Category Archives: Salvage

Concept art for Salvage Issue2

I have been painting panels for the next issue of Salvage (Issue #2), and I am leaning toward a more painterly style, no hard lines, no pencils visible. Issue #1 on Comixology: –Based on the book Salvage (Masque Books, 2013)


Want to read a story about oceans, colonizing other worlds, friendship, and how time and memory are part of the fabric of the universe? Oh, good. Here’s my short story “Tear Apart Worlds”, first published in Pen-Ultimate: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, Edited by LJ Cohen  and Talib S. Hussain.

Tear Apart Worlds – PDF
Tear Apart Worlds – EPUB
Tear Apart Worlds – MOBI


Seaborn Books Timeline

Several readers have asked for details on how the “seaborn books” are connected, and in what ways. Most of the books and stories I have written over the last ten years are tied together in one timeline, sharing characters, a couple of them extending over a generation. A few clearly share the same setting–our near-future world, with seaborn characters, but without Kassandra making much of an appearance–or not at all (Salvage).

You may have noticed that there’s a genre mix, from what would neatly fall into fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, etc. to stories that could legitimately be categorized as science fiction or tech-thriller (Nanowhere, Salvage), to stories that may not clearly fall into any bucket (Winterdim). Futuristic fantasy?

You may have noticed that most of these stories take place in the future. That’s on purpose. You could also look at the stories in this timeline and see the advance of technology from one to the next–especially when you get twenty or ninety years into the future, from Nanowhere to Teller and finally to Winterdim. I am a software engineer and technologist, so I am always interested in the progress of technology, where it will lead us, and where it will be applied in the fields of health, culture, military, and–very important to me–in or on the ocean, in support of preserving ocean wildlife as well as how we will continue to provide enough seafood for the world’s every growing market for it.

Want to print out the timeline, or get a closer look?

Let me know if you see typos, problems with the order or dates. I threw this together quickly, a lot of of it coming out of long email discussions with Georg (, Lorena (, and others. Also, I mention characters, plot direction for future books, and other details that you may consider spoilers, so read some of the longer blocks of fine print at your own risk!


Read AUTONOMOUS for free!

SalvageAutonomousCoverI post a lot of art—sketches, paintings, book covers. I occasionally post one of my short stories online. but I have only posted an entire book online once, and that was a long time ago—2005-ish. So, I’m doing it again. This is a serialization type thing, in which I will post three to four chapters every week until every last word is available to read. Free. Just so you know, Autonomous is complete and in editing, so there is no chance that I will post the first fourteen chapters and skip town without letting you read the rest. Well, there’s a slight chance of that, but it’s nearly zero.

About the story.

Autonomous is about wild-ass technology, the future of intelligence, floating cities in the middle of the ocean, murder, and autonomous underwater vehicles. It’s a stand-alone story, loosely connected to my book Salvage (Masque/Prime, 2013). If you’ve read Salvage then you’ve already met a few of the characters, but if you haven’t, what’s the worst than can happen? Right, but besides that?

If a story can have a shape, then I think Autonomous is funnel-shaped. It begins sort of loose, with a wide spread of characters who appear to be moving in different directions, and as we progress, the funnel walls impose their shape on the narrative. They close in—metaphorically—and most of the characters and their stories slip into the more concentrated flow with other characters and their stories until we have a richer, deeper, more complex story that carries everyone through to the end. (Almost everyone).

Then again, maybe that’s every story ever told?

Scratch all that. Autonomous is a murder mystery at its core, but it’s also about many different people, and groups of people, taking sides to solve a serious problem—I mean civilization-ending, deadly on a global scale. Not all of these people end up on the same side. Some of these people do not survive. Some of these people are inside one person—the principal character, Nathan Isenart, is made up of three very different aspects of the same person, sharing the same name, sharing the same physical form, but not much after that. Autonomous is also about three fairly-secret military programs with rival visions for the world’s future.

There, I think that covers some of it. If that sounds daunting or just weird, don’t forget that Autonomous is still mostly about wild-ass technology, the future of intelligence, floating cities in the middle of the ocean, murder, and autonomous underwater vehicles.

—Chris Howard, 2014, Somewhere near the Atlantic

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Salvage on Goodreads

There’s a day left on the Salvage Goodreads giveaway. Still time!

Enter to win!

To tease you a bit, here are two more panels from the Salvage comic, the opening page of the next chapter.  That’s Martin in the Knowledgenix control room, and below that, a kilometer off Moss Landing in Monterey Bay, it’s John Andreden chatting with Theo–who’s starting to look like a cyborg killer whale.

Check out the Salvage comic preview on the Salvage site.


Category: art, comics, Salvage, web comic

Are you a Kobo reader?

Good news then! The Seaborn books are now available direct from Kobo books.


The Seaborn Trilogy

New cover design for all three, with new art for Sea Throne!

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Don’t have a release date yet, but…

I do have something close to a final cover. (It may change radically, but this is what it looks like today).  You’ll know more when I do!

Salvage Launch and Birthday

An amazingly awesome thing happened today, and by that I mean I had a big slab of some of the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted. My birthday was yesterday, I had a book launch late last month, and we celebrated these in the only way they should be celebrated—with the finest combination of deception, baking skill, and chocolate. I was completely surprised, which doesn’t happen that often. A friend of mine–colleague as well as writer of books, Skott Klebe, pulled the whole thing together (although I’m finding hints of subterfuge throughout my department, conveniently added meetings to the calendar, that sort of thing.)

This really… takes the cake. Oh yeah, and the cake—an absolutely stunning and delicious work of confectionary magic—was in the shape of my book Salvage, which is out in stores right now, so go tell your friends, family, and the rest of the world about it. I’ll even help with a couple links: and B&N:



Salvage site and wallpaper

I’m building a book site with links, info, Seaborn book stuff, art, wallpaper I made just for Salvage, and a bunch of other stuff.

Check it out here–some issues with mobile at the moment, so check it out on a notebook/desktop:

Anything you’d like to see on the site?

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