Winterdim is a fantasy set in the near future after most of humanity has "Vanished"--gone virtual, leaving behind crumbling cities, failing infrastructure, and the Wild Children, what remains of earth's human population. With a nearly empty world open to them, the oppressed, the dangerous, and the opportunists from the Rootworld have fled to earth to start over, form new alliances, and carve out empires.
Winterdim shares a few characters and takes place almost a hundred and seventy years after the events in the Seaborn Trilogy (Saltwater Witch, Seaborn, Sea Throne), but is a stand-alone story.
Chris Howard is just a creative guy with a pen and a paint brush, author of Seaborn (Juno Books, 2008),Salvage (Masque/Prime Books, 2013), Nanowhere (Lykeion, 2005), and a shelf-full of other books. His short stories and essays have appeared in various zines and anthologies, including “Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology” in Fantasy Magazine and “How to Build Worlds Without Becoming the Minister for Tourism” in Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Penguin, 2014). His story "The Mermaid Game" appeared in the Paula Guran edited anthology Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (Prime, 2015), and “Hammers and Snails” was a Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner. Chris writes and illustrates the comic Saltwater Witch. His art has appeared on dozens of book covers, in Shimmer, BuzzyMag, various RPGs, and on the pages of books, blogs, and other interesting places. Find out more here: www.SaltwaterWitch.com
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