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by S.M. Stirling

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Book 2 of S.M. Stirling's "Tales from the Black Chamber" series, to be published in May(?) 2019.

These books are set in a world where Theodore Roosevelt became president of the U.S.A. in 1912, and features a covert-ops organization named “The Black Chamber”.

The German attack aimed at preventing the Americans from entering the Great War in 1916 has been defeated, and now the Black Chamber agents Luz O’Malley and Ciara Whelan are sent to Berlin to investigate a new weapon that is supposed to make the German Navy unstoppable.

This book is a sequel to "Black Chamber".





To Kier Salmon, longtime close friend and valued advisor. Whose help with things in Spanish and about Mexico—she lived there into adulthood—has been very, very helpful with this series, as well as her general advice to which I have always listened carefully. My mother grew up speaking Spanish too (in Lima, Peru), but alas she and my aunt used it as a secret code the children couldn’t understand, and Kier has been invaluable to fill in those lacunae, as well as being a fine editor (and promising writer) in her own right.


To Markus Baur, for help with the German language and as a first reader.


To Dave Drake, for help with the Latin bits and a deep knowledge of firearms acquired in several different ways. Also, collaborating with him taught me how to outline.


To Alyx Dellamonica, for advice, native-guide work, and just generally being cool. Her wife, Kelly Robson, is cool too and an extremely talented writer now winning implausible numbers of awards. An asteroid would have to strike Toronto to seriously dent the awesomeness of this pair. Soon Alyx will have another book out and it is great; I say this with smug certainty, since I got to read it in manuscript. Fortunately, writing is one of those fields where you have colleagues, not competitors.


To my first readers; Steve Brady, Pete Sartucci, Brenda Sutton, Lucienne Brown, Marcus Bauer, Ara Ogle, and Scott Palter.


To Patricia Finney (aka P. F. Chisholm), for friendship and her own wonderful books, starting with A Shadow of Gulls (which she wrote when she was in her teens, at which point I was still doing Edgar Rice Burroughs pastiche fanfic) and going on from there. One of the best historical novelists of our generation!


And to: Walter Jon Williams, Emily Mah, John Miller, Vic Milán (still present in spirit), Jan Stirling, Matt Reiten, Lauren Teffeau, S. E. Burr, Sarena Ulibarri, and Rebecca Roanhorse of Critical Mass, our writer’s group, for constant help and advice.


And to Joe’s Diner ( and Ecco Gelato & Expresso ( here in Santa Fe, for putting up with my interminable presence and my habit of making faces and muttering dialogue as I write.




“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt




To Victor Milán, good writer and good friend.
We’ll miss you, dammit, Vic.


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