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Lucie Lukačovičová 
Short stories in chronological order by years

2018

1. CatNIP - in Chinese, magazine Science Fiction World 05/2018

(the second story published in this magazine after War Within in 12/2017)
Photos from Lucy's visit at the Asia Pacific SCIFI Convention in Beijing May 2018

Science Fiction World with Lucy's CatNIP story

2. The Rocks of Bloody Teeth, magazine Fortress (Pevnost) 06/2018
The hunting of man-eating beasts is usually a deadly business. Even for a pair of such seasoned fighters like West and Booker. Their opponent is a terrible wendigo and besides that they are being pushed by time. The longer it will take to find and destroy the monster, the more people will become its victims. As if it were not enough, there is the affair with the slaughtered caravan, which might be considered to be a work of innocent Cree Indians. That is the reason why they have as a tracker a young Cree girl who knows the surroundings. But she also has her own agenda…

3. What Cannot Be Buried
in: Anthology Space Opera 2018, publishing house XB-1, Prague 2018
A psychological scifi thriller which takes place  on the mining station Kroisos. Among terrestrials employed by mining company there is also a member of an alien race Amber Sidaris. He tries to understand human beings, to protect the weak ones  and to escape the unjust wrath of his father. 

 

4. Poetry
- Anchored
- Lost at Sea: Sunken Bell
- Seashore Haiku
in: Samajamukhi Monthly Magazin (Kannada Language India), August 2018
 
 

 

 

2017

1. Scarecrows
in: magazine Pevnost (Fortress) 01/2017, page 39

Western with elements of horror about weird deserted village in the middle of corn fields. Horror story in which the difference between scarecrows and human beings has been washed out.

 

2. Theatre of Monsters

in: magazine Pevnost (Fortress) 06/2007, page 39

Prague in an indefinite future. But the topography is just slightly altered, some time must have already passed: the Faculty of Law is a ruin left to itself,  but the noble hotel Intercontinental is still standing next to it, shop “Everything for Pets”  called Zverimex at Letná is still operating, the merry-go-round is turning and fog is floating over the Vltava river.
There are various remarkable creatures moving around the city – the hard-boiled female detective Avalon, controlling the kinetic energy of common metals, Tigress Li Yin able of predicting the future, who is sitting in her room behind bamboos with crawling miniature pandas, the prestigious means of payment of the time (something like diamonds), or Natalia The Blue Beast who enjoys dissecting corpses.  And the murdered opera star Jing'er.
Avalon cracks the secret behind the murder in spite of all dangers,  but it does not make her feel well, her soul is sad.  The Tigress has already covered up murders which happened in Prague  five years ago and will cover up also the murder of Jing'er.  The public knowledge of the truth could evoke hysteria directed against strange creatures, squabbling crowds, chaos, killing in the streets – nobody wants that.  The Tigress protects herself and would cover up any future murder as well – the justice cannot prevail. 

A well written story with excellent dialogues, folk slang and full of black humor. Avalon´s inner monologues are funny and chilling and the same time.

3. - 4. Spark Series
part I: Spark of Thought; part II: Spark of Eternity

IN: Less Than Three Press 2017 
in English original, obtainable in electronic form 

https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&products_id=1437

Both stories take place in the alternative nineteenth century: medicine, forensic science, railway and steam boats are developing, but people continue to fear "warlocks", persons endowed with special supernatural abilities. And because of this fear, the Inquisition still managed to have a considerable power. Ignatius is the Supreme Inquisitor in Prague, a city with a heretic reputation. When the young inventor Nikola, suspicious to be one of the warlocks, crosses his way, he starts, for the first time in his life, to doubt his mission.Initially, only the life of one prisoner is at stake, later on the life of the jailor – and whomever else who would stand in the way of the Inquisition. As time goes by, Ignatius seems willing to throw away his entire previous life, but it will not be so easy for him. Wherever he encounters the traces of supernatural crime, his instincts taught him to investigate it; especially when nobody else who would follow the trail of the criminal, is available. The narrative draws from historical realities, but modifies and adjusts the fate of historical figures in the game "What if ...?"

The Spark of Thought was also published by  Nová vlna (New Wave Publisher) as a "hard copy" in "Dreams Beyond", an anthology of Czech Speculative Fiction, edited by Julie Nováková 2017.
https://www.kosmas.cz/knihy/234231/dreams-from-beyond/

5. Circus  Cosmos
in: Anthology Space Opera, ed. Vlado Ríša
Published by: XB-1 2017
Hard cover, 280 pages

A story from the world of Lucy´s novel Station Armida. At the first glance, the circus, like any other. Timothy the Magician, Oisín the Fire Eater,  Simsim the Jongleur,  Jerry the Dompteur and his Lisghur, a dangerous predator whom he brought up,  and a dompteuse Ester with a black animal which is no animal. Timothy, however, has another mission in the circus flying around the universe - the revenge of his brother Theodor.  The situation starts to be complicated by the arrival of an inspector from the Animal Protection League, who brings with her as an Opal assistant from the race well known for its strong empathic abilities...

6. The Only Human
in:  In the Shadow of Empire
Published by:  Epocha 2017
EAN: 9788075570833
ISBN: 978-80-7557-083-3
Hard cover, 656 pages

Even more than seventy years after the end of World War II, the Third Reich and everything connected with it are an integral part of Czech history, but also of pop culture. Perfect villains, disgusting members of Gestapo, horror images of concentration camps, brutal shooting on the battlefields from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Europe throughout Africa to Asia ... but also crazy black comedies or peculiar urban legends. The difficult theme inspired the best writers of Czech fantasy across generations to most exceptional and genuinely diverse stories ...

Lucy´s story "The Only Human" deals with a group of Czech supernatural hunters, endowed with various paranormal talents which is set to examine the place in Poland where a concentration camp used to be situated. But somebody took extreme care to get rid of all the traces…

In the same anthology, there was published also a short story by Lucy´s sister Petra, “Machine for ravens production.”


7. The War Within

SF short-story "War Within" (together with a short article about Czech SF) was translated from English to  Chinese and published in the Chinese magazine Science Fiction World (in December 2017): http://www.sfw.com.cn/

The security chief Paul Gris has half an hour to discover who is the terrorist behind the attack at the laboratory where they produce Army Ants, small machines equipped with explosives causing an explosion not strong enough to significantly damage walls or machinery but strong enough to kill a human being. And life of Marion imprisoned in the laboratory is at stake…

2016

1. Salt and Blood
in: Anthology Mythical Creatures

XB-1 Publishing House 2016
266 pages
ISBN 978-80-905300-7-2

A collection of nine stories by Czech writers on the subject of mythical creatures  contains stories from various places of our planet. The mythical creature in Lucy´s story Salt and Blood which is taking place on Hawaiian island Maui is a Shark Deity. The exotic environment is portrayed so faithfully that anyone who has not visited  these areas yet can clearly see it in front of him -  and whoever is acquainted with these places can recall his own atmospheric memories very easily.  The introductory description of the character of an oceanographer who came to Maui to study "marine biology" is very credible: every European with rational mind and skepticism about superstition and magic would feel like that. But gradually the whole atmosphere will overwhelm him so much that even the luxurious surroundings of Four Seasons Hotel cannot protect him - he starts to get engaged in spite of all common sense. And in the final catharsis, he will be ready to hand over a report saying that Makane beach is quite safe.

2. A Bao A Qu
in a magazine Pevnost (Fortress) 03/2016

A mystical  short story A Bao A Qu has been placed in the year 1939 into colonial India.

The voyage of an Englishman Alrik and his Indian friend Abai who studied with him in Britain aims at finding  a mystical creature described in Jorge Louis Borges book about imaginary beings.
Already the initial quotation and initial lines let us feel the mystery around. Both the  friends and their relationship is realistically described – also their reaction in the extreme situation of physical hardship and in the situation  when their lives are endangered. We are convinced  that those two are real human beings with characteristic features and prejudices of their time.  
But the story has two levels, another one is hidden in the old history which is closely interwined with the present… And the mystery which is difficult and dangerous to solve.

 

3. Mirrors Full of Shadows
in a magazine Pevnost (Fortress) 09/16, page 35

A story from the student environment, where strange things are happening and mirrors emit dangerous doppelgangers.

 

4. A House of the Steel Needles
in: A Woman with a Lion, an anthology of fantasy stories by Czech and Slovak female writers

pages 113 - 152
Editors: Zuzana Hloušková, Františka Vrbenská
Fortna Publishing House, 2016
Illustration: Jana Šouflová
ISBN 978-80-905996-0-4

A short story where everything is different than it seems at the first glance. The main female hero Resa Viandante could save the world by her inventions - but ultimately she is only forced to invent weapons for her own defense. Celestialists, whether angels or demons, who control human beings; instruments and machines powered by aether or by blood - all that creates a nightmare about the possibilities of abuse of power and technical inventions. The story ends with the departure of an obsessed hunter Samuel West who somehow resembles a hero of the Wild West. Though he was not able to prevent a destruction of the region, he contributed to the rescue of Resa and her friend Frederic.


The launch of the anthology in Café Bar Elysium - December 2016

 

2015

1. City of Freaks
in: Fortress (Pevnost) 7/2015, pages 36 - 47
Hard-boiled private eye Avalon belongs to the people with special innate talents, but she is certainly  not spreading this message around. She would not call herself a hero, whether super hero or any other hero. However, her life in post-apocalyptic Prague, already hard enough,  gets even more complicated when the  investigation leads her into the clutches of the local underworld bosses.

2.  Pavillion of Gemini
in: Anthology Terra Nullius, Brokilon, Prague 2015

hard cover,  336 pages
ISBN/EAN 978-80-7456-256-3
In this anthology you will find stories whose authors, in their search for humanity,  are not afraid to enter the unexplored no man's land (Terra Nullius).  Each story is different and original, but  they have at least one thing in common - the breathtaking imagination. You will go with them into the world of secret services, dangerous archeology and biotechnology. You will reach the limits of the solar system and get acquainted with the members of  the first forthcoming interstellar voyage, with creatures  endowed with quite different rights than ordinary people. You will meet with unexpected pioneers of new technologies, with fascinating cosmic phenomena and with people fighting for survival, rescue and revenge - or just for hope of understanding.

This Anthology contains Czech  "biological science fiction", dedicated to the theme of transhumanism in all its conceivable forms. It contains intelligent, thoughtful and very readable works of the best Czech authors. Lucy´s short story Pavilion of Gemini was very much acclaimed in various reviews.

 

3. CatNIP (translated from English into Romanian) -
in: online magazine Fantastica
 http://fantastica.ro/catnip/

4. La Sedienta (The Thirsty)
Western steam punk story
in: XB1, magazine for sci-fi, fantasy and horror 10/2015

The world of the Wild West, the vast plains that are intersected only by traces of buffalo herds, Indian hunters and wandering bandits. And of course, by railway. Track gauge of twelve meters, accommodating massive machines of Giants, going from the East to the West, which, once on the track, can be stopped by nothing.  Father and son did not drive any of these Giants, they have only an ordinary steam locomotive for transporting cargo and sometimes passengers - this time, two women and one man. As it turns out at the moment of mortal danger, the passengers are not as defenseless as it would seem at the first glance.

5. Sprout of Rose
in: Mercenaries of Fantasy - Intelligent Glaciers and Other Freaks
Collection of stories - Czech fiction series (103)
Cover: Tomas Kučerovský
Published by: Straky na vrbě (Magpies on Willow) 2015
ISBN: 978-80-87364-52-9

The story about the journey of elf Sulin  and dryad Omerin. Fighting monsters and monstrosities, for saving the empire.

6. Spark of Thought
Lucy´s  first story published in English.  It takes place in Prague, in an alternative history - and it has a specific point.
In the midst of the steampunk era, the City of Prague is at the heart of the Holy Inquisition, which is determined to wipe out the witches and heretics endangering the world. A young scientist is accused of witchcraft and ends up coming to the attention of Ignatius, the High Inquisitor.

An unexpected attraction complicates an already dangerous situation—a situation that many are happy to exploit, from other authorities within the church to city leaders. Ignatius will have to choose between the life he's always led or the warlock he shouldn't love—if they survive long enough to have any choice at all.

To order:
http://www.lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=92&products_id=1065

 


2014

1. Copper Cicada
in: Mercenaries of  Fantasy - Lonely Warrior
Editing House: Straky na vrbě, Edition: Czech Fantasy 2014
ISBN: 978-80-87364-46-8
Cover: Tomáš Kučerovský

Collection of short stories about lonely men fighting on their own for good and not so good causes.
Lucy´s story in the collection is called Copper Cicada and is situated in  China of 3rd century AD, in the time of   Three Kingdoms, a tripartite between the states of Wei, Shu and Wu. It tells a story of three warriors of that time and has an unusual original structure and surprising ending.


 
2. The Coast of Whales
in:KOČAS 2014, a regular anthology of sci-fi and fantasy short stories which participated in the competition for Karel Capek award - selection effectuated by the competition administrator Jiřina Vorlová

Lucy´s story is a type of introduction to the following Singing of  Metal Whales which was published in the anthology of the same name. It can be taken as a savoury which opened the door to the world far away in the north,  full of strange whale songs.

 3. Singing of Metal Whale
in: Singing of Metal Whales, anthology of Czech urban fantasy
editor Vlado Ríša ISBN 978-80-905300-1-0
Publishing House:  Connector X-1, 2014
hardcover 332 pages, cover Petr Kopl

Summary: A collection of short stories by Czech authors focused on urban SF. It contains stories of pure sci-fi and fantasy, which take  place in Prague, on other planets, in the Middle Ages, somewhere in the Nordic countries etc. 
http://www.fantasyplanet.cz/clanek/ed-vlado-risa-zpev-kovovych-velryb


Excerpt from the review – unauthorized translation from Czech into English
-
http://sarden.cz/node/6876
“The first story  called Singing of Metal Whales by Lucie Lukačovičová  gave name to the Anthology.  This winter was a little bit ungenerous with  frost and snow, so you can at least enjoy it in this story.  It is set  in Hvalurströnd, a region with  bitterly cold northern environment and lack of jobs.  The only opportunity to earn  some money for living is the work in a factory for whale blubber, which is produced by metal whales/machines. But only until  they are poisoned by somebody. The only witness is  small Svana who was just roaming around in search of her father. But  if she gave the evidence  what happened, she would  get her father Andrés into trouble because the presence of unauthorized persons, not speaking about children, is strictly prohibited in the factory.

I liked the idea of ​​having the metal whales and all environment veiled in darkness and mystery. I awaited steam punk features because of the title – but there was only a touch of steam punk. The whole story had  more of  post-apocalyptic touch.  And that worked very well for me as I like such type of stories.”



2013
1. Debt of Honour
in: “Legends: The Cursed Libraries, Great Anthology of Fantasy Stories with the topic of books and libraries
Compiled by Michael Bronec,  edition of Czech Fantasy

ISBN: 978-80-87364-40-6
Publishing House:  Straky na vrbě (Magpies on the Willow tree)  2013
Hardcover,  960 pages

The book was awarded the first place in the category of Best short stories of 2014 in the 19th annual Academy Awards of SciFi, fantasy and horror.

Abstract:
Beware! To read the book is dangerous! To read this book is especially dangerous! Open the door of the library, and you will be intermittently inundated by whispering of the pages  (But what can whisper, it can also bite. Or even eat.). Open the book and you enter into the world of fantasy. Your own or someone else's? Choose! (But do not lose the thread. Ariadne´s thread.  Remember that you will want to come back ...)

Excerpt from the review – unauthorized translation from Czech into English:
http://www.casopisxb1.cz/aktuality/proklete-knihovny-vas-chyti-do-sparu-a-nepusti-recenze/
"The second story Debt of Honor by Lucie Lukačovičová immerses the reader into the mysterious house in which the main character has to repay the debt to his infirm uncle and to protect overnight his ageless girlfriend. At the first glance, a simple task indeed, but only up to the moment when the hero discovers who his uncle's girlfriend actually is. This short story is exceptional in its successful descriptions that evoke a truly oppressive atmosphere, but it is also full of action. "

 2. Nightingale and Alabaster in: Pevnost (Fortress), Prague 09/2013

 

2012The Fox that Runs to Town of Tábor, in: Secret Book of Chiaroscuro (novel in stories) Albatros, About Black Lady, in: Secret Book of Chiaroscuro (novel in stories), Albatros, 2012Tin Soldier, in: Steel and Blood, anthology Games with a Story,  Mytago, 2012 Honestly, in: anthology Dead in the Steam Pipe Connector, XB-1, 2012 Tongues of Fire, Heart of Ice, in:  anthology  Dark Times, Fantom Print, 2012You will meet only yourself,  in: magazine XB-1 01/2012, Jack XB-1, 2012 Old Foundations, in: anthology Mercenaries of Fantasy: Good News from beyond the Grave, Straky na vrbě, Prague, 2012

2011
The Dolls Killer
, in anthology Games with a Story: Crime and Punishment, Mytago, 2011
The Tree of Death, the Fruit of Life
, in: magazine Pevnost (Fortress)  11/2011, 2011

2010
Toro Dragón, in:  anthology Legends: Dragons,  Straky na vrbě (Magpies on the Willow), Prague, 2011

What Casts no Shadow, in:  magazine Pevnost 3/2010, 2010
Shadows of Ashes
, in: anthology Shadows of Ashes, Triton, Prague, 2010
The Tree of Life
, the Fruits of Death, in: anthology Merceneries of Fantasy: Tango with Vampire, Straky na vrbě, Prague 2010

 

2009
What the Eyes Can´t See
, in: episodic novel Asterion: City of Ghosts, Straky na vrbě,Prague, 2009

The Question of Honour
, in: magazine Ikarie 10/2009, Mladá fronta (Young Front), 2009
The Pawnshop
, in: anthology Kočas 2009, 2009
Baudelaire, version 2.0
, in:  anthology  Robots and Humans, Mladá fronta, 2009
Shadows of  Dreams, in: anthology Shadows of Dreams, Triton, Prague, 2009

2008
Black and White Cat
, in: Anthology Time of  Outlaws - new edition, Triton, Prague, 2008
Time to Go Home
, in: anthology Časovír, Mladá fronta, 2008
Missing, in: anthology  Dragonslayers X, Straky na vrbě,  Praha, 2008

 

Lexington, in: magazine  Icarus 07/2008, Mladá fronta, 2008
Those who Stray between the Worlds (Part 1) in:  magazine Pevnost 2/2008, 2008
Those who Stray between the Worlds (Part 2) in: magazine  Pevnost 3/2008, 2008
Silver Bells, in:  magazine Pevnost 5/2008, 2008
Shadows of the Towers, in: anthology Shadows of the Towers, Triton, Praha, 2008


2007
The Caravan of Dreams
, in: anthology  Asterion: Birth of a Blue Moon, Straky na vrbě, Prague, 2007


Daughter of her Mother, in: anthology Dragonslayers IX, Straky na vrbě, Prague, 2007

House of Laughter, House of Mourning, in: anthology  Newt (Mlok): A Collection of prize winning works, Karel Capek Award  2007
Enough Time to Die
, in: magazine Pevnost 1/2007, 2007
Pirates of Heaven, in magazine Pevnost 11/2007, 2007
Idol and Shadow
, in: anthology of  urban fantasy  Under the Cobblestones, Triton, Prague, 2007



Shadows of the Sea, in: anthology Shadows of the Sea, Triton, Prague, 2007

2006

Thieves of Time
, the magazine Pevnost 1/2006, 2006
Sun Shield
, in: anthology Czech fantasy 2005, Mladá fronta, Prague, 2006
The Price of Truth, in: magazine Breath of the Dragon (Dech draka) 1/2006, 2006
Shadows of  People, in: anthology Shadows of  People, Triton, Prague, 2006


2005

Shadows of Things
, in: anthology Shadows of Things, Triton, Prague, 2005   
There are also Other Cities…in: anthology Faces of the Future, Triton, Prague, 2005
Shadow of the Tiger
, in: collection  Dragonslayers VII. (Drakobijci),  Straky na vrbě,Prague, 2005


The Lord of Destiny, in:  anthology Die is Cast, Straky na vrbě,  Prague, 2005

Go through Hell, in: magazine Pevnost 5/2005, 2005
Two Heads, in: anthology Songs of the Dark Ages, Triton, Prague, 2005

2004
Ten Thousand Hells, in: magazine Pevnost 4/2004, 2004
Humming Hive, in: magazine Fantasy (Fantázia) 30 - 2/2004, 2004
The Boundaries of Power, in: magazine Breath of Dragon (Dech draka), 1/2004, 2004
Of those who Return, in: anthology Time of Outlaws, Triton, Prague, 2004
Road to Silence, in: Dragonslayers VI, Straky na vrbě,  Prague, 2004


Cursed Blood, in: collection Pragocon 2004 Cursed Blood, Sci-fi club Terminus, Gumruch, 2004

2003
The Heart of the Shrine
, in: magazine Pevnost 2/2003, 2003
The Poet and the Beauty, in: collection  Pragocon 2003,  Gumruch DTP, Prague, 2003
Félésis,  in: magazine  Guns of Avalon (Zbraně Avalonu) 1/03, 2003
Mantis,  in:  anthology Convent of Pleasure,  Straky na vrbě, Prague, 2003


The Sweetest Drink, in: magazine Pevnost 6/2003, 2003
Old Man, in: magazine Pevnost 11/2003, 2003

2002
The Victim, in: anthology  The Promised Age of Trolls,  Trollpress, Prague, 2002
Bloody Hell
, in: anthology The Promised Age of Trolls,  Trollpress, Prague, 2002
Black Widow, in: anthology  Black Widow, Gumruch DTP, Prague, 2002
Hazy Moon, Tell me! in: magazine Pevnost 4/2002, 2002
The Hungry, in: Collection of Fantasy and Scifi Stories Kočas, Straky na vrbě, Praha 2002


Before she Kills us All, in: anthology  Dragonslayers IV, Straky na vrbě,  Prague, 2002


The Last Tango in London, in: magazine Fantasy (Fantázia) No. 23 - 3/2002, 2002
Three Ravens, in:  magazine Pevnost 7/2002, 2002

 

2001
Fisherman and Wailing Wind, in: anthology  Pragocon 2001 Gumruch DTP, Prague, 2001
Wandering Witch, in:  magazine Guns of Avalon 2/01, 2001
Awakening, in: anthology  Newt: a collection of prize winning works in Karel Capek literary
competition,   the story won  Karel Capek Award for 2001,  Straky na vrbě,  Prague, 2001

 
Black and White Cat, in: anthology  Dragonslayers III, Straky na vrbě, Prague, 2001




2000
Gateway, anthology  Dragonslayers II, Straky na vrbě, Prague, 2000


Fado, in: anthology  Alter ego, Pragocon 2000, Gumruch DTP, Prague, 2000
The Rider of Darkness, in: Dragon Breath magazine 3/2000, 2000
Kiss of Life, magazine Imladris 5-6/2000, 2000

1999
Ferry Across the Mercy, in: anthology  Fatal War,  Gumruch DTP, Prague, 1999
Time of Exile, in: anthology Fatal War, Gumruch DTP, Prague, 1999
Eyes Closed, in: anthology  Dragonslayers, Straky na vrbě,  Prague, 1999

Aimede, in: magazine Opatssin 1/1999, 1999
Dancer, in:  magazine Opatssin 2/1999, 1999
Stairs, in: magazine Opatssin  2/1999, 1999

1997
In the Darkness, in: anthology  Miniparcon 97, Roman Kresta, Pardubice, 1997