Category Archives: Seaborn

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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New Complete Seaborn Cover


Nanowhere – Comic Edition

Did I tell you there’s a comic edition of Nanowhere in the works? (Right now it looks like a December 2014 release for Vol. 1). Here’s a concept sketch for the opening page, with Kaffia breaking the top panel to flip off the annoyingly loud gunships going overhead. They’re on their way to capture Straff, who’s hiding in the woods that surround the skatepark.  In the book (Get it at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, etc.) Kaffia and Alex come in on the second scene of the first chapter, but I want a mood-setting intro into the story.  This may be it, or It may not be it.

Nanowhere… it’s a love story with all the usual elements: rogue soldiers, computer hacking, tyranny, cryptography, hit-men with an affinity for rolled adhesives, rebellious skateboarders, and sentient billion-node self-organizing nanotech ghosts. Oh, and Kassandra from Saltwater Witch makes a couple appearances.

Kaffia and Alex, Opening Page of Nanowhere Comic

Kaffia and Alex, Opening Page of Nanowhere Comic


First 3 Pages of Saltwater Witch Chapter 14 are Live!

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Kassandra and Ochleros Battle Practice

Here’s a scene from Seaborn, with Kassandra practicing attackes with the demon Ochleros, not long before the battle. About 7 hours in Art Rage and CS6.





Are you a Kobo reader?

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


Nikasia from Sea Throne

Painted the character Nikasia from Sea Throne. She’s mentioned in Seaborn, but she’s a main character in Sea Throne. Nikasia is one of the Kirkelatides–one of the descendants of Circe. Very dangerous. About 5 hours in CS6 and Art Rage.

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