I’m Adrian Tchaikovsky, and I hit the writing scene around 2008, and in August 2016 I’ll have my 14th book in print. This tends to prompt a lot of grumbling and use of the word “prolific”, but in my defence the first five books were already written before the first, Empire in Black and Gold, came out. I’m the author of flintlock fantasy Guns of the Dawn, SF Children of Time (shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2016, which still doesn’t seem real), upcoming deconstructionist fantasy Spiderlight, and the new series Echoes of the Fall (starting with The Tiger and the Wolf), but I’m probably still best known for my 10-book fantasy epic Shadows of the Apt, the story of the insect-kinden and their many, many wars.
I’ve been asked to contribute to the anthology Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists, a story from the point of view of one of my villains. Thankfully Shadows of the Apt is more than readily supplied with them. Some, such as the mad artificer Drephos or the Wasp Empress Seda have their life stories explored in the novels; others remain something of a mystery. For this challenge I’ve decided to go for Uctebri, the Mosquito-kinden magician and somewhat vampire whose machinations drive a great deal of the early plot in the series. We first meet him as a self-made slave of the Emperor in Dragonfly Falling, but he had a long road to travel before he got there, and there’s plenty of room for a story or two there.
So, if you’d like to see how and why Uctebri became a self-made slave, make sure you back the Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists Kickstarter by clicking the image below and backing the project.