The Longest Road in the Universe: A Collection of Fantastical Tales

The Longest Road in the Universe Second Edition

Three broken people; a monk bearing a terrible scar, a warrior facing a terrible sorrow, and a woman hiding a terrible past face a relentless army so difficult to defeat it might as well be invincible. Genetically-altered citizens of a volcanic desert planet rush to preserve their cultural heritage as a terraforming project consigns them to death. A population of slaves engineered to love its owners comes to grips with their disappearance, while a grief-stricken pilot follows the trail of his missing master to the center of the galaxy. Supermassive singularities at the end of the universe contemplate the harmony before and the quiet ahead; mourning, eulogizing, and creating something altogether new. Discover these and other stories in The Longest Road in the Universe: A Collection of Fantastical Tales.

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What is a Folk Custom?

What is a folk custom?

Hello, and welcome to the Folklore & Fiction newsletter. In this edition, I'm writing about folk customs with help from scholars Richard Sweterlitsch and Wayland Hand, author Naomi Novik, and friends Vigdís Andersen and Sveinn Svavarsson, among others. This edition of the newsletter marks a departure from folkloric belief and the beginning of a broad-strokes introduction to various folklore genres designed to fill the rest of the year. Each of the upcoming topics is widely studied by folklorists, but because they're less immediately applicable to writers, I'll only be glossing them. However, the structure of the newsletter will remain the same, and my hope is that you'll find something useful in the material for world-building, setting, and dialogue. Next year, I'll be starting something altogether new!

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