Dear readers,

It seemed like the right moment to interject a few words about what you have here and what I think I’m doing.

At the top of the WordPress page you are looking at are links to WordPress pages (not blog posts) containing the chapters of, right now, about 2,75 novels:

1. Ryel’s Journey. This is a trilogy, of which the first, titled “The First Six Pieces of Dream,” is finished. It’s fantasy with some humor, some R-rated material, and something of the macabre. The hero, Ryel, is a somewhat slutty elf from Tolkien’s Mirkwood, who is hired to retrieve a collection of items in Lovecraft’s Dream World. She meets and takes up with a somewhat mysterious dwarf named Arkmar, and together, somewhat trusting one another, they take her quest to the dark temples of Dylath, the fearsomely crowded seas, the wild winds and hot bedrooms of Oriab and, yes, the Moon.

2. The Road to Bluehorse.This is also going to be a trilogy, but other than that, the only thing it has in common with Ryel’s quest is that the hero, Clay Gilbert, visits the Moon. It’s the story, told with attention to realistic science, of a colony fleet sent out from Earth. The foreground characters, including Clay, are pilots of one person ships. Their small size (to minimize mass for near light speed travel, they are all in the range of 150 cm or about five feet tall, and 60 kg or about 130 lbs) belies their importance as the fleet meets mysteries and dangers its organizers on Earth never expected.

3. The Lyceum of the Lake Winds. Five twelve-year-olds start classes in the fall of 1982 at an invisible middle school for magic in Chicago. This resulted from a role-playing game I ran, and you can probably tell. I’m not sure this is quite the masterpiece!! that The Road to Bluehorse is, but I think you’ll find it amusing.

I have been writing fantasy and science fiction since at least the mid 1990s, and I am interested in publishing on actual traditional paper, but these stories I offer for free in this venue. Enjoy and please do comment.

And meanwhile, allow me to exhibit my extreme accomplishment as a writer… or else to demonstrate the depths of my horrible addiction. The following are, in chronological order, the novels I’ve finished. Some I want to publish traditionally, some I will self-publish on Amazon, and some I will allow to ferment in my computer hard drives until somehow they actually get better. If any of these sound interesting to you, dear reader, email me at

paulgies@maine.edu

and I will send you an electronic copy, or, if you can help with postage, a paper copy.

The Tale of Countess Vivian. This is my masterpiece, in my humble opinion. A young woman inherits the title of Countess of a frontier province of a decaying Empire. She finds herself beset by barbarian invasions and pursued by a mysterious enemy, and she has to learn his secrets—and the secrets of her family’s strange powers—and find the strength of will inside herself in order to defeat him and lead her people to peace. It’s about 240,000 words (600 pages), in three sections (but not really a trilogy). Viv will be print published or not published at all.

The Life of Countess Tereza. My ex-wife’s favorite. Tereza, the great great grandmother of Vivian (above), sees the decline of the Empire and works to assure the safe posterity of her County of Clane—and to defeat or deflect a variety of Lovecraftian threats to the Empire’s civilization and sanity. It also follows the beautiful Countess Tereza from childhood through student life, motherhood and on into old age. If Vivian gets published, surely this prequel will follow.

Silverfleet and Claypool. My original sci fi story, this might be e-published, but the ground it treads is perhaps better covered in The Road to Bluehorse. It follows Halyn Silverfleet, a tiny woman who happens to be the greatest space fighter pilot of her time. Escaping from a sinister dictatorship on old Earth, she gathers a dozen or so other renegades and reformed pirates, and discovers a haven of humanity at the edge of the Galaxy—and also a deadly threat to human life itself.

A Princess of Ghosts. Alice, the fifth child of King Henry, is only ten when she is forced to flee from a treacherous invasion and seek refuge among the Amazons of the North. Her courage, her talent with the sword, and her ability to deal with the ghosts whom only she can see are all needed to restore her father’s kingdom. I think it’s a pretty good sword and sorcery—its premise was the original premise of Vivian, which changed a lot as it was written. This story, at about 350 pages, might someday find its way into print or into e-book status.

You think that’s all, right? Ha. I told you I was an addict.

Alder & Ash. An Amazon warrior science fiction story with some humor. My late lamented father in law liked it. To me, it might be an okay way to try out the e-pub concept.

And then things really got going, when I came up with the character of Jacky Danielle, since changed to Jacky Clothilde, a sort of female Dr Who with a habit of bad romances. All these are about 85,000 words, or about 220 pages, except for The Knot, which is about half that.

The Voyage of Ginger Glass. Jacky drops into a strange world knowing only that she has to find a particular city and retrieve an unknown object there before her time warrior enemies do. She meets and befriends the sea captain Ginger Glass and her crew, and the two of them work to learn each other’s secrets and earn each other’s trust before it’s too late.

And then there are three and a half prequels to Ginger, which form a cycle of death and rebirth:

The Circle’s End, in which Jacky loses her lifelong lover and partner and seeks to trade her own life in to destroy her lifelong nemesis. Clearly she fails in trading in her own life, because she’s still going in

The Trap, in which Jacky drops into a world without magic and has to somehow use it to leave the last bits of her enemy while escaping herself, saving the people who help her, and returning to her long-lost daughter hidden among the planes.

The Knot, a novella in which Jacky tries to untangle a disastrously knotted universe history and discovers the direction a powerful ring, thought to be lost forever, is traveling. She follows that Twelfth Kronah Ring right on into

The Tumbling Ring, in my humble opinion my other masterpiece. Covering the final day and a half of the existence of the Kingdom of Kazmin, it tells how Jacky found and disposed of the most important ring ever to be found bouncing around among the timestreams and histories, and resolves her life issues at the same time; at the end… well, let’s just say that Ginger Glass, which should be read first, makes even more sense once you make it through this one.

And then in 2012 my wife of 29 years suddenly (I thought) informed me that she wanted a divorce, and I coped with this by, among other things, writing

After Naomi. Phil Postman, a master wizard and Guardian of Earth, is informed by Naomi, his wife of 200 years, that their marriage is over. Naomi, a time warrior, disappears on a mysterious mission, and Phil finds himself caught between at least three warring factions, all of which distrust him. And he finds that the Earth itself is threatened with a disgusting and permanent destruction. With a waitress and a bartender and his best friend George the time technician, he sets out to save the world and make sense of his life.

Again, if any of these sound interesting, let me know and I will get a copy to you somehow. I like readers and I love feedback.

Paul

Dr Paul J Gies, Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Maine at Farmington: paulgies@maine.edu

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