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Kelly Robson

Fiction and Excerpts [3]

Fiction and Excerpts [3]

The Future We Imagine Is the Future We Get

Last fall, at a small SF con in Toronto, I was on a panel where the participants predicted the near-future of humanity. The panelists were two Baby Boomer men, two Millennial women (all four with PhDs), and me, a no-PhD from Generation X. I sat between these two pairs and was struck by the contrast in opinions. The Boomers saw only doom and gloom in the years ahead, but the Millennials saw many indications of progress and reasons for hope.

I don’t mention the panel’s demographics to be argumentative or to stir up gender or generational divisiveness. It was only one panel. But opinions split starkly along gender and age lines. I was amazed that the two Boomer men—the demographic who are the architects of the world we live in—were really quite scared of the future. I’d love to investigate this split further. I think it’s significant, because in a real, non-mystical way, the future we imagine is the future we get.

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Tremontaine: “The Eye of the Swan”

Welcome to Tremontaine, where social advantage is best achieved through duels of wit and steel. A Duchess whose beauty is matched only by her cunning; a handsome young scholar with more passion than sense; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius whose discoveries herald revolution—when games of politics begin, no one is safe. Mind your manners and enjoy the chocolate in a dance of sparkling intrigue that returns readers to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series, where sexuality is fluid, politics is everything, and outcasts are the tastemakers.

Team-written by some of today’s most exciting authors, Tremontaine Season Two unfolds across 13 episodes beginning October 19th, with a new installment releasing every Wednesday until the season finale on January 18, 2017. Season One is currently available in full at, in our iOS app, and wherever eBooks are sold. Below, read “The Eye of the Swan,” a stand-alone tie-in story by Kelly Robson—found exclusively here on

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