• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
    —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
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    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

Outlander Short Fiction

Songs of Love and Death

“A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” is a short story (no, really. It is. Honest!   It’s 16,500 words, about), first published in November of 2010 in the anthology SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH: ALL-ORIGINAL TALES OF STAR-CROSSED LOVE (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois). It tells the WWII story of Roger MacKenzie’s parents, Jerry and Dolly — and provides and fills in the answer to one of the small mysteries opened in AN ECHO IN THE BONE. (Though as one astute observer commented, “I bet you filled it in with dirt you dug from another hole!”) Other Formats For “A Leaf…” “A Leaf On The Wind of All Hallows” has been released as a stand-alone e-book in December, 2012. More information. This story was also included in A TRAIL OF FIRE, an anthology of four Outlander tales. More information. My Short Fiction For more information on the availability of my short fiction, see my blog from September 4, 2012. More About SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH From the […]

A Trail of Fire (Four Outlander Tales)

The German Edition Is Released September 13, 2013: ZEIT DER STÜRME kommt früh! To my pleased surprise, I hear that ZEIT DER STÜRME (the German edition of A TRAIL OF FIRE) has shipped four days early, and is already in bookstores! For further details—and German Gabaldon news —let me draw your attention to the German version of the Official Diana Gabaldon website: www.dgabaldon.de. For those who don’t know what A TRAIL OF FIRE is: this is a collection of four “Outlander”-related novellas: “The Custom of the Army,” in which Lord John goes to an electric eel party and ends up at the Battle of Quebec. This story was originally published in the anthology WARRIORS, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and is available as a standalone ebook. “A Plague of Zombies,” in which Lord John deals with a slave insurrection, an infestation of zombies, and a few other minor matters, as military governor of Jamaica. This novella appeared as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” in DOWN […]

Virgins (in DANGEROUS WOMEN)

The story is set in 1740, in France, in which Jamie Fraser (aged nineteen) and his friend Ian Murray (aged twenty) become young mercenaries. “Virgins” is a novella, part of the Outlander series, and is included in the anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois, which was released in the U.S.A. and U.K. in hardcover on December 3, 2013. Click here to read excerpts of the stories in the anthology, written by many of today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors (excerpts provided by Tor). Publisher’s Description All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in DANGEROUS WOMEN include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ bestselling continuities—including a new “Outlander” story by Diana Gabaldon, a  tale of Harry Dresden’s world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones. Also included are […]

A Leaf On The Wind Of All Hallows

“A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” is a short story (no, really. It is. Honest! It’s 16,500 words, about). It tells the WWII story of Roger MacKenzie’s parents, Jerry and Dolly — and provides and fills in the answer to one of the small mysteries opened in AN ECHO IN THE BONE. (Though as one astute observer commented, “I bet you filled it in with dirt you dug from another hole!”) This story was released as a standalone ebook in formats for iPad, iPod, iBooks, iPhone, Kindle, and Nook on December 3, 2012. A narrated version is also available. Please use the pull-down menus at left to order. Songs of Love and Death Anthology “A Leaf…” was first published in November of 2010 in the anthology SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH: ALL-ORIGINAL TALES OF STAR-CROSSED LOVE (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois). This page was last updated on April 18, 2013.

The Space Between (Novella)

“The Space Between” is a novella that was published in an anthology titled THE MAD SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, edited by John Joseph Adams. This is one of the “orts”—the short stories and novellas that come from (and are part of) the overall OUTLANDER series.  This novella deals with Joan MacKenzie (Laoghaire MacKenzie’s daughter by an earlier marriage, and Jamie Fraser’s step-daughter) and with Michael Murray (son of Ian and Jenny Fraser Murray, elder brother to Young Ian Murray), in which Michael, a young and newly-widowed wine-merchant, takes on the responsibility of seeing Joan safely to the convent where she proposes to take up her vocation as a nun. Things Happen—not least, a growing bond between two displaced people in search of home and safety. This anthology was released in hardcover by Tor books on February 19, 2013. Authors who contributed include Alan Dean Foster, Carrie Vaughn, and many others! Publisher’s Description From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by […]