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I know not where is that Promethean heat / That can thy light relume.*

Some Promethean Age stuff, and link salad:

For those who like photo references with their books, some pictures.

Where Carel Bierce works. That first building is Beach Hall--that long green lawn is the one that Matthew comments on, and this is about how it would look in mid-October. Second two photos are of Mirror Lake, and you can kind of see the enormous Wisconsin Weeping Willow who has a speaking part in Blood & Iron in the background of the third one. His UCONN Hort Society web page seems to be down, but you can at least see the thumbnail of the tree at the top of the Google image cache. And it may come back; you never know.

It's one heck of a tree.

A couple of people have asked what the status of the other Promethean Age books is, and how many of them there are. And I thought I had posted a list a while back, but buggered if I can find it. So I guess I will do the roundup here, with a timeline.


Blood & Iron (published 2006, set in October 1997), takes place in Connecticut, New York City, and Annwn.

Whiskey & Water (forthcoming 2007, set in the first week of October 2004. The clever will notice that this is seven years after Blood & Iron Hmm.), takes place in New York City, Connecticut, Boston, somewhere near Northampton MA, the Arthur Kill just off Staten Island, Annwn, and Hell.


The Stratford Man (set between May of 1593 and oh, 1597 or so IIRC), takes place in London, Stratford, Hell, and Annwn.

The Journeyman Devil (set between 1597 and 1605, with a later epilogue), takes place in London, Stratford, Hell, and Annwn.

Written, waiting their turn in the barrel:

One-Eyed Jack (set in 1964 and 2002), takes place in New York City (for one scene), Las Vegas, St. Thomas Nevada, and Los Angeles.

Planned or proposed:

Dog & Raven:Hungary, Wallachia, and environs, 15th century. Concerns Matthias Corvinus and lo, the Hunyadi, Bathory, and Dracula clans. Because really, the whole Dragon Prince thing? So not fun to live in the neighborhood of.

Posthumous Jonson: England, early 17th century. Seems to want to in part take the form of a letter composed by the dying Ben Jonson. (He spent the last nine years of his life bedbound from a stroke, in the gatehouse at Westminster, "with a pet fox and a housekeeper.") Consequently, will probably be the most depressing book ever.

Balm & Oil: Tsavo, East Africa, March 1898

Wounds are for the desperate, blows are for the strong.
Balm and oil for weary hearts all cut and bruised with wrong.
I forgive thy treason—I redeem thy fall—
For Iron—Cold Iron—must be master of men all!

--Rudyard Kipling

Rag & Bone: Britain, Ireland, and the Continent, 1890's or possible early 1900's

I must lie down where all the ladders start
In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart.

--W. B. Yeats

Unsuitable Metal: Stalingrad, Leningrad, Kiev--the early 1940's. Werewolves! Snipers! Partisans! Second most depressing book ever, I suspect.

Corinna, Corinna: Las Vegas, after One-Eyed Jack, and possibly the Wild West in general. Virginia City? San Fancisco? Seattle? New Orleans? You never know. (This is the working title for the American ballad book, which may likely also feature Stagger Lee and some other well-known folks. (John Henry shows up in One-Eyed Jack) The trick is going to be not letting it turn into American Gods, but if OEJ didn;t, I can probably get away with it.

Patience & Fortitude: New York City, end of 2004, 2005

Also, I want to write one set in modern India, but that will require field trips. Fortunately, I have ashacat to hold my hand.

There are also a lot of Promethean short stories, including the not-Lovecraft stuff (which is, yes, the same continuity, and yes, that does suggest that Pinky and Jack know each other, and no, I haven't written that story yet.) To date, these are:

"The Cold Blacksmith" in Jim Baen's Universe June, 2006 (Morgan and Weyland, back in the day)

"Long Cold Day " in SCIFICTION, May 4th, 2005 (an old drunk, his inept magic-using son, and two hounds of Tindalos on a cold day in some western foothill town)

"House of the Rising Sun" in The Third Alternative #42 (Summer 2005) (this is a chapter from One-Eyed Jack, the one that introduces Tribute)

"One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King" in Lenox Avenue, March-April 2005 (this is also a chapter from One-Eyed Jack)

"Botticelli " at The Agony Column, February 2005 (These are not the same Russian and American as are in OEJ. Because the spies in OEJ are not the only iterations of those stories in the Promethean Age universe. And yes, the critters from "Botticelli" will be back, someday. )

"Follow Me Light" in SCIFICTION, January 12th, 2005 (a Lovecraftian category romance, starring Pinky Gilman, monster, and Maria Del Prado, a defense attorney who can see guilty people.)

"Old Leatherwings" in Lenox Avenue, July 2004 (The New England legend of the Old Leatherman told as a fairy tale)

"The Chains That You Refuse" in Chiaroscuro, April 2004 (A Boston hedge-wizard has an interesting hour)

"Tiger! Tiger!" in the anthology Shadows Over Baker Street (Del Rey, September 2003) (Tiger hunting in India in 1880)

"The Dying of the Light" (with Amber van Dyk) in the April 2003 issue of The Fortean Bureau (YBF&H Honorable Mention) (I'm not sure this technically counts as a PA story, because I dunno what Amber was thinking? But. The magic system in "The Dying of the Light" certainly fits the Promethean Age model. Not Promethean magic, but the nasty Faerie kind, and there are certainly Leannan Sidhe in the PA universe.)

"The Company of Four" in Scheherazade issue #20 (Backstory in the Seelie court)


"Inelastic Collisions" in Inferno from Tor books, 2007, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Pinky Gilman, and Gretchen and Tamara, are all in this one.)

"Sonny Liston Takes the Fall," in an as-yet untitled Datlow athology (another Jackie story, concerning boxing, horse racing, sacrifice, Cassius Clay, civil rights, and the life and death of Sonny Liston.)

"Sounding" in Strange Horizons. (A story about a fin whale, a Nantucket fishing trawler captain, and the woman who loves him)


"Cryptic Coloration" (Matthew in New York City about a year and a month before Blood and Iron)


feyandstrange on being an ambassador from Mars.

This made me homesick for sclerotic_rings, because I didn't see it there first: New developments on dinosaur endo/exothermy.

*Othello. Act v. Sc. 2



I finished B&I yesterday -- So. Good. I will squee at you at SDCC next week. =)
Yay! I can't wait!
It's exhaustive, even
Because I am profoundly bored at work today, I will also tell you that I am working on two other Promethean short stories, still unfinished--

"King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree," which is another Jackie story--and involves a circus, obviously, and Las Vegas--and "Black is the Color," which is about Whiskey in Glasgow.

I have a title for another quasi-Lovecraftian one--"On Safari In R'Lyeh and Carcosa With Gun And Camera"--but I'm still waiting for the plot.
Consequently, will probably be the most depressing book ever.

Oh, I don't know. During the same general time frame, a blind government employee cared for by his daughters wrote some longish poems that were pretty good. There's hope!
Well, yeah, but he wasn't writing about how he bitched up everything they spent the last two books salvaging....


I <3 Pinky Gilman.


Pinky is the bestest. *g*
The Martian Ambassador graciously thanks you!
I read Blood & Iron on my vacation last week and am now eagerly anticipating Whiskey & Water. Regarding setting stories in Las Vegas, have you read Tim Powers’ Last Call? (Or are you carefully saving it for after you’ve written Corinna, Corinna?)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! And I hope the next one meets your standards.

I have read Tim's book, and it's a very very good book.

While One-Eyed Jack also deals with the mythology of Vegas--and even, to an extend, Lake Mead--it tackles it in different ways. I lived in Vegas for seven years, and what struck me about the city is the way it consumes itself. Every ten years, it's a completely new city.

With Corinna, Corinna, I want to riff a little more heavily on the contradictory-versions thing. And boy, ballads are great for that.
Thank you for the list! I was wondering about the status of the other books after finishing Blood & Iron. Now I especially want The Stratford Man, The Journeyman Devil, and the Ben Jonson one, though all sound intriguing.

(There's a mini-review of B&I in my most recent post, by the way.)
I saw that! Thank you!

TSM & TJD are with my publisher now. So it all depends on hiow B&I does in the first month or so. *g*