Daniel Marcus

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What I Write

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From “Albion Upon the Rock,” Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2014


He turned around, hanging by one hand to a rung, and saw the world spread before him. The mottled sky curved above and below, transfixed by the sun, a line of white fire too bright to look at directly. Sun and sky converged to a distant point made blurry by haze.


Jamal continued upwards, nearly weightless now, pushing off with his foot and drifting for long seconds, skipping several rungs at a time. The air was furnace hot and felt thick in his lungs. A low hum surrounded him, growing in intensity as he drifted upward. The space before and above him was filled with great blocky shapes, wheels and struts, moving slowly. The wind began to change, tearing at his body, trying to pluck him from the face of the wall.


He clung for a moment longer, then closed his eyes and let go. The wind took him, pulling him tumbling into the clockwork heart of the world.

What I Write

Daniel’s writing was described by Salon.com as “a cross between Raymond Carver and William Gibson.” He writes across the spectrum of fantastic literature — science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism — and counts among his influences Lucius Shepard, Karen Joy Fowler, Roger Zelazny, William Gibson, Elmore Leonard, Shirley Jackson, and Pat Cadigan.


Novels: Burn Rate, A Crack in Everything

Short Story Collection: Binding Energy

Over thirty short stories in a wide range of genre and literary venues, including Asimov’s, F&SF, and ZYZZYVA.


My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

Core goal:  I will write 3 new short stories (one very two weeks) for the duration of the Clarion West 2019 Workshop.


Stretch goal 1: Finish edits on a new novella and ship the thing.


Stretch goal 2: Start a new novel project


In the course of doing the above, I will clock at least 500 words/day.

Fundraising Goals

Please give whatever you can.  Anything, I mean anything, helps.  However, donors at the $25 level or above will receive a free ebook copy (.mobi or .pdf) of my short story collection, “Binding Energy.” Donors at the $50 level or above will also receive  a free ebook copy of my novel, “Burn Rate.” Donors at the $100 level or above, in addition to receiving the above swag, will have a character in a new novel or short story named after them. Whatever you contribute, know that you have helped a community of writers who have sustained and influenced the field of fantastic literature for nearly fifty years.


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