Just a creative guy 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 have appeared in a bunch of zines, latest is “Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology” in Fantasy Magazine. My story “Hammers and Snails” was a Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner. My essay “How to Build Worlds without Becoming the Minister for Tourism” is in Now Write! (Penguin, 2014). 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!

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Saltwater Witch is a finalist in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for "Best Graphic Novel / Illustrated Novel".

Chris Howard - Seaborn - Juno Books

SEABORN TRILOGY

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

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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 - Salvage (2013)

SALVAGE

Salvage is out from Masque Books! Salvage, the first book in a new Seaborn series, 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. Get it now from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, 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.

 

Salvage

Salvage is out from Masque 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.

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

"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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Autonomous


September 2014

Winterdim

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll... and Trees. 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 a childhood friend, it becomes a promise she can't break without breaking her view of the world.

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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.

Here's a clip of Cory Doctorow's kind words on Boing Boing:

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 ...

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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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The Greek Kalends

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The Complete Seaborn

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A Corner Not Dipped in Styx

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Now Write!

I have a writing piece called “How to Build Worlds without Becoming the Minister for Tourism” in the next Now Write! anthology (Penguin, Feb. 2014). Pre-order now:

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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.

Pen-Ultimate Anthology

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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February 14-16, 2014

Boskone 51

 

July 11-14, 2013

Readercon 24

 

Feb. 4-6, 2013

Boskone 50

 

July 12-15, 2012

Readercon 23

 

Saltwater Witch - Kassandra and Ephoros
Cover art for Inquisitor by RJ Blain
Cover Art for Future Tense by LJ Cohen
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 Hope and the Clever Man by Mike Reeves-McMillan
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
Generate dozens of interesting contemporary names,
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

 

Generate authentic
seaborn names

Seaborn Name Generator - Male

 

Generate authentic
seaborn names

Seaborn Name Generator - Female

 

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