Synopses & Reviews
A DIFFERENT PAST...
A spray of comets freezes human progress in the 1870s.
A STRANGE PRESENT...
Now the British Empire and All the Russias each rule half the world.
A DANGEROUS FUTURE...
Everyone predicts a showdown-but no one can predict the role that one man, spy and hero, double and triple agent, will play...
In the mid-1870s, civilization froze in time when comets hit the earth. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together. In the 21st century, boats still run on steam, messages are delivered by telegraph, and the British Empire controls much of the world from its capital in Delhi. The other major world power is the Czar of Russia who is preparing for global conquest.
"There's intrigue, romance, gripping drama, and fantastic military action all tied together by a seamlessly constructed timeline." KLIATT
"Stirling's impeccable research infuses both plot and characters with depth and verisimilitude, creating a tale of high adventure, romance, and intrigue." Library Journal
“A wonderfully evocative adventure, told by an absolute master.”—Mike Resnick
“Stirling set up his world superbly….It has color, vibrancy, and boldness.”—Santa Fe New Mexican
“An irresistible read.”—Booklist
“A remarkable alternate history.”—Library Journal
“Splendidly detailed world building…with state-of-the-art-action.”—Roland Green
“Aimed at readers who thrill to King, Empire, and the fluttering Union Jack…a nifty premise.”—Publishers Weekly
S.M. Stirling's acclaimed hardcover debut-and a top ten Locus bestseller for two months-The Peshawar Lancers takes readers to an alternate 21st century earth, where boats still run on steam, messages are exchanged by telegraph, and the British Empire controls much of the world from India. But the Czar of all Russias is preparing for global conquest...
In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the worlds climate forever. And just as Earths temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together….
In the twenty-first century, boats still run on steam, messages arrive by telegraph, and the British Empire, with its capital now in Delhi, controls much of the world. The other major world leader is the Czar of All the Russias. Everyone predicts an eventual, deadly showdown. But no one can predict the role that one man, Captain Athelstane King, reluctant spy and hero, will play….
About the Author
S. M. Stirling is the author of numerous novels, both on his own and in collaboration. A former lawyer and an amateur historian, he lives in the Southwest with his wife, Jan.