Like the Absurdist Mafia, Team Four was going to give our protagonists an offer they couldn’t understand.
Brian Francis Slattery is the author of Spaceman Blues, Liberation, Lost Everything, and The Family Hightower. Lost Everything won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2012. He’s the arts and culture editor for the New Haven Independent, an editor for the New Haven Review, and a freelance editor for a few not-so-secret public policy think tanks. He also plays music constantly with a few different groups in a bunch of different genres. He has settled with his family just outside of New Haven and admits that elevation above sea level was one of the factors he took into account. For one week out of every year, he enjoys living completely without electricity.
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Let's celebrate the end of our #ColdWitch research journey with a very special Bookburners crossover edition of Cold Witch History Lessons. Let's take a look into the Codex Gigas, also known as the Czechoslovakian Devil's Bible.
A fixed Orb and a lead on Team Four sends Sal and the gang on a truly mind-bending manhunt.
Borders are much on my mind – as well as the question of who’s allowed through them, when, how, and what they get called once they’re on the other side. Writing fantasy – where I can decant my anger into beings of living flame – is what allows me to approach topics I find otherwise paralysing.
A fiery mystery leads the team to Canada where they learn about more than just the contentious fishing industry of Manitoba.
Let me spread to you the good word of Six Flying Dragons, my new obsession-slash-fandom. It's all of the personal drama and spine-shivers of "Wow, this really happened," except that, for me, it opened up realms of compelling history that I'd never heard a whisper about before.
Liam and Grace travel to Shanghai to investigate a lead on the Orb – and hopefully their own pasts.
Asanti’s murky past gets a bit clearer when an old friend visits her to reminisce…and collect on a debt.
The Vatican’s Secret Archives, aka Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, are subject to wild conspiracy theories, and for good reason. With a name like that, who wouldn’t speculate?
Frustrated at the still-broken Orb, Liam does some old-school web fishing and gets a nibble from Turkey.
The surprising pleasures of writing this episode lay in realizing how little I had to stray from the truth, from actual experiences I’d had at academic conferences, to make “Mistakes Were Made” work. The harried and overburdened staff. The presenter who realizes slowly, during the presentation, that his work isn’t even all that interesting to his peers and possibly himself. The resolute eccentric who does amazing work but has deep-sixed his own career because he couldn’t care less about his discipline’s politics. I’d already met them all.
Asanti and Liam sneak invites to a magical conference in Russia, and find the bad coffee and cheap cups the least of their problems.