Announcing Vylar Kaftan’s Novella, Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water

Prison without guards? Prison with no memories? Prison with only your lover as company? Bee is determined to escape—but how, when every moment is spent racing to survive?

Consulting editor Christie Yant’s first acquisition for Publishing is award-winning author Vylar Kaftan’s novella Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water, a claustrophobic science fiction love story that goes to surprising places.

Said Yant:

The first story of Vylar Kaftan‘s I encountered was “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno,” a dark, lyrical, aching look at love, loss, and physics that went on to be nominated for the Nebula award, an achievement she followed with her novella “The Weight of the Sunrise,” which won both the Nebula and the Sidewise awards. The immediacy and intensity of her writing pulls the reader in and carries us along on a visceral journey into the many sides of love, war, loyalty, and betrayal in her new science fiction novella Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water. I’m thrilled to bring this experience to Publishing’s readership, and hope to work with Vylar for many years to come.

Said the author:

Novellas are often said to be the very best length for science fiction: long enough to explore, and short enough for tense storytelling. Besides, I only wanted to put one plot into this one, and novels need subplots. Christie Yant saw in this story what I wanted to create: love strong enough to tear your face off, and a world that will tear your face off even if you aren’t in love.

Vylar Kaftan won a Nebula for her alternate history novella “The Weight of the Sunrise.” She’s published about 50 short stories in Asimov’s, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and other places. She lives in the Bay Area.

Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water will be available from Publishing in 2019.


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