Sale: “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” to Asimov’s


Sale: “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” to Asimov’s

Quite pleased to announce I’ve sold my novella “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” to Asimov’s for their Oct/Nov 2015 issue, aka “Xuya meets time-travel”. More info (including rough cover copy) here.

It’s about the same length as On a Red Station, Drifting, so more of a short novel, really (34k words); with four POV characters and a fairly complex plot that includes an entire imperial court, thirty-two dead emperors emulated on complex hardware, and a science laboratory in a derelict tea-house; and a lot of familial relations and moral quandaries. Basically, if you liked On a Red Station, Drifting, you’ll probably love this one (and it has a cameo from Linh, too!). And if you didn’t like it–it’s a way more ambitious piece with a bigger scope, so maybe more to your taste *g*

This blog will now lapse back into darkness while I sort out my childcare and my copy edits simultaneously (hint: neither of them are particularly efficient…)


  1. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Thanks, Genevieve!

  3. Finally got to “On red station …” in my “To Read” list, and was desperately looking if you’d written anything else in that setting: happy to see you have.
    The pitch got me at “… 32 dead emperors emulated on complex hardware”
    Congrats on the sale.

  4. @Paul: aw thank you! I know a lot of people enjoyed “On a Red Station”, and I’m really pleased to offer a (sort of) sequel to it.
    The 32 emperors were a lot of fun to write 🙂

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