There are tons of great new books in speculative fiction being released today–get your credit cards ready! I’ll be spotlighting a few over the next days.
First up is Cherie Priest, whose new steampunk, DREADNOUGHT, releases today from Tor Books, following up last year’s Locus-winning BONESHAKER. I had a chance to ask Cherie a couple of questions as I put together my new Fiction Affliction column for Tor.com (more on that below).
I grew up (primarily) in the Southeast, where alternate Civil War ending speculation is something of a regional pastime, so when I began noodling with my own steampunk/alternate-history world-setting, it seemed like an obvious place to start. I was drawn to the idea of a universe where the trappings of steampunk were symptomatic of the place and time – not just accessories to it; I wanted to tell stories wherein there was a very good reason for the “advanced” Victorian technology, and the Late Unpleasantness was the perfect linchpin upon which to hang it.
But probably my favorite thing about the Clockwork Century, as it sprang up in response to all these narrative demands, is that it isn’t too much history – which is to say, it isn’t hobbled by the facts. A woman can go nuts trying to account for every tiny detail as it might have been changed in another time line, and I didn’t feel like going nuts. I just wanted to have fun with it. So I cherry-pick the interesting or useful bits of history and either ignore or hand-wave away the parts I don’t want to use. The Clockwork Century works for me because it’s a playground and not a textbook.
Great stuff! Dreadnought, the second Clockwork Century book, releases today. To see all the science fiction (including steampunk) books being released between September 28 and October 31, check out yesterday’s Fiction Affliction column on Tor.com. A new one will run each day this week–others will focus on new releases in Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy and Young Adult Paranormal, and I’ll update the links as they become available. Be sure and leave a comment!