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Exclusive Interview: “Sun Of Blood And Ruin” Author Mariely Lares

 

Putting a different spin on a work of literature isn’t new, but it is really popular these days thanks to books like Madeline Miller’s Circe and Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne.

It is in this tradition, but also in its own way, that we find Mariely Lares’ historical fantasy novel Sun Of Blood And Ruin (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), which not only puts a unique spin on the character of Zorro, but also sets said story in an alt-history world.

In the following email interview, Lares discusses what inspired and influenced this story, which is the first book of a duology…and (if she has her way) maybe more.

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Exclusive Interview: “Weird World War: China” Editor Sean Patrick Hazlett

 

Of the many fears looming over our heads these days (and man, it seems like there’s a lot), none seems to loom as large, but also so abstractly, as the potential military conflict with China.

But for people who can’t wait — and who want it to be, well, weird — there’s the new alternative history / military science fiction anthology Weird World War: China (paperback, Kindle), the follow-up to 2020’s Weird World War III and 2022’s Weird World War IV.

In the following email interview, Weird World War: China editor Sean Patrick Hazlett discusses what went into assembling this short story collection.

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Exclusive Interview: “Earth Retrograde” Author R.W.W. Greene

 

With Earth Retrograde (paperback, Kindle), writer R.W.W. Greene is concluding The First Planets series he launched last year with Mercury Rising. In the following email interview, R. discusses what inspired and influenced this alt-history sci-fi series, how the two books connect, and why his main character isn’t named after a town in New Jersey.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Shamshine Blind” Author Paz Pardo

 

There’s a joke about people on drugs saying spacy things like, “Oooooooooh, look at the colors.” But imagine if, instead, colors were weaponized; “Aaaaaaaaa! Look at the colors!” It’s how Argentina won the Falklands War in Paz Pardo’s alt-history sci-fi allegory / police procedural novel The Shamshine Blind (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook). In the following interview, Pardo explains how being under the weather inspired this multilayered mash-up.

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Exclusive Interview: “1637: The Transylvanian Decision” Co-Author Robert E. Waters

 

For more than 22 years, author Eric Flint wrote or co-wrote dozens of books in his Ring Of Fire series of alternate history novels, while also asking other writers to do the same. It is regarded as one of the best alternate history sagas in science fiction. But while Flint sadly passed away this past summer, the Ring Of Fire story isn’t done just yet. Co-written by Robert E. Waters, 1637: The Transylvanian Decision (hardcover, Kindle) picks up where Flint’s 2020 novel 1637: The Polish Maelstrom left off. In the following email interview, Waters discusses both his contributions to Decision, as well as how he feels about his late collaborator, both personally and professionally.

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Exclusive Interview: “Hot Moon” Author Alan Smale

 

As the sci-fi loving son of a grade school science teacher, I’ve long lamented that our missions to the moon ended after only six trips. And no, not just because I’d love to eat a breakfast burrito while hopping along the surface of the moon (as cool as that may be). Well, at least I have fiction to feed my mind; fiction like Alan Smale’s new alt-history sci-fi novel Hot Moon (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook). In the following email interview, Smale discusses what inspired and influenced this space story.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Peacekeeper” Author B.L. Blanchard

 

With a murder taking place in a very different version of our universe, B.L. Blanchard’s new novel The Peacekeeper (paperback, Kindle, audiobook) certainly sounds like an alt-history murder mystery. But as she explains in the following email interview about it, it has more in common with an animated animal movie than any whodunnit .

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Exclusive Interview: Mecha Samurai Empire Author Peter Tieryas

Tell a good story in an interesting place and readers will want to know more. Which was the case two years ago when science fiction writer Peter Tieryas released United States Of Japan, an alternate history sci-fi story in which Japan won World War II. But while his new novel, Mecha Samurai Empire (paperback, Kindle) takes place in the same alt-history universe as U.S.J., Tieryas explains in the following email interview that you need not read the previous novel to understand the new one…and you may even want to read this new one first.