John C. Wright Novellas and Short Fiction for 2008

Well, despite my best efforts, I did not get a novel written in 2008. I generated enough pages for two novels, but I could not, (or, alas, did not) despite the time allotted for the task, shape it into publishable form.

This does not mean I was entirely idle during 2008!
“One Bright Star to Guide Them”
“Last Report on Unit Twenty-Two”
“Guyal the Curator”
“The Far End of History”
“Choosers of the Slain”
“Twilight of the Gods”
"C.S. Lewis was the Joshua Flattening the Walls of My Disbelief" (nonfiction)

If you would like to read these stories, friends and fans, let me tell you where to find them:

  • “One Bright Star to Guide Them” (a personal favorite of mine) was sold to Gordon van Gelder at THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION. Here is the table of contents for the April-May 2009 issue:

“The Spiral Briar” by Sean McMullen

“A Wild and a Wicked Youth” by Ellen Kushner

“The Price of Silence” by Deborah J. Ross

“One Bright Star to Guide Them” by John C. Wright

“The Avenger of Love” by Jack Skillingstead

“Andreanna” by S. L. Gilbow

“Stratosphere” by Henry Garfield

“The Brave Little Toaster” by Thomas M. Disch (reprint)

“Sea Wrack” by Edward Jesby(reprint)

One may subscribe here:

  • “Last Report on Unit Twenty-Two” will appear in SO IT BEGINS, Mike McPhail, editor. Here is the table of contents:

"Surrender Or Die” by David Sherman

“ Recidivism” by Charles E. Gannon

“ The Last Report On Unit Twenty-Two” by John C. Wright

“ The Mercy Rebellion” by James Daniel Ross

“ Clean Sweep” by Jonathan Maberry

“ War Movie” by James Chambers

“ The Battle For Knob Link” by Patrick Thomas

“ Junked” by Andy Remic

“ First Line” by Danielle Ackley-Mcphail

“ To Spec” by Charles E. Gannon

“ Gun Sergeant” by Jeffrey Lyman

“ Grendel” by Jack Campbell ( John G. Hemry)

“ Cling Peaches” by Mike Mcphail

“ The Glass Box” by Bud Sparhawk

“ Looking For A Good Time” by Tony Ruggiero

“ Everything is Better with Monkeys” by C.J. Henderson

Still in production. See for details

  • “Guyal the Curator” will appear in SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois: a much-anticipated Jack Vance tribute anthology, starring some of the most luminous names in the constellation of modern fantasy authors. Here is the table of contents:

"The Green Bird" by Kage Bager
"The Good Magician" by Glen Cook
"The Copsy Door" by Terry Dowling
"The Last Golden Thread" by Phyllis Eisenstein
"The Return of the Fire Witch" by Elizabeth Hand
"Grolion of Almery" by Matthew Hughes
"Evillo the Uncunning" by Tanith Lee
"An Incident in Uskvosk" by Elizabeth Moon
"Inescapable" by Mike Resnick
"Sylgarmo’s Proclamation" by Lucius Shepard
"The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale" by Robert Silverberg
"The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz" by Dan Simmons
"The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod" by Jeff VanderMeer
"The Traditions of Karzh" by Paula Volsky
"Caulk the Witch-Chaser" by Liz Williams
"The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or The Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lixal Laqavee" by Tad Williams
"Abrizonde" by Walter Jon Williams
"Guyal the Curator" by John C. Wright
"A Night at the Tarn House" by George R.R. Martin
"Frogskin Cap" by Howard Waldrop
"An Invocation of Curiousity" by Neil Gaiman

One may pre-order from Subterranean Press here:

  • “The Far End of History” (a Golden Oecumene story, quite possibly my last ever) will appear in NEW SPACE OPERA II, edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan.

"Utriusque Cosmi" by Robert Charles Wilson

"The Island" by Peter Watts

"Events Preceding the Hevetican Renaissance" by John Kessel

"To Go Boldly" by Cory Doctorow

"The Lost Princess Man" by John Barnes

"Defect" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

"To Raise A Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves" by Jay Lake

"Shell Game" by Neal Asher

"Punctuality" by Garth Nix

"Inevitable" by Sean Williams

"Join The Navy and See the Worlds" by Bruce Sterling

"Fearless Space Pirates of the Outer Rings" by Bill Willingham

"From the Heart" by John Meaney

"Chameleons" by Elizabeth Moon

"The Tenth Muse" by Tad Williams

"Cracklegrackle" by Justina Robson

"The Tale of the Wicked" by John Scalzi

"Catastrophe Baker and a Canticle for Leibowitz" by Mike Resnick

"The Far End of History" by John C. Wright

Available for pre-order here:

  • “Choosers of the Slain” appears in CLOCKWORK PHOENIX, Mike Allen, editor. Here is the table of contents:

"The City of Blind Delight” by Catherynne M. Valente

“ Old Foss is the Name of His Cat” by David Sandner

“ All the Little Gods We Are” by John Grant

“ The Dew Drop Coffee Lounge” by Cat Rambo

“ Bell, Book, and Candle” by Leah Bobet

“ The Tarrying Messenger” by Michael J. DeLuca

“ The Occultation” by Laird Barron

“ There is a Monster Under Helen’s Bed” by Ekaterina Sedia

“ Palisade” by Cat Sparks

“ The Woman” by Tanith Lee

“ A Mask of Flesh” by Marie Brennan

“ Seven Scenes from Harrai’s Sacred Mountain” by Jennifer Crow

“ Oblivion: A Journey” by Vandana Singh

“ Choosers of the Slain” by John C. Wright

“ Akhila, Divided” by C.S. MacCath

“ The Moon-Keeper’s Friend” by Joanna Galbraith

“ The Tailor of Time” by Deborah Biancotti

“ Root and Vein” by Erin Hoffman

See here ( ) for information on where to purchase this volume

  • “Twilight of the Gods” appears in the anthology FEDERATIONS edited by John Joseph Adams. Here is the table of contents:

“Mazer in Prison” by Orson Scott Card (reprint)

“Carthago Delenda Est” by Genevieve Valentine

“Life-Suspension” by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

“Terra-Exulta” by S. L. Gilbow

“Aftermaths” by Lois McMaster Bujold (reprint)

“Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy” by Harry Turtledove (reprint)

“Prisons” by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason (reprint)

“Different Day” by K. Tempest Bradford

“Twilight ofthe Gods” by John C. Wright

“Warship” by George R. R. Martin and George Guthridge (reprint)

“Swanwatch” by Yoon Ha Lee

“Spirey and the Queen” by Alastair Reynolds (reprint)

“Pardon Our Conquest” by Alan Dean Foster

“Symbiont” by Robert Silverberg (reprint)

“The Ship Who Returned” by Anne McCaffrey (reprint)

“My She” by Mary Rosenblum

“The Shoulders of Giants” by Robert J. Sawyer (reprint)

“The Culture Archivist” by Jeremiah Tolbert

“The Other Side of Jordan” by Allen Steele

“Like They Always Been Free” by Georgina Li

“Eskhara” by Trent Hergenrader

“The One with the Interstellar Group Consciousnesses” by James Alan Gardner

“Golubash, or Wine-War-Blood-Elegy” by Catherynne M. Valente

Available for pre-order here

  • "C.S. Lewis was the Joshua Flattening The Walls of My Disbelief" is a short testimonial I wrote for a nonfiction work called MERE CHRISTIANS edited by Andrew Lazo and Mary Anne Phemister.

Contributors include Michael Ward, Phillip Yancey, Earl Palmer, John C. Lennox, Francis S. Collins, Joseph Pearce, Atessa Afshar, and Chuck Colson, Jerry Root, and Walter Hooper, who writes the Foreword, Clyde S. Kilby, David C. Downing, Lyle Dorsett, Don W. King, Ronald Bresland, Joy Davidman, and, for the first time, Merrie Gresham (wife of Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham). Other contributions include accounts from such notables as singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis, Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, pollster George Gallup, Jr., and novelist Anne Rice.

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