Author has written 16 stories for Miles Vorkosigan, Honor Harrington, Protector of the Small Quartet, and Pride and Prejudice.
I'm a teacher, academic, and published literary critic -- British, male, middle-aged, and tall, with too many cats. (The one looking at you from my userpic is the original of ImpSec, by the way.)
And in every case, the characters and settings used belong to the authors of canon, and are used without permission, for fun, not for profit.
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The Peaceful Vorkosiverse
Comprising Forward Momentum, The Christening Tour, Not Place but People, The Two Ivans, Tug-of-Vor, Vor and Peace, Uncle?, The Peace Memorial, & The Propaganda Cycle -- preferably in that order.
The whole thing was also an experiment, as the summary says. LMB has that rule-of-thumb about when in doubt having the worst thing happen, and my father used to say that if you wanted to test a proposition, try turning it round -- so I wound up with the idea of having good things happen instead, which made me think hard about what spilt milk Miles would want to unspill if he could, and off I went. Several hundred thousand words later ...
Risking a plug, for those as might be interested I've written about Bujold and some of the Vorkosiverse fanfic, including my own AU, in a couple of essays collected in a volume called Of Sex and Faerie: Further Essays on Genre Fiction (Humanities-Ebooks, 2010, and available as a PDF from HEB's site, from Troubador in pbk, and through Amazon's Kindle stores; the PDF is recommended for tablets or anything else with a larger screen). In part, Forward Momentum was an alternative and a companion-piece to the straight Vorkosiverse essay in that volume, called 'Of Marriage and Mutations: LMB and the Several Lives of Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan'; the other stories in the Peaceful Vorkosiverse were left-over plot-bunnies that did what plot-bunnies do, and their children. And the process of writing both non-fic and fic as a response to Bujold's remarkable work led to the second essay, called 'Of Criticism and Continuities: A Personal Account of Serial Reading in the Age of the Web', which includes a brief historical account of fic that has some C19 and earlier C20 material I haven't seen cited elsewhere.
The complete AU is also posted both at LiveJournal and AO3 (I'm Bracketyjack in both places). Both sites present long material rather more readably than FFN, and allow proper section-breaks. AO3 also allows downloads in a variety of formats, for those who'd like to read on a mobile device.
I try to reply to all comments, but it's impossible here on FFN unless the commenter is a member. If you're not, but would like to discuss something, PM me with an eddress (which you will have to spell out using DOT and AT, or it will automatically be removed by FFN's nannyware) and I'll try to get back to you ASAP.
I also edit writing on genre fiction for Humanities-Ebooks, so if anyone is interested in writing non-fictionally about their favourite genre work -- whether crime, SF&F, YA and children's lit, romance, or whatever -- do please get in touch by PM'ing me. You don't have to be an experienced writer for publication, but there does need to be something you'd like to say about a book or series that matters to you. And while the rules about quoting fanfiction in print are kinda murky, there is nothing to stop anyone writing about fanfiction for publication -- and such work would be very welcome. God knows there's enough stuff out there that deserves serious comment : just think of it as properly courteous reviewing writ large ...
Five Scenes in the Life of Elizabeth III
This reverse-angle fic (not my usual thing) came into existence as the overlong prologue of a novel to be called Honor Among Thieves, in which Honor was decisively to short-circuit David Weber's increasingly glacial timeline, whack High Ridge and his vile cronies until their eyes lurched, and feed all Detweilers to a passel of vengeful treecats. With BBQ sauce. But alas, it stalled at about 70,000 words, I haven't revisited it in a while now, and I can't see that changing any time soon ; so as this bit can stand alone ...
The "Teen and Up" rating is purely for the deaths of Denver Summervale, Pavel Young and Steadholder Burdette.
Dead fics tend to distress or annoy me, so I don't intend to post the unfinished novel, unless I should happen to be bombarded with requests for it. But if you'd like another 50,000 words or so, you're welcome to drop me a PM with an eddress and I'll fire it along.
See Honor Among Thieves below.
Lady Knight Volant
This long novel is canon compliant with events before Rathhausak, but overwrites the last chapter and epilogue of Lady Knight and shifts the dates of various weddings. Most but not all later canonical and extracanonical facts are adopted. The rating is a strong T, borderline M, for tauros rape and battle violence.
There are two continuity problems in Protector of the Small—the missing year in Squire, and the fate of Sergeant Connac. I assume Connac went with Sir Merric and the adult refugees, and lived. I also assume the scale of the map in Lady Knight is correct, not the various distances implied in the text, though I invent topography in the Greenwoods valley to suit myself. The missing year, notionally 457–8 or 458–9 HE, is trickier, and while I assume it was without major incident I adjust canonical dates, so Kel underwent her Ordeal aged 18 at Midwinter 460 (not 459, as in canon). I also posit that Kalasin’s canonically undated marriage to Kaddar took place, and (though it doesn’t fit politically or with regard to Daine’s children) the undated events of ‘The Dragon’s Tale’—so Skysong can talk to humans, and the opal dragon Kawit is sometimes seen in Tortall.
There are many fic continuations of Lady Knight, some excellent—but none quite did everything I wanted and I make no apology for writing another that does. One purpose was to continue the quartet’s novel-by-novel curve into greater length and more serious concerns, and the rating is for violence, sexuality, and tauroses; I have little interest in being graphic for its own sake, but readers will not be left doubting what has happened. A second grew from the way TP keeps her Tortallan series as distinct as they are interconnected, and my curiosity as to whether, say, Diamondflame ever visited Kitten in Tortall or how the sociopolitical experiment at Dunlath fared during the Scanran war. An infusion from The Immortals gave Kel her knowing animals, so that aspect needed to be projected too. This does mean that Kel and others are growing and changing, and I don’t believe she could survive events at Rathhausak and after without effects that run deep.
I also owe two impersonal acknowledgements -- to ConfusedKnight, for her remarkable Fallen, now nearing epic completion, from which I take some Scanran names and history (including Somalkt and the Bloody Plains), and which first made me ponder the plot value of tauroses; and to Sarramaks, for her splendid Festival Sequence, for the idea of using the old quarter-day and cross-quarter-day holidays as a structural principle. And two personal ones, to Matthew and to Scott, for beta-reading.
In the language of heraldry a bird 'volant' is shown in flight.
For those who like visual aids, I've posted my working-plan of New Hope and a cross-section of palisades, glacis, and moat at my LiveJournal account -- use the tag 'map'.
And for what it's worth, I have published on Pierce -- an essay, 'Of Stormwings and Valiant Women', in my collection Of Modern Dragons, a little guide to 'The Immortals', and a guide to 'The Protector of the Small' with annotations, an essay, and a note on PotS fanfic. The PotS guide also has comments by TP that include new extracanonical data concerning Jump, death magic, the killing devices and more, as well as more discursive comments on women in combat and other things. (The links are to the Humanities-Ebooks site, but all are also available in the Kindle Store.)
September 2012 (links updated September 2013)
And, just in, Tonnocal has done some fanart of New Hope, very pretty and pleasing. It's back-to-front (or top-to-bottom) from my p-o-v, but a delight, and Tonnocal has my warm thanks. You can see it here, on deviantart.
For those who like their barding, the Metropolitan Museum has just (wonderfully) made available online their entire out-of-print back catalogue, including The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480-1620 (2005). The PDF takes a while to load but is well worth it.
And if you want a rather disturbing glimpse of what a spidren might be like, try this short video.
ETA (February 2014) : By request (of CharmedArtist), I post below the part and chapter structure -- properly, the 'Contents' page of the novel -- so it may be seen at a glance :
Captain Vorpatril's Plotbunnies
The result of an attack by a half-squad of those plotbunnies, suffered while reading Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, and given what I hope is slightly more shape than just a sequence. My thanks to Scott for beta-reading.
The Temple of Sakuyo
A sequel to Lady Knight Volant, a good deal shorter and (I hope) rather funnier. My thanks once again to Scott for beta-reading, even though I didn't in the end take his advice about either the Prologue or the shape of Sakuyo's Temple ; besides, I like geodesic domes, even if he doesn't.
FFN not being so good at allowing readers to see the shape and structure of a longer work, the novel's contents page is given below.
The usual thanks to Scott for beta-ing, even though I inflicted the geodesic dome on his architectural sensibilities.
Prologue -- The Best Jests Catch the Jester : New Hope and elsewhere, October 463 HE
Chapter One -- Summons : New Hope, Midwinter - February, 463-4 HE
Chapter Two -- Yaman : Heian-Kyo, 21-2 March, 464 HE
Chapter Three -- Pickles : Heian-Kyo, 23 March, 464 HE
Chapter Four -- Offence : Kiyomizu-dera, 24 March, 464 HE
Chapter Five -- Justice : Heian-Kyo, 24 March, 464 HE
Chapter Six -- Consequences : Heian-Kyo and Suzuoka, 25-30 March, 464 HE
Chapter Seven -- Temple : Edo, 1 April, 464 HE
Epilogue -- The Pilgrims' Way : Mindelan and New Hope, June, 466 HE
Alerted by CharmedArtist, I discovered the havoc that FFN's interface had wrought. In my original MS, colons and semi-colons were set off by a preceding hard space (as you can see in the text posted at AO3), which makes them clearer on pretty much all screens -- and FFN had removed every last one, leaving many sentences horribly ungrammatical. With apologies to those who encountered the mangled text here, I have now (amid many obscene gerunds) re-uploaded every chapter, with the punctuation restored (though no clarifying spaces).
Honor Among Thieves
This, at long last, is the alternative Honorverse novel to which Five Scenes in the Life of Elizabeth III is the prologue. It wilfully Wraps Up the Whole Thing, in a little over 200,000 words, because while I do enjoy the Honorverse, and very much admire some of the things Weber has done with it, the pace of canon has become glacially slow in the last decade, and there are limits. And while I'm not parodying Weber's prose (what would be the point?) I am, in some places and respects, gently mocking some features of his style.
For me a fic and a non-fic response to canon often happen in tandem. Forward Momentum happened alongside the Bujold essays in Of Sex and Faerie, and Lady Knight Volant alongside the Genre Fiction Sightline on Reading ... Protector of the Small. I also have lurking on my Mac a half-finished continuation of The Lord of the Rings, called The Choices of Mayor Samwise, that happened alongside Tolkien's Triumph. And so alongside Honor Among Thieves there is The Exasperating Case of David Weber. It's a long essay (c.30,000 words, not counting notes or bibliography) that was written as much in sorrow as in irritation, and both apply. Rudyard Kipling wrote of treating "triumph and disaster [...] just the same", but Weber has managed to make his triumph and disaster the same, and those things that were the Honorverse's glories have become its bane. There are three sections and a conclusion: 'Un/Economies of Scale', 'Prose and Cons', 'Dropping the Ball', and 'The Virtues of Editing'.
Anyway, the chapters of Honor Among Thieves are, for various reasons, of wildly varying lengths (ch. 5 is absurdly long), but they are contained within a reasonably taut overall structure, given below. And my warm thanks to Scott, my brother David, David Carter, and Eva FanAuthor for beta-ing, with apologies to Eva for not taking her thoughtful advice about a particular device.
Prologue -- Five Scenes in the Life of Elizabeth III
PART I -- TRIBULATIONS
Chapter One -- Harrington city & Austin City, Dec. 1916 - Jan. 1917 PD
Chapter Two -- Landing, Feb. - Mar. 1917 PD
Chapter Three -- New Berlin & Nouveau Paris, Apr. - May 1917 PD
PART II -- TRIALS
Chapter Four -- Landing, Trevor's Star, & Austin City, Jun. - Jul. 1917 PD
Chapter Five -- Landing, Nouveau Paris, & Sphinx, Aug. - Sept. 1917 PD
Chapter Six -- Landing & Harrington Duchy, Oct. 1917 PD
Epilogue -- Five Scenes in the Lives of Other People
Alerted by Pax Humana, I discovered the havoc that FFN's interface had wrought. In my original MS, colons and semi-colons were set off by a preceding hard space (as you can see in the text posted at AO3), which makes them clearer on pretty much all screens -- and FFN had removed every last one, leaving many sentences horribly ungrammatical. With apologies to those who encountered the mangled text here, I have now (amid many obscene gerunds) re-uploaded every chapter, with the punctuation restored (though no clarifying spaces).
Captain Vordarcy's Alliance
As the summary says, this one was one of those left-field thoughts that wouldn't then leave me alone. And it is, of course, like most Austen fic, an excuse for people to say things, particularly to Caroline Bingley, Mrs Bennet, and Lydia.
The surface is very Pride and Prejudice, but Bujold fans should find enough Vorkosiverse references in the background to keep them happy, and they get Cordelia's shopping habits in a new arena, if very briefly. In terms of correspondences, btw, Alys Vorpatril would be the unseen Countess Vorfitzwilliam, and properly Ivan's mother, while Lady Vordebourgh is the sister of Count Vorfitzwilliam and Count Vordarcy's deceased first wife.
Very early readers here on FFN will have encountered some troubling grammar, because I forgot that FFN's wrstfxz interface strips out all semi-colons and colons that have a preceding space. (Why would software do that, I ask? It's lunacy.) Now reuploaded and fixed, with apologies to any who read it unfixed.
Oh, and while my Scottish convent is of course a fantasy, there is or was, I swear, a Church of the Holy Spasm in Jerusalem. Honest.