SF & Fantasy

Unfettered: The Anthology is Complete


cover-unfetteredrjLate last week, I opened my inbox to a surprise.

Naomi Novik, the bestselling author of the Temeraire series, turned in her short story contribution for Unfettered, my forthcoming fantasy anthology. A new Temeraire short story is cause for celebration anyway. The fact that it is very different from any other Temeraire story you’ve ever read makes it even more so!

It is titled In Favour With Their Stars and it is absolutely wonderful.

But that’s not the reason I am celebrating. Not directly.

I am celebrating because it is the final short story I needed for Unfettered to be complete!

For those of you who don’t know, Unfettered is a fantasy anthology featuring new short stories by some of the best writers in the field. Brooks. Rothfuss. Sanderson. Carey. Novik. Williams. Hearne. Brett. The list goes on and on. These writers have come together on my behalf; sales of the hardcover will go toward eliminating medical debt from my bout with cancer two years ago.

Here is the list of short stories:

  • The Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks (a Shannara tale)
  • Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks (a precursor to the Word/Void trilogy)
  • How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss (a Four Corners tale)
  • River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (a Wheel of Time tale)
  • The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams
  • Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey (a precursor to the Kushiel series)
  • Dogs by Daniel Abraham
  • Mudboy by Peter V. Brett (a Demon Cycle tale)
  • Nocturne by Robert V. S. Redick
  • The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian (a Vault of Heaven tale)
  • The Coach With Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore
  • Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood (a Summer Dragon tale)
  • Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn
  • The Lasting Doubts of Joaquin Lopez by Blake Charlton
  • The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne (an Iron Druid tale)
  • Select Mode by Mark Lawrence (a Broken Empire tale)
  • All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham
  • Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth (a Struck epilogue tale)
  • Unbowed by Eldon Thompson (a Legend of Asahiel tale)
  • In Favour With Their Stars by Naomi Novik (a Temeraire tale)
  • The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan (a Riyria Chronicles tale)
  • The Duel by Lev Grossman (a Magicians tale)
  • The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman (an Annwn Cycle tale)

Now comes the fun part. As editor, it is now my job to edit the stories, copyedit the stories, and begin designing the final book. I’ve already started on most of this. I am shooting for the book to be published in late May 2013.

For now though, the book is complete. It exists. And I couldn’t be happier! To learn more about it, click HERE!

Lots of work left to do though!

Back to it!


Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel featuring Richard McAllister, a homeless knight who finds himself embroiled in a long-running war between the Church and the fey Tuatha de Dannan. When Shawn isn’t writing, he maintains the websites for authors Terry Brooks, Naomi Novik, and David Anthony Durham, as well as runs The Signed Page. Learn more at www.shawnspeakman.com!


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