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The Cooperative Spiders (working title)

Just before I signed the contract with WordFire Press for Demon, I wrote a 50,000 word manuscript (NaNoWriMo winner!) based on my short story. I’m currently working on a new draft to 85,000 words. Here’s a quick blurb. Look for sample chapters later this summer.

In the White Lake, that once was Budapest, swim microscopic robots, endlessly turning atmospheric carbon, and anything else that falls in, into diamonds, that wash ashore the islands of old Pest the robots somehow spare.

Wealthy enough to survive Greater Russia’s embargo, Pest is a lawless boomtown of smugglers, dissidents, and skaters, who jump and spin in maglev boots on the deadly Lake, for satellite audiences seeking elegance and horror.

Dömötör Bokarie is an orphan of war lucky enough to become a Lover, a courtesan to the wealthy, trained to intuit and mimic anyone’s ideal. He is also a skater, using the bits he earns from the satellite viewers to buy his way out of servitude. His clients are skaters, smugglers, artists, rich tourists, and the clannish engineers who keep Pest alive on the White Lake’s waste heat and steam.

But the Lake is changing, active in ways it has never been. Dömötör feels one of his clients is behind it – but which one, and why? Will they destroy the Lake, his prison and his hope, or unleash it on the world? When Dömötör finds out the truth, will he try to stop it, or try to help?