20th July – Imperial Crisis – James Philip
The American Revolution failed; the Continental Army was destroyed at the Battle of Long Island in 1776 and ever since, New England has been the great engine and on occasions, arsenal of the British Empire.
The question is: is the Empire on which, literally, the Sun never sets which rules rather more than a quarter of the globe and well over a billion people, beginning to creak at the seams?
The Forces of the Triple Alliance led by the wily Felipe Santa Anna have conquered tens of thousands of square miles of the South West, and driven the supposedly invincible Royal Navy out of the Gulf of Spain and the Caribbean.
There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling, within and without the colonies of the New World. In a world of Empires, other pretenders sense opportunities, weaknesses and the machinery of geopolitical realpolitik begins to turn faster.
New England is stirring but will it unite behind the Crown or will other agendas, other tensions, other ancient fissures in the patina of Imperial power fracture first?
And wither travels the destiny of the veteran Texan cavalryman George Nathaniel Washington, the one New Englander capable of peering into Santa Anna’s mind?
New England Book Six
21st July 2020 – Axiom’s End – Lindsay Ellis
An alternate history first contact adventure set in the early 2000’s, pitched as Arrival meets The Three-Body Problem, by video essayist Lindsay Ellis.
By the fall of 2007, one well-timed leak revealing that the U.S. government might have engaged in first contact has sent the country into turmoil, and it is all Cora Sabino can do to avoid the whole mess. The force driving this controversy is Cora’s whistleblower father, and even though she hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government – and redirected it to her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him – until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.
To save her own life, she offers her services as an interpreter to a monster, and the monster accepts.
Learning the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to find the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. But in becoming an interpreter, she begins to realize that she has become the voice for a being she cannot ever truly know or understand, and starts to question who she’s speaking for – and what future she’s setting up for all of humanity.
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