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ANNOUNCEMENT: Smithereens – MB Austin


QSFer M.B. Austin has a new queer steampunk tale out in the Trencadis Tales series: “Smithereens.”

When British privateers seek refuge inside Pollesa Bay from an avenging kraken, the Confederacion Mediterraneo calls on naval cadet Coreopsis Fairholm-Mendoza to act as truthreader. How did a Malagasy ship fall into enemy hands; how did it get so far off course; and why do these raiders lay claim to it and to its sole survivor? Some truths are more menacing even than a kraken lurking off Mallorca’s idyllic shores.

An epistolary short story in the Trencadis universe.

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Author Bio

MB Austin, a mild-mannered civil servant by day, spends her discretionary time playing with imaginary friends on the computer and real ones in the dojo. She also enjoys cooking, eating, reading, dancing, and laughing as much as possible. 

MB’s Maji Rios novels, Strictly Need to Know (2017), Running Off Radar (2018), and Double Down (2019), are inspired by real people, in and out of uniform, who work to make their communities and the world safer for all. And by the people who feed them. 

MB lives with her fabulous wife in Seattle, an excellent town for coffee-fueled writers who don’t need too much sun. Learn more at


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