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.”
“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.