Birdverse is a fantasy universe, named after its Bird deity. It is a  complex and diverse world with many LGBTQIA characters and different family configurations. Lately I’ve also been writing a lot about neuroatypicality and disability, and plan to continue doing so.

Birdverse has a unique magical system, Magical Geometry, which draws on  concepts from our-world phonology and geometry. The ability to use magic relies on deepnames, which can be acquired in adolescence and early adulthood.

“A surreal magic system reflects on the characters’ diverse personalities while providing a sense of otherness.” (Tangent)

“Read this for the unusual magical system and Lemberg’s ornate, beautiful language” (FantasyLiterature)

I now have a Birdverse Patreon, where I share work in progress, art, poetry, and other things unavailable elsewhere. More cool things are coming!

The Starcounter of Keshet

What is available:

The Desert Glassmaker and the Jeweler of Berevyar” (short story, Uncanny) – a small happy story about two artists. (February 2016)

Ranra’s Unbalancing” (poem, Strange Horizons) – Ranra tells about the disaster that destroyed her homeland. Also quince. // Winner, Strange Horizons Readers Poll. (November 2015)

Geometries of Belonging” (novelette, Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – Parét, a famous mind-healer, is asked to cure a young autistic patient – but his patient does not consent to be cured. Meanwhile, Parét uncovers a carefully wrought intrigue against his lord and lover. (October 2015).

“A wonderful portrayal of a society with trans and non-binary people, polyamory, fluid sexuality, and dom-sub relationships.” (Tiptree Award Nomination)

Three Principles of Strong Building” (poem, Strange Horizons) – a worldbuilding poem about one of the oldest Applied Disciplines, Strong Building (September 2015).

Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds”  (novelette, Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – continues the story started in “I will show you a single treasure.” Grandmother-nai-Leylit has something to hide. (June 2015)

“Beautiful telling of many gendered wordings and relationships, with great tenderness.” (Tiptree Award nomination)

I will show you a single treasure from the treasures of Shah Niyaz” (poem, Goblin Fruit) – many women work together to create the greatest treasure ever woven, even though they know what fate awaits it. // Rhysling Award nominee; third place Rhysling award in the long poem category. (Summer 2013)

Held Close in Syllables of Light” (novelette, Beneath Ceaseless Skies): YA with three queer teens on a trading quest gone awry. Reprinted in Best of BCS, Year 4. (October 2011.)


In progress or on submission

“The Book of How to Live” (novelette, looking for a home again!) – Efronia Lukano is a commoner without magic. Will her brilliant inventions gain her student status at the university?

“Two and Five Syllables,” alternatively “The Odd Angle” (either a novella or a novel, argh). This one continues the story of Dedéi, the young autistic person from “Geometries of Belonging,” who runs away from their abusive family and Has Adventures while also dealing with very many speech and motor difficulties. Follow their adventures on Patreon!

“A Portrait of the Desert in Five Personages of Power” (novella, in progress): A very old royal personage, running around the desert on stilts, discovers the antihero fast asleep in the sands. (trans characters, supermages, consent, D/s, the magical history of Birdverse).


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Rose Lemberg is a queer immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Her work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Rose co-edits Stone Telling, a magazine of boundary-crossing poetry, with Shweta Narayan. She is currently editing a new fiction anthology, An Alphabet of Embers. For a quick taste of Rose's writing, try the Sampler. You can support her work on Patreon.

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