Steve Stirling has a rockin' little extract from his next new Change novel, The Golden Princess. Four juicey chapters, including one featuring your new overlord, His Awesomeness, King John.
Capital city, Kingdom of Capricornia
(Formerly northern Australia)
May 10th, Change Year 46/2044 A.D.
“Huzzah! Huzzah for King Birmo!”
“Good on you, JB!”
Prince Thomas frowned at the informality: “Cheeky fucking peasants.”
The King of Capricornia snorted at his son as the carriage rumbled slowly through the crowd over pavement that had started out as tarmac and been patched with whatever came to hand over the generations since. He turned a wave to the crowd into a mime of a clout over the ear.
“You were born a peasant, or a bloody commoner at any rate, and don’t forget it, you little prick. The whole fucking realm is only as strong as the lowliest peasant. They carry us all, in the end, the poor bastards. Remember that, and respect the truth of it.”
The King was eighty-two, unbelievably ancient in this new world. There were a couple of hundred thousand people in Capricornia, counting everyone from his family to the ones living on grubs, roos and other assorted bush tucker in the outermost outback down towards Uluru. Out of all of them there probably weren’t more than a dozen older than he was, and most of those had been on remote cattle stations when the Change came and spent the first year comfortably eating the beef they couldn’t sell any more. He’d been in bloody Brisbane, ninety-nine percent of whose population hadn’t survived those twelve months.
The full extracts start here, if you want everything in context. I'm very much looking forward to this new branch of the story. I've been wondering for a long time what happens on our side of the pond, besides, you know, y'all worshipping me. Even that Maddog Lord Havoc.