The first short story of 2018 has arrived, courtesy of the Black Library. “Light of a Crystal Sun” finds Fabius Bile, desperate to stop his body’s degeneration, trying to use remnants of an aeldari seer, crystallised but still powerful, to discover the secrets of life after death and bring himself immortality…
From the blurb:
For centuries, Fabius Bile has performed vile genetic experiments, torturing and killing thousands to create twisted hybrids of life. But now, a new challenge emerges. He seeks to use the power and knowledge of the ancient aeldari in order to save his own life from the illness that ravages his body, As he connects his consciousness to fragments of a crystal seer stolen from the heart of Craftworld Lugganath, he faces peril unlike any he has ever experienced before. Can Fabius hold out against the psychic might of the infinity circuit, or will his mind die before even his body does?
This was an interesting one to write. I wanted to do something slightly psychedelic, and I think, for the most part, I succeeded. I also wanted to highlight Fabius’ towering arrogance and determination, by having him bite off a bit more than he could chew, during one of his schemes. I’d say the conjoined consciousnesses of several aeldari seers qualifies. But why not decide for yourself?
“Light of a Crystal Sun” is available as a digital download from Black Library, as well as via Amazon.com and its subsidiaries, as a Kindle download. If you’re interested, here’s an early review of the story from Michael Dodd, over at Track of Words. And be sure to check out the new Fabius Bile series page, at the Black Library site.