The Fortuitous Meeting

“The Fortuitous Meeting” recounts how Gerard van Oost and Oludara first met in Salvador, Brazil.  It is the first adventure in the series and a Nebula Award finalist for best novelette, originally published as “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara”.

This story can currently be purchased as an e-book at the following locations (more versions coming soon):

Amazon Kindle



Finalist, Nebula Award for Best Novelette, 2010

Winner, Realms of Fantasy 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards

Recommended reading list – 2010 by Tangent Online

Recommended story by Lois Tilton of Locus Online

Top 15 reading picks of 2010 by Catherine Schaff-Stump of Writer Tamago

Novelette Recommendations 2011 by Rachel Swirsky

Publishing history:

(English) Realms of Fantasy, April 2010
Editors: Shawna McCarthy, Douglas Cohen
April 2010 Realms of Fantasy PDF

(Portuguese) Duplo Fantasia Heroica, Devir Livraria
Editors: Roberto Sousa de Causo, Douglas Quinta Reis
More information here

(English – Audio) StarShipSofa
Editor: Tony C. Smith
Listen free here

(Czech) Pevnost, April 2012
As “Osudové setkání Oludary a Gerarda van Oosta”
Translator: Andrea Peprlová
Foreign Ed.: Martin Šust

(Romanian) Revistă de Science Fiction şi Fantasy românesc: proză, arte vizuale, critică şi teorie literară, July 2012
As “Întâlnirea întâmplătoare a lui Gerard van Oost cu Oludara”
Translator: Antuza Genescu
Foreign Ed.: Cristian Tamas
Find it here

(Dutch) SF Terra, July 2014
As “De Fortuinlijke Ontmoeting van Gerard van Oost en Oludara”
Translator: Paul Buitenhuis

(English) The Fortuitous Meeting, July 2015
ISBN: 978-85-919338-0-8