This is a good day for me. "The Night of the Salamander," the latest story in the Mongolian Wizard series, is up at Tor.com. With, it almost goes without saying by now, another very fine illustration by Gregory Manchess.
It's not obvious from the story itself, but "The Night of the Salamander" introduces the second of the three great loves of Kapitänleutnant Franz-Karl Ritter's life. That's assuming that the rest of the series goes as currently planned.
This is, incidentally, the fifth story in the series. Tor has two more in inventory and will publish them at their pleasure. So the chronicles of Ritter, Sir Toby, and the Mongolian Wizard's conquest of Europe are one-third written. That's seven down and fourteen to go.
You can find the story here. Or you can just go to Tor.com and have a pleasant time wandering about.
And speaking of Tor.com . . .
The current issue (page? iteration?) of Tor.com has an enthusiastic review of Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. I have a contributor's copy, of course. But if I didn't, this review would send me out to buy a copy.
So it seems that the good folks at Tor conspire to make me happy.
You can find the review here. Or, as I said, go to Tor.com and start poking around. They've always got interesting stuff to read there.