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Place for blurb text, lots of lovely blurb text about S.M. Stirling's new Alternate History novel.

Perhaps the blurb should mention that this book is set in about 2025 AD in a world that was hit by some comet fragments in 1878, depopulating much of the Northern Hemisphere from Russia to North America.



In Memoriam:


To Poul Anderson






To Melinda, Yvonne, Walter, George, Daniel, the two Terrys, Sandra and Trent, of Critical Mass.

To Harry Turtledove, for the gift of Hobson-Jobson, which was an immense help; and to Eric Flint, for recommending the Cultural Atlas of India.

To Mark Anthony, best chiropractor in the West.

For inspiration, I'd also like to thank Kipling, Mundy, Lamb, Merritt, Howard, Sabatini, Masters, Fraser, Burroughs, Wren, Kline, and all the others, the grand storytellers of adventure and romance.



Quotations from The Golden Road and Hassan, by James Elroy Flecker.



"What shall we tell you?

Tales, marvelous tales

Of ships and stars and isles where good men rest

Where nevermore the rose of sunset pales

And winds and shadows fall towards the West..."



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