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Karin Lowachee

Karin LowacheeKarin Lowachee was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her first science fiction novel won the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Her next two SF novels were finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. In 2006, Cagebird won the Prix Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English and the Spectrum Award. Her books have been translated into French, Hebrew, and Japanese. The Gaslight Dogs is her first fantasy novel. Learn more at
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The Gaslight Dogs: Strong, emotionally gripping

The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee

Karin Lowachee, who has written three highly acclaimed SF novels, released her first fantasy novel, The Gaslight Dogs, in April 2010 — and it’s another good one. The novel has two memorable main characters, Sjennonirk (or Sjenn for short) and Jarrett, as well as several well-drawn side characters. Sjenn is the young spiritwalker of her Anwi (think: Inuit) tribe, who finds herself taken captive by the Ciracusan army and transported from the frozen north to the gaslit city of Nev Anyan. Jarrett is a captain in the Ciracusan army — and the son of a powerful general — who returns on leave to the same city after a fearful encounter with Qoyotariz, a warrior of one of the many tribes Ciracusa is battling.

This is a strong, emotionally gripping novel that deserves much more attention than it received when it first came out. Karin Lowachee’s prose is ... Read More

SHORTS: Gregory, Roanhorse, Vernon, Mamatas & Pratt, Clarke, Lowachee

Our weekly exploration of free and inexpensive short fiction available on the internet. Here are a few stories we've read recently that we wanted you to know about.

“Second Person, Present Tense” by Daryl Gregory (2005, free in print and audio at Clarkesworld, November 2017 issue; originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, September 2005 issue)

I love what Daryl Gregory does with drugs. “Second Person, Present Tense” is about the parents of a girl who died after overdosing on a drug called “Zen” or “Zombie.” Unable to cope with their loss, they latch on to a homeless girl (our narrator) who they hope will come live with them and replace their daughter. (... Read More

More speculative fiction by Karin Lowachee

Warchild — (2002-2005) Publisher: When Jos’ parents are killed in an attack on their trading ship, the boy is kidnapped by the attackers and then escapes — only to fall into the alien hands of humanity’s greatest enemies. He is soon coerced into becoming a spy against the human race.

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