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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004 - 02:49 pm:   

Many billion years in the future, the sun is a huge bloated golden Day God that fills the sky, and the earth is a barren desert. The last remaining water has pooled at the bottom of the Pacific Basin in a thick toxic sludge-lake called the Oceanus by the sterile post-humans that inhabit its salt-encrusted shores.

Liaei is different from the others. She is a fertile female created out of ancient homo sapiens DNA from the dwindling genetic stores, and has been manufactured by the horticulturists in a genetics lab. Liaei has been brought to life for one mysterious purpose -- she is to become the Queen of the Hourglass.

Growing up in Basin City, fostered by the quasi-female modern human Amhama -- the same technician who put her cells together -- Liaei
knows she does not belong. She is lively and vibrant and has a savage full head of hair and eyebrows unlike the smooth doll-like humans
around her. She is also curious and inquisitive, asking more questions than even the harmonium in all its complexity can answer -- harmonium
technology powers everything, can regurgitate histories of civilizations, process liquid toxic waste, conjure music out of the air, run the agricultural hothouses, and fly hovercars, and yet its origins too have been lost in the murk of the ages and it cannot satisfy the restless mind of Liaei.

What does it mean to be the Queen of the Hourglass? Why do love and emotions seem to mean other things to her than to others? And what is
that meandering ribbon of light up on the distant Basin Walls, a mysterious bit of ancient technology called The River That Flows Through the Air? Can water flow uphill?

Soon, when she reaches ancient sexual maturity and undergoes the proper training, the Queen of the Hourglass will embark on a journey to meet her consort the Clock King, and there will be even more questions.

But now, the harmonium-based machines are failing, and suddenly humanity is running out of time.

http://www.veranazarian.com/hourglass.htm

THE CLOCK KING AND THE QUEEN OF THE HOURGLASS
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - 03:56 pm:   

Just an update on the novella -- I finished signing all 800 copies of the signature sheets and forwarded them to Charles de Lint last month. Charles will be signing 300 of them and then the whole thing goes back to Peter Crowther at PS Publishing. :-)

Looks like the publication date has been moved to May 2005.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2005 - 09:19 pm:   

Ok, supposedly the publication date is now in June 2005. So, this month, it's coming, folks!

I hope.

*grin*
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 08:48 am:   

It's about time! Is SALT OF THE AIR still coming this year?
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 01:53 pm:   

Yup, SALT is due in August 2005 from Prime.

I am on a deadline by the end of June to finish one new story and turn in the whole final manuscript to Sean Wallace.
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Anna Tambour
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 05:15 pm:   

Hooray on The Clock King! And the clock is ticking on SALT. Or do you use a monthglass?
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2005 - 11:18 pm:   

Thanks, Anna, and LOL about monthglass!

PS -- got your e-mail and story, and will reply shortly!! :-)

Am for the moment on a mini-deadline for Sean....

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