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About R J Theodore
R J Theodore is an author, podcaster, and graphic designer. She's published multiple books, including the ongoing Peridot Shift series. Her short work has appeared in the award-nominated Glitter + Ashes anthology as well as MetaStellar.
Learn more at rjtheodore.com.
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“Dimspace, a realm shrouded in mystery and promise. Our ship’s gate drive hurls us between star systems, careening between random pinpricks of light faster than light itself can travel. We journey steadily toward the region of the galaxy whence we came, one calculated leap at a time. Each waypoint system offers unique wonders, phenomena, and life to explore, observe, and chronicle.We are seeking our own people, our culture, and our history but it is my goal that, when we reach our destination, we will have our own history to share…”
As the Harrow’s Tusk carries them toward a home world they’ve never seen, iscillian sisters Jayess and Sothree record the worlds they visit, through journaling and illustration. Every encounter brings them one step closer to discovering themselves and who they were meant to be.
Each entry is paired with an original full color illustration.
A critical failure of the Landor’s gate drive has left Ehli stranded in dimspace. Her only companion is BEETL—a drone programmed to terminate any Iscillian who endangers the ship. Ehli definitely qualifies. She caused a gate drive failure when she was driven to distraction by the personal pursuit of a tantalizing clue to her origins.
Locked between the layers of reality, Ehli must find a way to repair the gate drive and rescue herself and her ship. But once she does, can she continue seeking her homeworld, or will BEETL’s deadly protocols activate the moment she fails to set course for an impound outpost? And even if not, how can a lone Iscillian navigate a galaxy when the spacefaring population sees her only as an extension of a ship without a legal crew?
Things are complicated further when Ehli inadvertently involves another Iscillian in her trouble. No longer playing just with her own life, Ehli must solve both the moral and technical disasters before her divergent behavior causes the death of another crew.
Ehli is an iscillian, designed in a lab to serve as a bantam, a ship custodian for a merchant crew. She imagines no future beyond the care of her starship and the quiet hours between ships spent painting in her quarters.
But when she discovers a vague clue that undermines the clear purpose of her existence, the satisfaction she once found in her simple routine dissolves into an unsettling, deadly obsession to learn the truth.
Her job is to put the needs of her ship and its crew before
her own, but every step she takes to investigate her origins—the origins of all iscillian across the galaxy—drags her away from the life she knew and deeper into danger.
But Ehli can’t ignore what she’s learned. She must know what secrets have been kept from her, and she’s willing to risk everything to uncover them.
Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn't Die is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction centering queer joy and community in the face of disaster. What does hope look like when everything is lost? Now, more than ever, we need to revel in the bright spots amidst the darkness. Published September 15 2020.
The twenty-three stories (and two poems) contained here, as well as the roleplaying game Dream Askew by Avery Alder, imagine queer community in myriad futures interrupted by collapse. Post-apocalyptic futures glittering and bleak, challenging and eerie.
Glitter + Ashes is here to hold up a torch. Come gather round the fire.
"This well-edited anthology is remarkably tonally cohesive, united by a fresh view of the apocalypse and themes of community, mutual care, and self-actualization in the face of adversity. Readers both queer and otherwise will find much to love in this joyful celebration of difference and the power of choosing tenderness in a tough world." -- Publishers Weekly
This description and this book contain spoilers for the author's Peridot Shift series. It is recommended that you read FLOTSAM and SALVAGE first!
A gothic horror set in the world of Peridot, Mary Shelley’s influence permeates this magic-infused tale of hubris, horror, and obsession.
Following the events of Peridot Shift Book Two, SALVAGE, a Yu’Nyun gas released on the trade winds is tearing people’s souls from them, leaving their bodies violent, anguished husks. Ada’s brother, Elias, is one of many of the foul winds’ victims.
Launching a desperate plan to bring him back, Ada hires a bounty hunter to procure an empty body for her brother’s preserved quintessence. If Ada can re-bond Elias’s soul to this new body, they can help the other citizens of Peridot who were similarly devastated.
But when the bounty hunter brings her a mermaid, one of Onaya Bone’s soulless experiments, Ada’s plan for redemption spirals into a hellish nightmare. The flesh-eating mermaid may not have a soul, but she won’t allow Elias to have her body without a fight.