In Constantinople, the Queen of Cities, poverty-stricken Michael the Fisherman and his wife Eudokia dream of a better life for their family. When Michael catches a fish that is able to grant wishes, he and Eudokia finally get their chance to taste the wealth and power of their wildest dreams. But will their ambition destroy the city and cost them everything they hold dear?This is a retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale "The Fisherman and His Wife". It's not one of the well-known princess stories, so Disney won't make a movie from it anytime soon; but it was a favourite of mine growing up, a fascinating trainwreck of a morality tale about the insatiability of ambition and the way that small sins lead step-by-step to immense sins. I was reading John Julius Norwich's Short History of Byzantium when I got the idea for this story in December last year--it seemed that only in early medieval Byzantium could such a story, with all its potential for epic and tragedy, conceivably have played out--and had a wonderful time retelling an old story in a very new way!
An epic clockpunk retelling of the Grimms' fairytale The Fisherman and His Wife, set against the theological turmoil and imperial grandeur of 700s Byzantium. Novella, approximately 33,000 words.