QSFer Matthew Buscemi has a new fantasy anthology out: The Shipwright And Other Stories.
The Palípolian archipelago is a world of poets, warriors, philosophers, engineers, and wanderers.
Arkh Makhaino yearns to leave his island home of Khatap for the larger and busier mainland city of Épanngel, but worries that the Shipwrights’ Guild there will not accept him. Arkh struggles to resolve his lingering self-doubt while arduously waiting for a reply.
In other parts of Palípoli: a young man seeks a singular experience in the desert; an explorer’s return causes chaos for his guild and ideological upheaval for his city; what should have been a simple voyage for a young priestess turns into a nightmare at sea; a book from the Dark Archive is able to solve a philosopher’s plight—at a cost; and a young poet sets out on a journey to meet a kindred writer who once lived in his very home.
My professional skills are numerous and varied. I discovered a talent for mathematics and algorithms early, which eventually developed into a career in software engineering. I also love stories, particularly genre-bending stories that push the boundaries of the imagination. This passion developed first into a voracious appetite for speculative fiction, later into penchant for writing my own stories, and eventually also into professional experience with print layout and publishing.
I hold degrees in literature and linguistics, and I have taught English in Japan. I have a fondness for philosophy, particularly that of Ancient Greece and Rome. I love the ways in which technology lifts us up, but I fear what it can do to us when abused. I think often about the future. In my novels I explore the strange, wonderful, terrifying, magnificent, and perilous possibilities of human experience. I enjoy academic conferences, particularly literary ones, and I dabble in literary analysis.
You may read all this and wonder, am I first and foremost a software engineer, a writer, a publisher, a print designer, or a researcher? My answer: I don’t accept “first and foremost.”