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The World of Gerard van Oost and Oludara

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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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

All versions (English):

Kindle:, UK, Deutschland, France, España, Italia, Nederland, 日本, भारत, Canada, Brasil, México, Australia

Kobo:, Bookworld (Australia), Indigo (Canada), Eason (Éire), FNAC (France), Feltrinelli (Italia), Rakuten (日本), Bol (Nederland), Paper Plus (New Zealand), National Book Store (Pilipinas)

Apple: iTunes/iBooks

Nook: Barnes & Nobles, (UK)

Tolino:,,,, Bü,

Also on: Scribd, Inktera, Oyster


"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