When Douglas Cohen pulled “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara” from the Realms of Fantasy slush pile, he wrote on his blog: “I expect Christopher Kastensmidt’s dynamic S&S duo of Gerard van Oost and Oludara to do wonderful things in the future.” So I suppose I can blame everything that followed on him — I would never contradict Doug, after all.
In 2011, the novelette was a finalist for the Nebula Award, perhaps the first S&S story since Fritz Leiber´s “Ill Met in Lankhmar” in 1970 to receive that honor (at least that I’ve found — Saladin Ahmed´s Throne of the Crescent Moon made the list a year later). The story also tied for the Realms of Fantasy Story of the Year Award, as chosen by readers.
When RoF closed, the second novelette in The Elephant and Macaw Banner universe (as it came to be known), was accepted at a different magazine, where it awaited publication for four years, greatly delaying the series´ progress in the U.S.
In Brazil, however, things have taken a different path. In 2010, Roberto de Sousa Causo, one of Brazil´s most well-known speculative fiction editors and authors, asked to see the story. The news that RoF had published a Brazil-inspired S&S novelette had aroused his curiosity. The day after I sent it to him, he asked if he could publish it in Portuguese.
The story went to Devir Livraria, the Brazilian distributor of an envious set of licenses: Dungeons & Dragons, GURPS, World of Darkness, Magic: The Gathering, board games, graphic novels and much more. It turned out to be a great fit for the fictional universe I would build.
From 2010 to 2012, Devir published the first three novelettes in pocket book format.