Mazehew didn’t like the Grand Parade where the kite-men flew beyond the Edge. He didn’t like the sky beyond the railings, a sky that reached up and out and also down. He didn’t like the utter absence of ground inches from his feet, the way the blue air faded to stars in the evening, up and out and also down. Most of all he didn’t like how the Edge made him feel – small, like nothing. Insignificant.
Third Instar is a vivid, evocative and ultimately dreamlike fantasy novella set in a city on the edge of the world in the most profound sense – a city filled with colour and life, against which David Gullen creates a beautifully universal tale of romance and almost mythical loss.
David Gullen was born in South Africa. Three years later King Neptune baptised him at the equator when his parents returned to England.
His novel, Shopocalypse, a near-future story of talking cars, shopping and nuclear war, is available from Clarion Publishing (2013). His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, one being shortlisted for the James White Award, another, an Aeon Award winner. His collection, Open Waters (theEXAGGERATEDpress), appeared in early 2014. He recently co-edited the charity SF anthology Mind Seed.
David lives with the fantasy writer Gaie Sebold. He is represented by the John Jarrold Agency.