Dusk Peterson

Historical speculative fiction on friendship, romance, and danger

Captivity. War. Disasters. Love.

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About me and my stories

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Updated July 2021.


Award-winning stories

Click on each title below for more information about the story and the honor it received.
 

Rainbow Awards

An awards contest for LGBTA literature.

 

Rauxa Prize

An awards contest for erotic literature that ran from 2005 to 2007.


Story lists & tags

Chronicles of the Great Peninsula timeline, with stories linked in chronological order.

Turn-of-the-Century Toughs timeline, with stories linked in chronological order.

List of published fiction in reverse order of the date of composition. Includes publication histories for each of the stories.

List of published fiction by date of publication. Also serves as a timeline for my literary life.

Tags. The easiest way to see the tags I use for my online fiction is through the two pages of my series entries at AO3. These show the tags I've used for the stories within each series. You can then go the works page and type the tag you want in the "Sort and Filter" sidebar, in the typing area labelled "Other tags to include." (Be sure not to type in the area labelled "Other tags to exclude.") When you hit the "Sort and Filter" button, all of my stories with that tag will show up, no matter what series they're in.



Fanworks and commissioned art of my writings

Shared Universes. Stories and art set in my worlds by other writers and artists.

See also this page: Copyright, licenses, and fanworks.


Biography

Official bio: Dusk Peterson writes award-winning historical speculative fiction: history-inspired mythic fantasy, alternate history, and retrofuture science fiction. Amidst dangerous events, love often occurs in the stories: family affection, friendship, platonic life-companionships, and romance. A resident of Maryland, Mx. Peterson lives with an apprentice and several thousand books. Visit duskpeterson.com for serialized online fiction, series resources, exclusive e-book previews, and notices of new releases.

Pronouns: They/them.

Honorific: Mx.

Work life: A writer since age eight, I began releasing my web fiction in 2002 and started my e-book press, Love in Dark Settings Press, in 2008. In the past, I've worked as a history writer, a newspaper reporter and copy editor, an e-zine publisher and editor, a historical researcher, an editorial assistant to history editors, a library assistant, a college archive assistant, a bookstore clerk, an office supplies store clerk, and a 5&10 clerk who lusted after the contents of the stationery section.

Personal life: Born in April 1963, I was initially raised in a university community just outside the rural village of Berrien Springs, Michigan. I mainly lived from ages eight to fifty-one in the New Deal planned community of Greenbelt, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), before moving in 2014 to Havre de Grace, Maryland (a historic port town at the tip of the Chesapeake Bay). A graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis  (which has a Great Books curriculum), I also lived in Annapolis for five years, in Baltimore for five years, and in England – primarily Oxford – for an accumulated total of two years. I'm a member of various literary communities and of the disability, LGBTA, mental health, and simple living communities. A homebody (even before the pandemic!), I divide most of my time between writing, housework, and family life.


Links to authors I especially like

In the list below, "romantic friendship" is an older term for queerplatonic relationships.

M. Chandler. Crime fiction. Includes male friendship, male-female friendship, m/m romance, and some f/m romance. My favorite: Shadow of the Templar series. (Fanlore entry for Shadow of the Templar.)

John Christopher. Science fiction. Includes male friendship and family affection. My favorite: Sword of the Spirits trilogy.

Susan Cooper. Fantasy. Includes family affection, male friendship, and male-female friendship. My favorite: The Dark is Rising series. (Fanlore entry for The Dark is Rising.)

Dorothy Dunnett (also here). Historical fiction and crime fiction. Includes family affection, male friendship, male romantic friendship, male-female friendship, female/male romance, and passing references to m/m. My favorite: The Lymond Chronicles. (Fanlore entry for The Lymond Chronicles.)

Sylvia Engdahl. Science fiction. Some Includes male friendship, female-male friendship, and f/m romance. My favorite: Children of the Star trilogy.

Manna Francis (also here). Science fiction. Includes family affection, male-female friendship, male female friendship, male friendship, m/m romance, and some f/f romance and f/m romance. My favorite: The Administration series.

Diana Gabaldon. Time travel and historical adventure. Includes family affection, female friendship, female-male friendship, and male friendship. My favorite: both her series, Outlander (includes f/m romance) and Lord John (includes m/m romance). (Fanlore entry for Outlander.)

Robert A. Heinlein. Science fiction. Includes male friendship, some female-male friendship, and some f/m romance. My favorite: Have Space SuitWill Travel.

Norma Johnston. Historical fiction, suspense, and contemporary realistic fiction. Incudes family affection, female friendship, female-male friendship, male friendship, and f/m romance. My favorite: The Keeping Days series.

Guy Gavriel Kay. Historical fantasy. Includes family affection, male friendship, male romantic friendship, female-male friendship, f/m romance, and passing references to m/m. My favorite: Tigana.

Ursula K. Le Guin. Fantasy. Includes male friendship, female-male friendship, female friendship, and some f/m romance. My favorite: Earthsea series. (Fanlore entry for Ursula K. Le Guin.)

Alistair MacLean. War fiction and thrillers. Includes male friendship and some f/m romance. My favorite: H.M.S. Ulysses.

Susan R. Matthews. Science fiction. Includes family affection, male friendship, male romantic friendship, female-male friendship, and some f/m romance and m/m romance. My favorite: Under Jurisdiction series. (Fanlore entry for Susan R. Matthews.)

Patricia A. McKillip. Fantasy. Includes family affection, male friendship, male romantic friendship, female-male friendship, female friendship, and f/m romance. My favorite: Riddle-Master trilogy.

Naomi Novik. Fantasy and historical fantasy. Includes male friendship, male romantic friendship, female-male friendship, and some f/m romance. My favorite: Temeraire series. (Fanlore entry for Temeraire.)

Lucius Parhelion (also here). Historical romance and historical fantasy romance. Includes family affection, female-male friendship, m/m romance, and f/f romance. My favorite: Hurrah for Hollywood series.

Mary Renault. Historical fiction and romance. Includes family affection, male friendship, female-male friendship, m/m romance, and some f/m romance. My favorites: The Last of the Wine and The Persian Boy. (Fanlore entry for Mary Renault.)

Rolf and Ranger. Western (contemporary), adventure, historical fiction, romance, and paranormal fiction. Includes family affection, male friendship, and m/m romance. And that's all in one series: Falls Chance Ranch.

Dorothy L. Sayers. Mysteries and historical drama. Includes family affection, male friendship, and f/m romance. My favorite: Gaudy Night. (Fanlore entry for Dorothy L. Sayers.)

Mary Stewart. Historical fantasy and contemporary suspense. Includes family affection, female friendship, male friendship, and f/m romance. My favorites: Merlin trilogy (historical fantasy) and Touch Not the Cat (romantic suspense with a touch of historical fiction).

Rosemary Sutcliff. Historical fiction, mainly set in Britain during the Roman era. Includes family affection, male friendship, male romantic friendship, male-female friendship, and some f/m romance. My favorite: The Eagle of the Ninth series. (Fanlore entry for Rosemary Sutcliff.) 

Megan Whalen Turner. Historical fantasy with a setting similar to the eastern Mediterranean. Includes family affection, male friendship, male romantic friendship, and f/m romance. My favorite: Queen's Thief series.

Philip Turner. Adventure novels set in England during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Includes family affection and male friendship. My favorite: Darnley Mills series.

Robb White: Twentieth-century adventure fiction, especially World War II naval novels. (Mr. White served in the United States Navy during World War II.) Includes male friendship. My favorite: Silent Ship, Silent Sea.


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