Lampworks Publishing features science fiction adventure mixed with epic fantasy! Read about alien encounters and journeys of discovery!

Sellenria – a science fiction adventure

Believing in the impossible may be my only chance of survival.

I was a professor of archaeology at the University of Trondhjem. I did digs via telepresence and lectured in simspace classrooms. Life was stable, predictable, just the way I like it. But then I found a relic that turned my world upside down. Now I’m stranded without hope of rescue on a pre-technological planet full of monsters and mysteries, hundreds of light-years from home. After a terrifying and nearly fatal encounter with a creature that couldn’t possibly exist, I was rescued by a fey assassin who decided that I should become her apprentice. I became advisor to the king but now I’m on the run after we were framed for the assassination of his brother. It’s mad enough to be a fantasy simspace, but it’s deadly real.

The most confounding part is that these people think my ancestor was an ancient warlock and that I can wield those same powers. I’m a man of science, of order, of logic; I don’t believe in magic.

But that’s not the way this world works.

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Knots – An epic fantasy

Resche crossed a bridge and can’t go back. He can’t even find the bridge.

Knots features a cast of eccentric and only conditionally-trustworthy characters that will appeal to fans of Roger Zelazny or Neil Gaiman. Or if you enjoy the inventive magic systems of Brandon Sanderson, let Knots introduce you to Topomancy. In this world, a precisely tied knot, an exactly folded paper, or a cunningly drawn figure can unlock wonders and horrors.

Resche, an art thief, finds himself in a quaint Swiss town that borders Spain on one side and South America on the other. Mages are engaged in playing a game of Geomancy with tiles the size of cities. When he is caught stealing from one of them, he becomes a pawn in their intricate game. The Fractalist priest is enigmatic, the Jeweler may not be what he seems, and the Astromancer turned up dead the night he consulted her. Emeline, the newspaper editor, seems sympathetic, but what are her motives? His companion Trefoil tells Resche to trust her, but what does a cat know (even a talking one)? It’s time to find a way back to his own world, but the bridge he crossed has vanished in the fog.

Wouldn’t you love to have a Knot of Confusion to use against your enemies? Step into the unique world of Knots today. Just remember your way back.

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Short Stories

Interaction Region - a humorous science fiction adventure set in a particle accelerator laboratory

A short science fiction adventure set at a modern-day accelerator laboratory, with a healthy dose of humor

That place where you tripped? What if a prominent but slightly odd physicist told you that’s where two universes intersect, and you’ve just stumbled into a universe that’s just slightly different? What if he then recruited you to tour neighboring universes to assess their stability? What if you agreed to help out, then realized when you went home every evening, your spouse was a slightly different person?

Midwinter Knots - Holidays and chaos from a cat's point of view in this short story from the world of Knots.

Midwinter festivities and chaos: A cat’s-eye view

Escher and Emeline have brought a tree into the house to decorate, and Trefoil the cat must investigate, of course. There’s something not quite right about this tree — they’ve brought trouble into the house along with it. It’s up to Trefoil to guard the house against the mayhem that ensues. If he doesn’t get put outside first.

Viral - a short story of stories that spread (whether you want them to or not). Science Fiction adventure.

A humorous tale of publications

Stories are repeated. They evolve. They are cross-bred and spliced. Ideas take on a life of their own. The oldest legends appear in the latest retellings. One day, by design or accident, it had to happen…

You shouldn’t read this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The Ledger - A short story of a time traveler and a Coroner with a dilemma.

A short story set in England of 1321

The corpse showed up with an ax in its head and a map in its pocket. Chaucer had not been born yet, and crimes were common in London that year. But when Bartolomeo the Coroner found pages sewn in the victim’s jacket, pages in Bartolomeo’s own hand, he knew this wasn’t one of the common crimes.

Void Birds - A science fiction adventure of first contact in unusual circumstances.

Could it be First Contact? A short story in the Sellenria universe

Lieutenant Yusmara is an unconventional starship pilot. She steers by rope and canvas, at least in metaphor. She’s at the helm of the Gemini as something pulls onto a parallel course. They are beyond the edge of Human space, and no Human ship has yet encountered intelligent aliens. The crew of the Gemini prepares for a historic encounter in which Yusmara is uniquely suited to play a role. They have no idea how strange it is going to be.