Further Adventures – two new stories

Okay, so it *is* Wednesday (blame sequencing), but let’s focus on the good news:

two new stories in Further Adventures!

Zénobie: I’m of course thrilled to see Antryg and Joanna again – and not only do we get to hear about poltergeists, rock stars, her parents, and COOKIES, I also learned the keyboard encoding for é (alt-0233, in case you want to make some, too).

Hagar: To quote Rose: “what further incident could top fire, mayhem, and murder…” Benjamin goes out of town and…adventures ensue.

Enjoy! A big thank-you to everyone who has bought stories.

Two new stories (incoming)

Hi, all, and Happy New Year!

I have two stories from Barbara that should be up on Further Adventures tomorrow (Wednesday at the latest):

Zénobie (Antryg and Joanna) and

Hagar (Benjamin January)

Check back soon!




Yay Brandon Sanderson!

Fun to see the NY Times‘ interview with Brandon Sanderson today – one of my favorite inspired by another!  Sanderson may be best known at present for (finally) finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (possibly better than Jordan himself would have).  If you haven’t read his Stormlight Archive books yet, I highly recommend them.  Looks like there will be many more to come.

I was handed Hambly’s Those Who Hunt the Night in a similar vein to Sanderson and Dragonsbane.  How about you?


It’s…elementary! Sherlock Holmes in the Further Adventures shop

The Further Adventures shop gets yet another infusion of stories!  These are a wee bit different than the previous several and (just so you know what you’re getting into), Barbara has written up a little explanation about each of them.  All four of these stories feature Sherlock Holmes (update Jan 25 – the fourth one is now in the shop).

Sherlock Holmes Guide to Stories (from Barbara)

These stories were written for anthologies – that is, the editor picked a category of tale that he wanted Holmes to be dealing with, and I wrote to order. Two of them – “Lost Boy” and “Antiquarian’s Niece” – are straight fantasy. “Dollmaker” (which I will post shortly) is a “straight-up” Holmes story: no fantasy, no outside elements. “Sinister Chinaman” falls somewhere in between.

“The Adventure of the Lost Boy” – Fantasy tale written originally for Gaslight Grimoire, edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec, Edge Books – Narrated by Mrs. Mary Watson, it relates Holmes’ relationship with Peter Pan. I stuck to the original Barrie version of Peter Pan and stayed away from the Disney version.

“The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece” – Fantasy tale written originally for Shadows Over Baker Street, edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan – Narrated by Dr. John H. Watson. However, since the anthology was about Holmes’ involvement with various aspects of Lovecraft’s Chthulhu mythos cycle, at one point in the story I switch over into the typical Lovecraftian narrative voice (though it’s still poor Watson speaking): you can’t have a Lovecraft story without hysterical cries about formless shuggoths dancing in the nameless abysses of non-geometrical time and space, now, can you?

“The Adventure of the Sinister Chinaman” – Originally written for Sherlock Holmes: Crossovers Casebook edited by Howard Hopkins, from Moonstone Press. Narrated by Dr. John H. Watson. Crossovers Casebook wanted stories of Holmes teaming up with other characters to solve a problem – the anthology included teamings of Holmes with Arsene Lupin, Calamity Jane, Sexton Blake, etc. I put a little whisper of a fantasy spin on it by teaming him up with that great prestidigitator and aeronaut, Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, better known to literature as Oz the Great and Powerful, after the wizard’s departure from Oz (and before he found his way back there, as was related in L. Frank Baum’s fourth Oz book, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz). But it’s a perfectly straightforward real-world adventure. Again, I’ve stuck with the original literary source on the Wizard, rather than anything from the MGM (or Disney) versions of the character.

“The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk” – To come. Originally written for My Sherlock Holmes, edited by Michael Kurland. Narrated by Mrs. Mary Watson. The first Holmes story I wrote (other than the scads of them I wrote in grade school for my own edification), a non-fantasy, Doyle-esque, real-world Holmes adventure, narrated by Mrs. Watson. [I’ll get this story on the website as soon as I get it re-keyed from the only hard-copy I have].


Antryg and Joanna are back! And Ingold and Gil!

It’s not every day you get an email that contains the following lines:

Personal Paradise is Antryg & Joanna, called in as consultants for a corporation selling condominiums in the Void.”

Whisper is Gil, Ingold, and the gang at the Keep, dealing with the ramifications of having a transporter but no operator’s manual for it.”

…but such is the description Barbara sent me about the new stories that are up tonight in the Further Adventures store!

In the near future….Further Adventures will feature four of Barbara’s Sherlock Holmes stories – these have all been in anthologies in the past, but even I found some of them difficult to obtain.  So hopefully they will be new to you!  If you’re not a follower of the legal tangle surrounding the use of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, the release of these stories is partly because of the recent ruling (pdf of the court ruling – this may be too much detail for, but I like primary sources) that Holmes and other characters from Doyle’s works are considered public domain (with restrictions based on dates) and other authors can use them without prior license from his estate.

Enjoy the new stories – I’m off to read them myself.


Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the upcoming year!

Thanks for the good wishes sent after the last post – they are much appreciated.

If you’re looking for a quick post-holiday read, consider one of the Further Adventures stories – I’m hoping that Barbara will have a new one soon for everyone to enjoy (I’m voting for Antryg and Joanna, but I’ll take whatever comes along).


Take care-



Zippy update

Happy Thanksgiving (mostly to the Americans), and hi to everyone else!

I should be catching up with Barbara soon and asking about new stories/upcoming plans.  She’s been busy with teaching, and I’ve been…busy with my partner’s cancer.  Yep, about when the robot finally was getting less needy, lymphoma entered my love’s life.  It’s been a rocky few months, and almost everything (including, at times, eating and sleeping!) has been pushed to one side.  It looks like he’s responding well to the chemo.  I’ve been a cancer biologist for…oh, a long time now, but this is a very different perspective.


Best wishes for the holidays.  I promise I’ll be back.  Take care, everyone!




Okay…finally, after answering questions over a looooong period of many years, I can say:




Audible has a number of them, including a lot of the older Del Rey fantasies, and at least some of the Benjamin January books.  I’ve never understood the appeal of the audiobook, but I sincerely hope that if you’ve been waiting for them, that you enjoy them hugely!

Two New Further Adventure Stories!

Hi, all-

I’ve just added the latest two arrivals to the Further Adventures. The latest two stories are Shadowbaby, set in the Winterlands/Dragonsbane universe, and Nanya of the Butterflies, a Sun Wolf and Starhawk story. Both stories are brand-new, never-before-published, and approximately 15 K words in length (I tell you the latter because…people ask).  All Further Adventures stories are $5.


For those of you who thought maybe I had died…no, just very busy with a robot.  Well, two robots.  Really.  I work for a small company, we’re doing an automation project, and I’ve had my head stuck in a robot (and then in the code for the robots) since September.  We’re neeeeerly done, and then I might be able to get some of my life back.  So no, there’s not much updated on the page, although I did try to make the store a little bit easier to navigate. In the meantime, please check out the new stories, and feel free to comment on news in the Hambly-world.  As always, up-to-date info on Barbara’a life and writing can be found at her blog (see the link to the right).  I will drag the page into the Century of the Fruitbat soon, the robots HAVE to launch soon.



Plus-One joins the Further Adventures stable (Antryg alert!) tonight

Hi, all-

Hope you’re having a great summer!  The latest Further Adventures story, Plus-One, debuts tonight.  If anyone thought that traveling to California meant Joanna and Antryg were going to have a nice peaceful life, unmarred by brushes with alien lifeforms, random Voids, and errant mageborn (not to mention rock stars, ectoplasm, and the intricacies of tending bar)…well, they were wrong.  Head on over to the Further Adventures page to read an excerpt (it’s a very silly excerpt) and purchase the story.

The Further Adventures page will be getting an update in the near future, as this site undergoes a complete rearrangement and update.  It will take a while – my coding-till-2am college days are long past – but it is coming.