-delayed paperbacks published, I plan to devote this publishing season to The Eternal Dungeon, including a few Eternal Dungeon stories that will be linked from Main Stream. Depending on how much time that leaves me with, I also hope to get online a few more Main Bookshelf stories.

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ONLINE FICTION: Noble (Princeling)

Jan. 21st, 2009 | 11:15 am
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When Corbin is taken hostage by York, the King of Fossenvita, he refuses to surrender to the sadistic King's demands that would allow York to win the war between the world's two kingdoms. Only thus, Corbin believes, can he help the petties of Tascania, on whose behalf Tascanian nobles such as himself are fighting the Fossenvites. Rather than lose his honor, Corbin accepts York's "gift": a wounding that will prevent him from ever again fighting with his blade.

But Corbin lives in a world that has been at war for generations, in which only the nobles who command the battles and raids are considered to have honor. Stripped of his title and his ability to fight, Corbin begins to see that the petties alone may hold the answer of how he should live his life. Maimed as he is, though, Corbin cannot seek answers from the petties unless he receives the help of one man: York's son Firmin, who has warned Corbin that he will betray him.

He had made it more than clear during the past three years that he considered me a frail creature, incapable of enduring the hardened life of a soldier. But, then, his opinion was shared by all in the Tascanian Army.

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New blog, fantasy story

Dec. 30th, 2008 | 01:00 am
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The highlights:

He could not leave this room without his father's permission. And he could not imagine going to his father and saying, "Please let me go gather moss so that my slave can have a proper New Year for once." ¶ A novelette in the Three Lands series is presented as a holiday gift story.
—A new LiveJournal blog opens for Main Bookshelf announcements.
—A modified winter schedule begins.

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ONLINE FICTION: Re-creation (The Three Lands) - 2008 holiday gift story

Dec. 28th, 2008 | 10:02 pm
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What can you give a slave who, by law, can own nothing? . . . A 2008 holiday gift story for Dusk Peterson's readers.

He could not leave this room without his father's permission. And he could not imagine going to his father and saying, "Please let me go gather moss so that my slave can have a proper New Year for once."

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ONLINE FICTION: Mystery (The Three Lands)

Dec. 28th, 2008 | 10:02 pm
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Three days ago he faced death by fire. Now he faces a bigger challenge.

Prosper felt the words like a blow. He sensed at once the change in mood in the surrounding men and youths: the shifting of spear from left hand to right, the movement of hand to hilt, the tensing of muscles in preparation.

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ONLINE FICTION: The Breaking (Main Stream)

Dec. 28th, 2008 | 09:55 pm
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The prisoner knew that the Eternal Dungeon was a place where suspected criminals were broken by torture, and he was prepared to hold out against any methods used against him – except the method he could not anticipate.

"Do you have any questions?" the Seeker asked. "About the routine of the dungeon? The times you will be fed? The questions you will be asked? The instruments of torture I use?"

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ONLINE FICTION & BOOKTRAILER: Crossing the Cliff (Darkling Plain)

Dec. 28th, 2008 | 09:55 pm
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After ten years as apprentice to a Peacesteward, the one thing Erastus is sure of is that he's ill-prepared to become a master. Unfortunately, he's about to discover just how ill-prepared he is.

When he and his master stray into forbidden territory, Erastus is thrust alone into a community that is on the brink of war. His only hope for bringing peace is to ally himself with a young boy . . . a boy who has stolen what Erastus values most.

"For a full minute, it seemed, we remained as we were, his left hand upon my shoulder, his right upon my face. His eyes did not move from me; I knew they did not need to. I strained to hear what he was hearing."

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ONLINE FICTION & BOOKTRAILER: Blood Vow (The Three Lands)

Dec. 28th, 2008 | 09:55 pm
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He has taken a blood vow to the Jackal God to bring freedom to his land by killing Koretia's greatest enemy. But what will he do when the enemy becomes his friend?

Thrust into exile and pain, young Andrew has no choice but to accept the friendship of the very person he had vowed to kill. When he returns with his friend to his homeland fifteen years later, though, he finds himself in a land of conflicting loyalties . . . where a vengeful god awaits him.

This novel is part of The Three Lands, a fantasy series set in a multicultural world where conflicts over law and spirituality provide opportunities for friendship and romance, and for betrayal.

I had come to tell him, in the cheerful manner boys have, that our world was about to be destroyed.

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