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Book 2 of S.M. Stirling's "Dies the Fire" trilogy, to be published in 2005.

Perhaps the blurb should mention that these books are set in the world that the island of Nantucket left behind when it became an "Island in the Sea of Time"...

This book is a sequel to "Dies the Fire", and will be followed by "A Meeting at Corvallis".



Thanks to Wayne Throop, a valiant laborer in the handwavium mines and the unobtanium smelter, for help with technical explanations; to Harry Turtledove for a Monty Pythonesque remark which gave me a flash of inspiration (or at least that's what I call it) and some excellent advice on how to integrate a subplot; to John Whitbourn (author of the excellent Downslord series and much else) and Steve Brady, for help with dialects; to Steve Brady again for going all around Robin Hood's barn, or at least Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, helping with research; to Kier Salmon, for once again helping with the beautiful complexities of the Old Religion; to Don Ware for information on Brownsville, which appears—somewhat fictionalized!—in the book; to Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Emily Mah, Terry England, George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, (put in new members) of Critical Mass, for help and advice.

Special thanks to Heather Alexander, bard and balladeer, for permission to use the lyrics from her beautiful songs which can be—and should be!—ordered at Run, do not walk, to do so.

All mistakes, infelicities and errors are of course my own.



To my nephew, Gregory Taconi-Moore. Long life, health, many tubas.



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