“The Halberdier, by Moonlight,” my “slipstream plus armor” story, is now out in the Fall 2011 issue of On Spec. With my name on the cover! Pretty cool. And a gorgeous cover it is:
The story comments on death and the afterlife, and features icewine: a unique wine made using grapes that are still frozen. This removes a lot of the water, because it’s ice crystals, which leaves all the other stuff–sugars, alcohol, flavor compounds–much more concentrated. That results in a wine that is thick and syrupy and sweet.
On Spec, a long-standing literary SF/F journal out of Canada, was great to work with. And I enjoy the irony that a ‘zine from Canada, one of the biggest producers of icewine, gave the story a home. :)
(Yes, for anyone who’s wondering, I did buy a bottle of icewine as “research” for the story. :) )