The Fortuitous Meeting
The story that started it all. “The Fortuitous Meeting” recounts how Gerard van Oost and Oludara first met in Salvador, Brazil, and how each of them, in turn, had to find a way to outwit a legendary foe.
This is the first adventure in The Elephant and Macaw Banner series and a 2010 Nebula Award finalist for best novelette, from its original publication in Realms of Fantasy magazine (under the name “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara”).
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Winner, Realms of Fantasy 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards
Novelette Recommendations 2011 by Rachel Swirsky
“I enjoyed Christopher Kastensmidt’s “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard Van Oost and Oludara”. This is a sort of origin story, and so we get to see each hero perform one heroic (and clever) feat, setting up further adventures for the pair.”
– Review by Rich Horton, April 2010 issue of Locus Magazine
“The story is a swift moving adventure, carefully constructed for a seamless flow of information that paints in the landscape and the period without bogging the reader down. This is only the beginning. It left me wanting more.”
– M.G. Ellington, Marketing Director of Apex Book Company
“’Fortuitous Meeting’ is a delicious read, with charismatic, intelligent characters. Gerard and Oludara form a duo with potential for unlimited adventures.”
– Review by Daniel Borba from Além das estrelas
(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
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(Dutch) SF Terra, July 2014
As “De Fortuinlijke Ontmoeting van Gerard van Oost en Oludara”
Translator: Paul Buitenhuis
(English) The Fortuitous Meeting, July 2015
(Chinese) – Coming soon from Douban Read!
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"I enjoyed Christopher Kastensmidt’s “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard Van Oost and Oludara”. This is a sort of origin story, and so we get to see each hero perform one heroic (and clever) feat, setting up further adventures for the pair."
—Review by Rich Horton, April 2010 issue of Locus Magazine