Just a creative human with a pen and a paint brush, author of Seaborn (Juno Books, 2008), Salvage (Masque/Prime Books, 2013), Nanowhere (Lykeion, 2005), and a shelf-full of other books. My short stories and essays have appeared in various zines and anthologies, including “Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology” in Fantasy Magazine and “How to Build Worlds Without Becoming the Minister for Tourism” in Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Penguin, 2014). My story “The Mermaid Game” appeared in the Paula Guran edited anthology Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (Prime, 2015), and “Hammers and Snails” was a Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner. I write and illustrate the comic Saltwater Witch and Salvage. My art has appeared on dozens of book covers, in Shimmer, BuzzyMag, various RPGs, and on the pages of books, blogs, and other interesting places.

 

SALTWATER WITCH COMIC

Chapters 1 - 16 online!

Best Graphic Novel / Illustrated Novel finalist in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.

Chris Howard - Seaborn - Juno Books

SEABORN TRILOGY

Nominated for Urban Fantasy Land's Readers' Choice Awards.

Chris Howard - Kassandra reading

WORLD OF THE SEABORN

Everything you want to know, including character lists, RPG Notes, magic, maps, family trees, and timeline details for the Seaborn World

Chris Howard - Astronomy and Astrophotography

ASTRONOMY

My astronomy and astrophotography stuff, including images, my equipment setup, post-processing steps, and more!

WRITER TOOLS

Character name generators--contemporary and seaborn names, story idea sparkers, word lists

SEABORN SCROLL

"Seaborn Scroll", one 12 foot long continuous illustration showing the ocean from surface to the abyss with some of the themes and characters from the book Seaborn

BLOG

Journal of Chris Howard, science fiction & fantasy author of Seaborn, Nanowhere, Dryad, Illustrator of steampunk cities, software engineer

WALLPAPER

Wallpaper images for your desktop, phone, and tablet

SEABORN APPS

Apps for the iPhone and iPad

COVER ART SERVICES

Commissioned digital painting and illustration, watercolors, photo-manipulation. I work in several different styles.

Chris Howard - Astronomy and Astrophotography

AQUARIUM

My reef aquarium stuff, including images, inhabitants, my equipment setup, and more!

 

Saltwater Witch

Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange—somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.

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Seaborn

Juno Books

"From the first page of Seaborn, you are immersed. Chris Howard navigates a wild ride through a brilliantly edgy and richly atmospheric alter-world. Here is a fresh, formidable spin on sf/f and Howard is a talent to watch out for. Seaborn will leave you spellbound"
—ADELE GRIFFIN

Seaborn is a mix of The Little Mermaid story tossed with a limb or two of zombies and entranced with a crimson droplet of ‘I see dead people’. It is a refreshing step away from the cliché vampire or werewolf book; after all who really writes about things that go bump in the sea? In a tale of two worlds colliding, humans and the Seaborn battle for the control of Poseidon’s regime of the ocean, while bits of environmental controversy ooze through the pages like a hidden agenda.
—Angela Longstreet, BookFetish

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Sea Throne

"Twists with elements of surprise and sheer inventiveness." The dramatic conclusion to the Seaborn Trilogy: Kassandra prepares for war against her grandfather, and is confronted on all sides. Nikasia, the daughter of the king's war-bard--who claims descent from Circe--seeks revenge for the murder of her father. A group of immortals bands together to take everything away, and Kassandra must take them on while holding her family together.

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Winterdim

Theodora Viran has a way with forests, blossoms, creeping vines, composting, paranoia, and sudden death. She sees deception in every shadow, a trap in every word, and the universe has always been someone else's manipulative game, but when she makes a promise to save the life of a childhood friend, it becomes a promise she cannot break without breaking her view of the world.

Winterdim is a fantasy set in the near future after most of humanity has "Vanished"--gone virtual, leaving behind crumbling cities, failing infrastructure, and the Wild Children, what remains of earth's human population. With a nearly empty world open to them, the oppressed, the dangerous, and the opportunists from the Rootworld have fled to earth to start over, form new alliances, and carve out empires.

Winterdim takes place a hundred and seventy years after the events in Seaborn.

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Now Write!

I have a writing piece called “How to Build Worlds without Becoming the Minister for Tourism” in the latest Now Write! anthology (Penguin, 2014).

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Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, and many more.

The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist.

Nanowhere

Nanowhere... it's a love story with all the usual elements: rogue soldiers, computer hacking, tyranny, cryptography, hit-men with an affinity for rolled adhesives, rebellious skateboarders, and sentient billion-node self-organizing nanotech ghosts.

Chris Howard has released an interesting and well-written sf thriller called Nanowhere along with a bunch of supplementary materials that purports to be the lab notes and publications of one of the book's characters ...
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

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Salvage

Salvage is out from Masque/Prime Books, the first in a new Seaborn series. Salvage is a fantasy/thriller with lots of cool shipboard stuff, guys with guns, commercial diving, weird things happening in the deep, and one seriously badass toymaker.

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Salvage specialist Captain Jayson Wilraven finds his life and the lives of his crew in peril when a strange charterer wants a mysterious sunken vessel hidden, not raised—and sends armed mercenaries to make sure his orders are followed. Meanwhile, Jon Andreden’s trial of an underwater smart machine is disrupted by a weird organic submersible. His life is soon turned dangerously upside down when he meets its creator, the beautiful Laeina, who recruits him to help find her missing sister. The parallel adventures lead to an underworld of people who live in the sea—the seaborn— as well as secret naval projects, a ship-sinking monster, and the first rumblings of a war of immortals over control of human civilization.

Autonomous

Nathan Isenart, an FBI computer forensics specialist, digs too deep into what looks like a professional assassination, only to discover that he’s become the next target. Good thing there’s more than one Nathan inside. One part of his personality is very good at becoming a very difficult target, and in the shadows is a merciless killer, but only when his handler switches on that part of his personality.

Three schools of thought for the next generation soldier, and three successful, field-tested projects. The Farm uses from-the-ground-up conditioning, children raised in a controlled environment, chemical enhancements, embedded computing. Wolfsbane uses segments of mind to store isolated identities with different specialties and training—like a toolbox, so that the killer identity can coexist peacefully with the other identities. Barnhouse focuses on biowarfare and gene-enhanced poisons, using extended chromosome technology—a new pair of chromosomes to alter the physical arrangement and abilities of its operatives, additional biological features without screwing with the underlying structure.

All three produce dangerous human weapons. All three stomp all over individual rights. And someone wants to wipe them out.

Or one of them wants to eliminate the competition.

Autonomous is a thriller about wild-ass technology, the future of intelligence, floating cities in the middle of the ocean, murder, and autonomous underwater vehicles. It's a stand-alone story, loosely connected to my book Salvage (Masque, 2013). If you've read Salvage then you've already met a few of the characters, but if you haven't, what's the worst than can happen? Right, but besides that?

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Tinsel Tide

TINSEL TIDE - A Short Tale of Boston, Officers of the Underground, and Murder

The day doesn't begin well for Brim Archer, who follows the world of mathematics and airships, and lives by himself in a lonely house in the middle of the Nahant tidal plain, northeast of Boston. The day begins with the suspicion of murder. There's no body. Not yet. But the seers from the Underground know where it's going to end up. Right at the edge of the porch of Mr. Archer's house. And they've sent along a few sharp fellows to look into it.

A short story by the author of Seaborn (Juno Books) and Salvage (Masque/Prime Books).

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Salvage Comic

Marine salvage for things that go bump in the deep blue sea. Salvage is a fantasy-thriller with lots of cool shipboard stuff, guys with guns, commercial diving, weird things happening in the abyss, and one seriously badass toymaker.

Based on the novel, Salvage (Masque Books, 2013), Salvage specialist Captain Jayson Wilraven finds his life and the lives of his crew in peril when a strange charterer wants a mysterious sunken vessel hidden, not raised-and sends armed mercenaries to make sure his orders are followed. Meanwhile, Jon Andreden's trial of an underwater smart machine is disrupted by a weird organic submersible. His life is soon turned dangerously upside down when he meets its creator, the beautiful Laeina, who recruits him to help find her missing sister. The parallel adventures lead to an underworld of people who live in the sea-the seaborn- as well as secret naval projects, a ship-sinking monster, and the first rumblings of a war of immortals over control of human civilization.

Comixology

The Complete Seaborn

The Complete Seaborn is the omnibus edition of the three books in the Seaborn Trilogy, along with all new transitional material, new stories, family trees, and a complete characters list for all the books.

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Teller

Andin Teller can change the world with a pencil and paint brush. Teller isn't just his name. It's what he is—someone who can change memories, reality and even shift time with the right story. But it doesn't come without a cost. When he discovers his mother is part of an otherworldly organized crime family in the middle of a secret war—and has been kidnapped by a rival family, Andin sets out to rescue her with his only two friends, Taryn, a crazy mathematics genius, and deep-thinking, motorcycle-driving Itoshi. With their help, Andin navigates a world he doesn't understand, taking on family betrayers, killers, and others like himself who have powers greater than his own.

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Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep

The sea is full of mysteries and rivers shelter the unknown. Dating back to ancient Assyria, folkloric tales of mermaids, sirens, rusalka, nymphs, selkes, and other seafolk are found in many cultures, including those of Europe, Africa, the Near East and Asia. Dangerous or benevolent, seductive or sinister - modern masters of fantasy continue to create new legends of these creatures that enchant and entertain us more than ever. Gathered here are some of the finest of these stories. Immerse yourself in this wonderful - and sometimes wicked - watery world!

Find my story "The Mermaid Game" in Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep

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Pen-Ultimate

Pen-Ultimate: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, edited by LJ Cohen and Talib S. Hussain

The anthology contains my story "Tear Apart Worlds".

From the Icelandic coast of Vík, where a Troll ship waits entombed in stone for the hand of the artist to free it, to a boy who, with the help of his alien friend, learns to create entire worlds, the stories in Pen-Ultimate showcase tales of fantastic visions, alien perceptions, and emerging awareness.

This speculative fiction anthology contains eleven stories written by graduates of the Boston area Ultimate SF Writing Workshop. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) emergency medical fund.

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Pen-Ultimate 2

Pen-Ultimate 2: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, edited by LJ Cohen and Talib S. Hussain

The anthology contains my story "Botanical Difficulties".

From the risks of having goddesses walk among us to surviving a fall from space with an improbable flying pig, Pen-Ultimate II brings you a new collection of tales from the imaginations of alumni from the Boston area Ultimate Science Fiction Writing Workshop.

Journey with us as we explore inhuman dreams of love, perplexing alien lifeforms, time and matter manipulation, the divine and not-so-divine consequences of our choices, and more in worlds like and unlike our own.

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July 7 - 10, 2016

Readercon 27

 

Feb. 13-15, 2015

Boskone 52

 

July 12-15, 2014

Readercon 25

 

February 14-16, 2014

Boskone 51

 

Cover art - Sea Elf
Cover art for Rider of the Sun Horse by RJ Blain
Pen-Ultimate II Cover Art
Kassandra- Saltwater Witch Poster 2013
Ochleros and Kassandra Battle Practice
Cover Art for Sea Throne by Chris Howard
Cover Art for Blood's Force
Blood in the Water - Saltwater Witch
Cover art for The Seas of Ernathe by Jeffrey A. Carver
Art for the comic edition of Salvage by Chris Howard
Cover Art for Storm Without End by RJ Blain
Cover Art for the Pen-Ultimate Anthology
Cover Art of Persona by AJ Maguire
Salvage Comic Cover Art
Eye of God Cover Art - RJ Blain
RJ Blain Cover
Derelict Cover Art
The Victor

 

The Complete Seaborn
City Power Plant
Fear of Flying
Future Engineering
Seaborn Cover
Reader Girls
Mermaids
Saltwater Witch Promo Poster 2012
Mermaids Discuss the Complexities of Global Shipping
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male and female.

Character Name Generator

 

A tool that pairs up two random nouns. Skim the list, see if any of them spark ideas—or make you laugh.

Word Pair List Generator

 

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Seaborn Name Generator - Male

 

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Seaborn Name Generator - Female

 

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