New Release: The Five Star Republic, Book 1 of the City of the Sun trilogy

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the Australian, New Zealand, and UK/European release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun. The print edition will be released in the US/Canada on 26th October 2021.

“IFWG has been waiting with anticipation for this day,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as it really is our flagship title for 2021. It has so much going for it: incredibly well researched in Australian/Victorian history, a delightful twist that sends it into ‘what if’ territory, the injection of solar technology (that actually existed in the nineteenth century), and a riveting, compelling storyline spanning generations. We jumped at purchasing the rights to this trilogy and we know it will be a hit among speculative readers and historical fiction readers alike.”

IFWG is also offering preorders for a limited signed edition of The Five Star Republic.

“Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents…Inventive and absorbing alternate history.” -Nancy Kress

The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.

The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.

In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you’ll wish we’d had.

“Original and enthralling…an alternate history imbued with hope and promise.” -Pamela Sargent

“Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…” -Publishers Weekly (US).

The Five Star Republic is available in ebook and print formats from all quality online and bricks and mortar stores. The US and Canadian release of the book will occur on 26 October 2021.

Preorder Offer: The Five Star Republic limited signed edition

IFWG is very pleased to offer a limited signed edition version of Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice’s new novel, The Five Star Republic. It is in hardcover format, with a signed block page (by both authors) and numbered. There will be a limit of 100 numbered copies available. A similar offer will be available next year for books 2 and 3 of the City of the Sun trilogy.

Furthermore, each reader can, if they wish, nominate up to 3 numbers they prefer to have in the signed block, and if they order book 2 next year, they can opt to have the same number (it will be reserved for a limited amount of time). This additional offer extends to book 3 as well.

IFWG believes that The Five Star Republic will be a notable book for 2021 in the speculative fiction field, particularly for readers of alternate history (Publisher’s Weekly stated that “Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat…”). We believe this signed, limited edition will be eagerly sought after by fans, as well as those investors who recognise it as a fast appreciating asset.

This offer is open until all 100 copies are exhausted. We don’t know how long this will take, but we would advise interested readers to purchase copies as soon as possible (and in particular if a particular number is sought after). Mail-outs will occur in several waves, the first will occur mid October 2021. If a purchaser bids for 1 to 3 numbers and they are exhausted, the purchaser will get the next available lowest number.

This offer is only available to Australian, UK, US and Canadian purchasers. It will be shipped from Australia.

The following preorder offers are available:

Australian readers: AU$65.00 (includes shipping)

US/Canadian readers: US$65.00 (includes shipping)

UK/Europe: GB£50.00 (includes shipping)

Preorder Offer: Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope & Resilience From the Pandemic

Infectious Hope will be released worldwide on 1 November 2021, and for those of you who are keen to get a copy, IFWG is offering world-wide preorders from now until 30 September 2021. Retail prices, but shipping will be free. The chapbook will be delivered on, or just prior to release, notwithstanding the postal systems, and how COVID affects them.

Infectious Hope is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know.This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

The following poets have contributed to this chapbook:

Linda D. Addison
Crisosto Apache
Allen Ashley
Eugen Bacon
Esther Belin
Jenny Blackford
Isobelle Carmody
Jay Caselberg
Anne Casey
Kat Clay
Claire G. Coleman
PS Cottier
Cardinal Cox
Jack Dann
Sebastien Doubinsky
Nigel Ellis

Stephanie Ellis
Rebecca Fraser
Owl Goingback
Oz Hardwick
Dominique Hecq
Dominic Hoey
Robert Hood
Roz Kaveney
Joe R. Lansdale
Steph Lum
Alessandro Manzetti
Kirstyn Mcdermott
Donna McLeod
Fiona Murphy
Jason Nahrung
Biola Olatunde

Yenn Purkis
Dan Rabarts
Hester J. Rook
Sumiko Saulson
Angela Yuriko Smith
Ruby Smith
Christina Sng
Heather Truett
Kyla Lee Ward
Janeen Webb
Adam Wolfond
Tabatha Wood
Fiona Wright
Marty Young

The following preorder offers are available:

Australian readers: AU$19.95 (includes shipping)

US/Canadian readers: US$12.99 (includes shipping)

UK/Europe: GB£9.99 (includes shipping)

All other countries: GB£12.99 (includes shipping)

Cover Reveal: Infectious Hope edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the cover art and design of our upcoming chapbook, Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From the Pandemic. Silvia Cantón Rondoni has edited an amazing collection of poems by leading poets and writers from around the world, and has exhibited additional talent by actually creating the cover art to boot.

Infectious Hope is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know.This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

The following is a complete TOC of the publication:

Foreword by Lee Murray

Preface  To Infectious Hope by the editor

Linda D. Addison… HERE/NOW

Ryka Aoki… HUNGRY ONCE AGAIN, IN AMERICA

Crisosto Apache… A PRAYER FOR US—Ik ł’dá beedaajindánde

Allen Ashley… SYMPTOMS MAY VARY

Eugen Bacon… WHAT THE MASK SAW

Esther Belin… WASHING DISHES IS GOOD MEDICINE

Jenny Blackford… THE DANCE

Isobelle Carmody… THE CHICKENS OF THE APOCALYPSE

Jay Caselberg… CHRYSALIS

Anne Casey… WHERE GULLS CRY

Kat Clay… SMALL CHOICES

Claire G. Coleman… I CANNOT SING WITH THE RIVER

PS  Cottier… PATTERNS

Cardinal Cox… BEFORE THE DAWN

Jack Dann… HOUSE ARREST

Sebastien Doubinsky… IS POETRY CONTAGIOUS?

Nigel Ellis… IN THE TIME OF BREATHING

Stephanie Ellis… ANOTHER EVE

Rebecca Fraser… #breathe

Owl Goingback… QUIET STARS

Oz Hardwick… THE TROCADERO SHOPPING MALL

Dominique Hecq… FIVE DAYS IN FOUR HUNDRED WORDS

Dominic Hoey… THEY ONLY BECOME DREAMS WHEN YOU WAKE

Robert Hood… THE BALLAD OF THE MONSTERS 2020

Roz Kaveney… PERSIST

Joe R. Lansdale… THE MOMENT PASSES

Steph Lum… RECREATE

Alessandro Manzetti… WHEN SHE LEFT

Kirstyn Mcdermott… UNTOUCHED

Donna McLeod… Ka whawhai tonu mātou

Fiona Murphy… PERPETUAL STASIS

Jason Nahrung… GROUNDED

Biola Olatunde… THE UNBUCKLING

Yenn Purkis… A HAPPY THOUGHT

Dan Rabarts… DISJOINTED

Hester J. Rook… the things that would not have happened, were it not for this

Sumiko Saulson … WITH DECEMBER COMES ELUNE

Angela Yuriko Smith… A NEW MATCH

Ruby Smith… HOME ALONE

Christina Sng… OUR BRIEF TIME IN THE SUN

Heather Truett… GHAZAL FOR THE GOOD IN 2020

Kyla Lee Ward… WARDROBE MALFUNCTION

Janeen Webb… HOTEL QUARANTINA

Adam Wolfond… IN THE HEART OF MUSIC OPENS HOPE

Tabatha Wood… OF TIME AND TIDE

Fiona Wright… & normal

Marty Young… AN ENDLESS BARRAGE

Infectious Hope will be released world wide on 1 November 2021, and preorders will be available in coming weeks.

Cover Reveal: The Forge by Barbara Howe

IFWG is over the moon with the cover of The Forge, Barbara Howe’s last book in her five-part The Reforging YA series. All of the series’ covers were rendered and designed by the very talented Catherine Archer-Wills (UK based).

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

The Forge will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.

Cover Reveal: Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors by David Kuraria

It is with great pleasure that we reveal the cover for David Kuraria’s upcoming long fiction collection, Bedding the Lamia: Tropical Horrors. We have had a long association with artist and designer, Luke Spooner, and he has (again) masterfully captured the spirit of the book in this cover. David Kuraria has had a long association with IFWG, having had short fiction published in a number of our anthologies, including award nominations. We are proud to assist David moving to the next logical step in publication, with this collection.

We will reveal more about this upcoming title in coming weeks.

Bedding the Lamia will be released world wide on 3 December 2021, and preorders will be available in coming months.