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by S.M. Stirling   <>

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Book 1 of S.M. Stirling's series "The Sunrise Lands", published in 2007. These books are set in the same world as the "Dies the Fire" trilogy.

It's Change Year 22, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive.
The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage—and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition must travel to Nantucket across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

This book will be followed by "The Scourge of God", "The Sword of the Lady" and "The High King".



These are getting dense and chewy. Trying to create a world, even in words, is good occupational therapy for lunatics who think they're God, and an excellent argument for polytheism.

Thanks to my first readers:

To Steve Brady, for assistance with dialects and British background, hints on birds, beasts and bugs... and spotting some howlers.

Thanks also to Kier Salmon, for once again helping with the beautiful complexities of the Old Religion, and with local details for Oregon, and spotting some howlers, including a 6-hour continuity gap. Ooopsie! Not God yet!

To Dale Price, help with Catholic organization, theology and praxis, and some excellent suggestions... and spotting some howlers.

To all of them for becoming good, if long-distance, friends.

To Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Sage Walker, Emily Mah, Terry England, George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, Yvonne Coats, Sally Gwylan, Laura Mixon-Gould and Ian Tregellis of Critical Mass, for constant help and advice as the book was under construction, which enabled me to avoid some howlers. And heck, they were already friends.

To John Ringo, for some 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. I always do when she's got a new CD out.

Special thanks to Kate West, for her kind words and permission to use her chants.

Special thanks... am I overusing the word?... to William Pint and Felicia Dale, for permission to use their music, which can be found at and should be, for anyone with an ear and salt-water in their veins.

And to Three Weird Sisters—Gwen Knighton, Mary Crowell, Brenda Sutton, and Teresa Powell—whose alternately funny and beautiful music can be found at

They've not only allowed me to use their music, but to modify it, as for example Gwen's lovely "New Forest", the original lyrics of which can be found at:


All mistakes, infelicities (including missed howlers) and errors are of course my own.



To Jan, forever and ever.



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