There was only one heroic fantasy story in the November issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies: #160‘s “The Streetking” by Peter Hickman. It’s a marvelous tale of a street criminal and the young noble girl who comes to sell him stolen jewelery. Over time she comes down to the streets herself. With her “mineshaft mind”, they become a formidable pair. So much so that they run afoul of the lord of the underworld, the Streetking.
The highlight of the story is the street argot Hickman’s created for his narrator’s voice. It’s got the right amount of slang and original syntax to sound believable.
You can read the full review here.
Bon vivant and SuperNOVArian, Peter Hickman, graces the cover of spec fic magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies this month, with his story “The Streetking” also getting the audio treatment.
You can check it out here.
Found her down by the Kaltan corner next, and switched well. And better the next meeting. Wondered what her parents thought, her losing bits of shine like that, ’til I realized she was lifting them. I tried to tell her care, but she was paces ahead. “I take them in the gardens,” she laughs like a trinket, “and the groomsmen search through the beds after, and the ladies shout around the hedges. ‘Where’s my necklace? Where’s my anklet?’”