BCS 131: The Topaz Marquise

Issue #153

Her words made no sense, but neither did the lost hours. I shivered in the warmth of the day. Beyond the window, in the square, I saw a familiar figure in a tattered cloak. Even from a floor up, the smell that greeted me was unpleasant: unwashed hair, perhaps rotting leather. Suddenly, I wanted to escape from my studio and the chill that hung over it.


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Fran Wilde writes science fiction and fantasy. She can also tie a bunch of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions. Her short fiction has appeared in venues including Asimov’s, Nature, and on Tor.com. Her interview series Cooking the Books, about the intersection between food and fiction, has appeared at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and on her blog, franwilde.wordpress.com. Her first novel, Updraft, set in the same world as "Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud," was a finalist for the Nebula Awards and won the Andre Norton Award and the Compton Crook Award. Her next novel, Cloudbound, a companion novel to Updraft, appeared in September 2016, and a third will follow in September 2017. Her novella “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” published by Tor.com Publishing, is a finalist for the Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards. Find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook@franwildewrites.

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