The bibliography at my new website, The Nine Winds, is a bit more current than this one, but not nearly so descriptive, so this is still a good resource. Eventually, of course, I'll get all the notes and links copied over there, but this one works fine for now.

Terry McGarry, Bibliography

Forthcoming works from SF and fantasy author Terry McGarry. Novels, short stories, poetry.

Long fiction:

My fantasy novels Illumination (2001) and The Binder's Road (2003) are currently in print from Tor Books and available wherever new books are sold. (Illumination is also available in Secure Palm Reader format from Fictionwise and possibly other ebook dealers.) At the Eiden Myr Website, there are pictures, excerpts, jacket quotes, reviews, a hypertext compendium, glossaries and pronunciation guides, a chronology, a fragment of my original map, advice and resources for fantasy writers, polls, quizzes, a message board inhabited by awfully nice people, advance information about the next Eiden Myr books, and a bunch of other things. Come and visit!


The outline for the main storyline of Illumination appears in I Have This Nifty Idea...Now, What Do I Do with It?, edited by Mike Resnick, Wildside Press, 2001.

I Have This Nifty Idea... is a compilation of outlines and synopses for books that sold on proposal--many of them award winners or recipients of record-breaking advances. It will serve an important need in the writing community, showing by example how to write an effective novel outline. Contributors include Robert Silverberg, Katherine Kerr, Jack Dann, Jack L. Chalker, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Walter Jon Williams, Laura Resnick, Charles Sheffield, Susan R. Matthews, Joe Haldeman, Jack McDevitt, Robert J. Sawyer, David Brin, Barry N. Malzberg, Alan Rodgers, Stephen Leigh, and Kevin J. Anderson.

Bibliography of speculative-fiction and fantasy author Terry McGarry. Links to excerpts, reviews, places to order.

Short fiction:

"Kazhe's Blade," Sword & Sorceress XXI, edited by Diana Paxson, DAW Books, October 2004.
After her greatest failure, a down-at-the-heels swordmaster must decide between self-destruction and the fate of the world.

"Swiftwater," Live Without a Net, edited by Lou Anders, Roc Books, July 2003.
John Jasper can accept the gift of another person's memory, and restore it to that person later--after, say, the onset of Alzheimer's. When computers cease to function in "The Child Ephemeral," psi powers like Jasper's come into great demand. Sometimes the people making the demands have an agenda, and they don't ask nicely.

"Diving After Reflected Woman," Women Writing SF As Men, edited by Mike Resnick, DAW Books, June 2003.
A police videographer is assigned to record a particularly disturbing confession.

"Antymire," Space and Time #97, Spring 2003.
A biting tale inspired by many a wild night during camping trips.

"Too Many Hells," Dead Cats Bouncing, edited by Gerard Houarner, illustrated by GAK, Necro Publications, March 2002.
A story based on Houarner's acclaimed chapbook Dead Cat Bounce, in which Dead Cat (don't worry--he's the hero!) takes a whirlwind tour through the netherworlds of many cultures, spitting hairballs all the way. Inspired by the children's book Too Many Pockets.

"Miasma," The Ultimate Halloween, ed. Marvin Kaye, iBooks, October 2001.
A man crippled by everyday terrors but addicted to horror novels must meet his own fear head-on. (Available from Powells and Amazon.)

"Halfen House," DNA Publications.
There are surprising perils and discoveries in adopting strays. . . .

"Limnery in Cursive," Realms of Fantasy, October 2001.
A standalone prequel to Illumination. I read this story on the radio show "Hour of the Wolf" a few months ago, and the recording is accessible through the About the Book > Audio link trail at Back issues of the magazine are available from the publisher.

"Alindra," Elysian Fiction, Issue #1 (June 2001).
A gentle fantasy with a sharp bite, set in a place and time related to but far removed from Illumination, and with a similar narrative voice. A good way to get a little taste of what the novel's like.

"Mindchild," Outside the Box: The Best Short Fiction from, edited by Lou Anders, Wildside Press, February 2001.
"Mindchild" is reprinted in an anthology of eighteen stories that appeared on the site in the year 2000. Tangent Online has reviewed it. Here are some other reviews.

"The Child Ephemeral," Terra Incognita, Winter 2000.
A novelette about the end of civilization and a little girl raised inside her own mind. A positive, spoiler-conscious review is posted at the Tangent Online site.

"A Girl in Every Universe," Aboriginal Science Fiction, Fall 1999.
An interdimensional romp, featuring olfactomnemonic recall and citations for faulty grammar and dangling a participle in public.

"Black Mirrors," Quantum SF, third installment of Vol. 1 (fall 1999).
An Anne Rice pastiche; humor about as black as it comes.

"Mistweaver," Sword & Sorceress XVI, ed. Marion Zimmer Bradley, DAW Books, 1999.
A fable about vocation and renewal. (Available from Powells and Amazon.)

"Incognito," Horrors! 365 Scary Stories, Barnes & Noble Books, 1998 hc, 1999 pb. Also on audiocassette. If it goes out of stock at B&N, Powells will notify you when it comes in there.
A "calendar" book, with a scary short-short for each day of the year. My story grew from something a guy said to me on the street once: "They're going to have to burn your hair when you die. Somebody might recognize you."

"God of Exile," Talebones, Issue #12, Summer 1998.
A hard-hitting mythopoeic fantasy. The full text of the story is available at the Talebones Website (menu trail: Excerpts, Fiction), as well as the art, by Keith Boulger. Reviewed in Tangent Online.

Imprinting, a chapbook, Anamnesis Press, 1998.
Twenty poems, six previously unpublished, the rest from such magazines as Asimov's, Aboriginal, Star*Line. You can get it from Amazon or the publisher. I know, this isn't fiction, but I'm listing it here anyway, what the heck.

"The Case of the Ancient British Barrow," The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, ed. Marvin Kaye, St. Martin's Press, January 1998.
A shocking story too scandalous for Watson to publish during his lifetime--and perhaps too controversial even now. (Available from Powells and Amazon.)

"Mindchild," Terra Incognita, Spring 1997.
A near-future dystopic novelette set in a Nova Scotia clinic; a superficial high-concepting of this would be The Handmaid's Tale meets the Gulf War. Made Locus's recommended-reading list and the honorable mentions in Dozois's 1998 Year's Best. Couple of reviews here.

"Whistling in the Dark," Adventures of Sword and Sorcery, Issue #4, Spring 1997.
A fantasy story about music and magic (and pennywhistlers). Art by George Barr.

"Revision," Keen Science Fiction, February 1997.
A copyeditor revenge story. I put the illustration for this up on my o/f/f/i/c/e/ d/o/o/r/ cubicle divider. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

"Senseorship," Pirate Writings #12.
If I described this short-short here I would ruin the enj ym nt, so I'll let the title speak for it (m steri us though it may be). Michael Apice, who did the art for my Deathrealm story, did the cover (and some interior illustrations) for this issue of PW.

"The Serpent Within," Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, Autumn 1996.
A little girl, caught between two cultures, sees dragons in some unlikely places. Beautiful art by Alan Gutierrez.

"Man's Estate," Deathrealm, Fall 1996.
In this ghost-story-in-reverse, a drifter attends the ultimate garage sale and gets a little more than he bargained for. Wonderful art by Michael Apice.

"Roy G. Biv," Keen Science Fiction, September 1996.
A humorous short-short about an unusual plague that strikes with shocking rapidity in a Manhattan restaurant. Very fun, pulpy art by WJA Meyer.

"Red Sky," Plot Magazine, Summer 1996.
Here's what reviewer Jim Lee had to say in Scavenger's Newsletter: "'Red Sky' is a warm, gentle tale of high fantasy. All about young Jorly's passage into manhood, guided by a stern father, a compassionate skyrider and, most of all, the winged horse he loves. The all's-well ending is sweet without being offensively gooey, as a bad guy gets his and Jorly finds his destiny."

"If They Only Knew," Zone 9, June 1996.
A sentient neural impulse is put through its paces when the woman whose brain it inhabits accepts a bar bet to see who can remember the name of Alexander the Great's horse. Written after I had read a little too much Italo Calvino. Michael H. Payne, in Tangent, says it was his favorite story in the issue, and concludes: "This is just plain fun from start to finish, and I was racking my own brain throughout, trying to remember the name Bucephalus: good thing our hero came through."

"Pièce de Résistance," Black October, May 1996.
What happens to an arsonist on the day the world ends.

"Victor Lynch the Forger," The Resurrected Holmes, ed. Marvin Kaye, St. Martin's, 1996.
Fictions within fictions: an enigma inside a mystery wrapped in a conundrum. Only Sherlock Holmes--as relayed by Watson, rendered by Theodore Dreiser trying very hard, and failing, to write like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--could possibly get to the bottom of this. Melancholia, old Irish animosities, and beautiful illuminated manuscripts abound. (Available from Powells and Amazon.)

"Syrinx," Aboriginal Science Fiction, Spring 1996.
A "problem" story in the classic-adventure style, with some musical angst in the form of a failed opera singer turned xenobiologist, and a group of (sentient?) aliens who look an awful lot like Scottish bagpipes. If there's ever a sequel, maybe we'll meet their cousins from the neighboring planet Larynx, who bear an uncanny resemblance to Irish uilleann pipes. (This story received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction collection.)

"Taibhse," Terminal Fright, Spring 1996.
It's pronounced TAV-shuh, it's Gaelic for "ghost," and a whole pod of them are haunting O'Donnell's Bar. Here are a couple of reviews. This story made the preliminary Stoker ballot and Datlow/Windling's honorable-mentions list.

"Fleadh de Deux," Blood Muse, Donald I. Fine, 1995. (Out of print, though sometimes it shows up as available on backorder from Amazon. Try Bibliofind or Advanced Book Exchange directly before you have Amazon search them for you. Powells will notify you when the book comes in.)
A millennia-old Irish vampire, playing traditional Irish guitar in a seedy New York City pub session, meets someone--or something--older and more dangerous than he is. (A fleadh, pronounced FLAH, is a traditional Irish cultural event. O'Donnell's Bar makes another appearance in "Taibhse.") This story got an honorable mention in Datlow and Windling's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror collection. Here's an excerpt and a cover gif.

"Spell Check," Witch Fantastic, ed. Resnick/Greenberg, DAW Books, 1995.
There are plenty of stories in which authors are sucked into their own novels, or their characters really come to life. But what if it happened to the copyeditor? (An article I wrote for the Del Rey Internet Newsletter explains what copyeditors do when they're not solving their own problems with magic green pencils, and another one I wrote, for the SFWA Bulletin, explains it in more depth for other authors.) OOP, but Powells will notify you when the book comes in.

"The Only Gift a Portion of Thyself," Amazing Stories, Fall 1994.
A cyberspace romance in which the ethics of a society and the future of virtual reality itself are at stake. This story received an honorable mention in Dozois's Year's Best SF. To enter an infinite cybercognitive regression, read it at Mind's Eye. You get the beginning for free; if you want to read to the end, you can pay sixty cents, or you can just look at an ad.

"Red Heart," Deals with the Devil, ed. Resnick/Greenberg/Estleman, DAW Books, 1994. OOP, but Powells will notify you when the book comes in.
Mythology, endangered prosimians called aye-ayes, and a coming-of-age story, set in Madagascar.

"The Best Little Worldcon In...," Alternate Worldcons, ed. Mike Resnick, Axolotl Press, 1993; with Again, Alternate Worldcons (omnibus edition), WC Books, 1996.
What if the 1964 World Science Fiction Convention had been held in a Tijuana brothel? Reviewed here.

"Cadenza," Christmas Ghosts, ed. Resnick/Greenberg, DAW Books, 1993. (Often available in Amazon's zShops. Even better, Powells will notify you when the book comes in.)
A haunted church choir has a profound effect on a shy, bereaved parishioner. This story received an honorable mention in Datlow and Windling's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror collection, and it's one of my own favorites.

"If Wishes Were Genie's," Aladdin: Master of the Lamp, ed. Resnick/Greenberg, DAW Books, 1992. (Often available in Amazon's zShops, but try Powells for notification.)
How come no one ever asks the genie for his three wishes? Coauthored by Austin Dridge, who wishes he had something to read.

"For Fear of Little Men," Aboriginal Science Fiction, March/April 1991.
In postapocalyptic Ireland, Bridget discovers that leprechauns are real--and the "leprechauns" fear that the Tuatha de Danann have risen from the earth to reclaim their heritage. This story was the winner of that year's Boomerang Award, received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best SF, and made the Preliminary Nebula Awards® Ballot.

"The Kindness of Strangers," Starsong, 1990.
The genesis of a far-future Lindow Man.

"Stress Theory," Changing Men: Issues in Gender, Sex, and Politics, Winter/Spring 1990.
The only way to find out if something will break is to break it. A mainstream story.

"A.M.," Beyond Science Fiction, 1990.
An answering machine develops sentience and reaches out to touch someone.

"Loophole," Skin of the Soul, Pocket Books, 1991 (Women's Press, London, 1990).
Anima meets animus, anima loses animus, anima regains animus.


"Through the Interstices: Richard Parks's The Ogre's Wife: Fairy Tales for Grownups," Strange Horizons, December 16, 2002. Reprinted in The New York Review of Science Fiction, 2004.
I don't write reviews much, but I felt compelled to make an exception this time.

"Other Worlds: Freelance Copyediting," SFWA Bulletin, Spring 1996 (sold out, apparently).
This article, a companion piece to "A Writer's Guide to Understanding the Copy Editor," gives advice about how to get started as a freelancer--and guidelines for determining whether you're suited for the work. I'll probably HTMLize this soon, as an easy answer to a question I'm frequently asked.

"A Writer's Guide to Understanding the Copy Editor," SFWA Bulletin, Spring 1995.
Now available at the SFWA site, by clicking on the title or here.This piece explains, at length, what copyeditors do--and what writers can do to make their copyediting experience aggravation-free. The Bulletin is a publication of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, but you don't have to be a member of that organization to subscribe to it; in fact, it's of particular interest to aspiring writers, and to readers who'd like to know more about what goes on behind the scenes.

"One Copyeditor, Over Easy, Hold the Mayo," the Del Rey Internet Newsletter, December 1993.
A brief introductory explanation of how fiction copyediting works in the book-publishing world.


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