The Deacon's Tale

“Sword of the Stars. I have played almost nothing else for a week... I had a fever this weekend, and I experienced dreams about the game that were so gripping, so true to life, and in their way terrifying, that I now believe the future described in the Sword of the Stars wiki to be the accurately predicted future of our galaxy.” --Tycho Brahe, Penny Arcade More

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About Arinn Dembo

I have been a professional writer for twenty years. My short stories have appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, and a number of anthologies. My reviews, articles and features have appeared in a number of web and print publications, including The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Vancouver Courier, Computer Gaming World Magazine, Cnet, and the former (Now Planet Fury).

For the past fifteen years I have worked primarily in the computer gaming industry, first as a reviewer and then as a developer. My background fiction and world-building have appeared in a number of popular titles, including Homeworld, Homeworld: Cataclysm, Ground Control,and Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

For the past six years I have been the Lead Writer of the Vancouver-based independent game developer Kerberos Productions. With Kerberos I have created two universes and written extensive background fiction for both the Sword of the Stars and Fort Zombie franchise games.

My first novel, The Deacon's Tale, will be published by Kthonia Press in October 2011. Monsoon, a short story collection which will include the prise-winning eponymous short story from Circlet Press, should be out by Christmas.

I'm a firm believer in independent art, be it games, music, film OR writing.


Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood introductory cinematic
The first teaser chapters of this novel were written to introduce an alien race known as the Zuul to the Sword of the Stars audience. Hear the villains speak in their own words!

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