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

It is with great pleasure that IFWG Publishing announces the North American release of The Five Star Republic by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, the first instalment of their alt-history trilogy, City of the Sun.

“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.

IFWG will be announcing the details of the virtual book launch to be held 12 December 2021 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

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)

The next wave for shipping preorders will be 15 December 2021.

New Signing: The Years of the Wolf by Craig Cormick

IFWG Publishing Australia is almost exclusively a publisher of children’s and speculative fiction. Every once in a while we come across something special and not quite in our normal publishing line, and something we can’t say no to. Such is the case with Craig Cormick’s The Years of the Wolf.

The novel is a based on a rather bizarre moment in Australian history, which holds resonance for both the Centenary of World War One and issues around internment.

It is based on the true story of German civilians who were interned in an old prison on the coast near Kempsey in New South Wales, during WWI – and is told as an intriguing story of murder, cross-dressing, and the impacts of war on society. From a number of angles, we would classify this story as a psychological war horror story.

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Craig Cormick is an award-winning Canberra author and science journalist. He has published over 25 books of fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction, with both small and mainstream publishers, in Australia and overseas. Much of his work deals with reinterpretations of history. He is a former Chair of the ACT Writers Centre, and his writing awards include a Queensland Premier’s Award, ACT Book of the Year Award, the Tasmania Writers Prize and a Victorian Community History Award. He is a graduate of the Yale Writing Program, has taught writing at university and community levels, has been a writer in residence at the University of Science in Penang in Malaysia, and an Antarctic Arts Fellow travelling to Antarctica.

Welcome Craig! We look forward to publishing your work early in 2018.