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The Change. Coming next June

Posted October 30, 2014 into Books by John Birmingham

The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth (Change Series)

As many of my own books as I have coming out next year (hint: heaps) this anthology set in Steve's Emberverse is one I'm looking forward to most of all.

It's a double alternate history, a crossover of sorts with The Disappearance. You'll get to spend a little time again with Fifi, Jules and Pete as they raid the tomb city of Sydney. It's not a short story. I think the final version logged in at about 18 000 words, close enough to most writers idea of an ebook as makes no difference. And it was hella fun to write.

Thing I'm most looking forward to though is deep diving into all the other stories. I love the Emberverse series and there's some awesome word wranglers playing in it here.

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Pete steered them carefully through the sunken and half-sunken vessels that still lay about Farm Cove. The largest was a paddle steamer, a floating restaurant she supposed, that had gone down in front of the old governor’s residence. Tiny waves lapped at the paddles halfway up the giant wooden wheel and slowly poured through the broken windows on the second deck. Only the upper third was completely free of inundation and she watched it closely for signs of movement. As they wove around the abandoned hulls of smaller power craft, their course took them close enough to the flat bottomed steamer to make of them a perfect target, even for rock throwers. The old hulks clinked and creaked in the nor’easter. Magpies and crows cawed and cackled at one another, and somewhere nearby a kookaburra began to laugh. She startled at an enormous black bat that flapped close overhead, its leathery wings sounding just like the whuffling snap of sails in a moderate breeze.
“Bugger me,” she breathed. “This is less fun than the brochure promised.”
“Too late for a refund,” came Pete’s voice softly. “See to the sails, Julesy.”

39 Responses to ‘The Change. Coming next June’

Barnesm reckons...

Posted October 30, 2014

The important question, is Rhino in it. That'll make it sell.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted October 30, 2014
I, Boylan, approve. I feel privileged to be present for the convergence of such ultra coolness.

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Surtac would have you know...

Posted October 30, 2014


June? Fraking June?

Still, Birmo and WoJo both. Yes I'll be buying it. Sigh.

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted October 30, 2014
Looks like a fair amount of my time in 2015 is going to be spent in a number of incarnations of the Birmoverse.

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Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted October 30, 2014
I think I just had some movement....

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Darth Greybeard swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 30, 2014
Is Jules, is good. Books are definitely the go as you get older. Marvel has announced movies for 2018 and 2019 with the Avengers, Thanos and Guardians of the Galaxy tie ins. I can't wait that long!
Also - OT but harking back to an earlier blog - SyFy channel has admitted that making cheap crap was a bad idea and committed to more high quality series, including:
• The Expanse. Series, 10 episodes. Based on the series of books by James S.A. Corey, a thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse
follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened
detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar
system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. No date.
That may have been mentioned here before and I missed the memo or forgot but there you go. Also Clarke's "Childhoods End" with Charles Dance.

John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted October 30, 2014
Yeah. I saw that. Was gonna post something about it.

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Therbs would have you know...

Posted October 30, 2014
That's gonna be some fun page turnin'.

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Rob asserts...

Posted October 30, 2014
sweet, Turtledove and Birmingham ..two people I would liketo have a beer with. I will just have to down a few beers while reading this.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted October 30, 2014
What if you learned from a reliable source that Turtledove (if that is his real name) has a tendency to drone on and on about the Byzantine Empire? Would that change your mind?

Bunyip reckons...

Posted October 30, 2014
Cool. We can stick him next to Bob Ellis.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted October 31, 2014
Hold on now: I meant that as an enticement. I personally cannot discuss Byzantine foreign policy enough. It is endlessly interesting, especially when compared to the longevity of the Byzantine system to that of the Romans.

Bunyip is gonna tell you...

Posted October 31, 2014
PNB, you'll have to pin Ellis in for the other side. It only seems fair (for Bob, at least). I mean, you will have to take one for the team, but I'm sure it will be appreciated.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 31, 2014
Can't I merely have a conversation - perhaps share a little sponge cake, a little wine - with Mr. Turtledove (if that is his real name) and leave Bob out of it? Not that I have anything against Bob, but I have a hunch he doesn't know the Napoleonic Code from the Codex Justinianus (not that there is anything wrong with that).

Rob puts forth...

Posted October 31, 2014
I tend to prattle on about punk rock and hating on contemporary artists, public servants and tattoos. so I'm sure I wouldn't notice much with a few beers inside me.

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NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted October 30, 2014
More Pete can only be a good thing.

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Sparty has opinions thus...

Posted October 30, 2014
This I am looking forward to- Birmo is playing in some good company!


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S.M. Stirling swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 31, 2014
A giant ice statue of Superman appears in one of the stories, a colony of the autistic in another, and there are imperialist Venetian Communists in galleys spewing Greek Fire. And one titled "Bernie, Lord of the Apes". Another with attack chihuahuas and Aztec obsidian cellphones. All sorts of good stuff.

I admit to a special fondness for John's, though. I had missed Pete and Jules and FiFi.

Anthony mutters...

Posted November 1, 2014

I would never make a librarian, I am unable to keep my bookshelves in any sort of order**. As a result I have to trawl through the shelves when I want to find a book. However I just looked up from where I was reading this and realised that next to each other on the shelves are Dies the Fire and Weapons of Choice... Very strange coincidence.


** and I don't have orange fur.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted October 31, 2014
"and there are imperialist Venetian Communists in galleys spewing Greek Fire...."

What a tired cliche.

Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted November 3, 2014
Il compagno, so che sei stanco, ma tenere a remi.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted November 3, 2014
Vaffanculo. Tu non sei il mio capo. Mi fermerò a remi se voglio.

Bunyip asserts...

Posted November 3, 2014
Bene allora. [mangia tutto il tiramisù]

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 3, 2014
Do you have any idea how lucky it is for you that I don't enjoy tiramisu?

Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted November 3, 2014
Dov'e la fermata?

(which I remember because it was the only time I *had* to use Italian in Italy; one result of sticking to the tourist areas)

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted November 3, 2014
Non ci sono autobus. Questo è un paese povero.

Bunyip reckons...

Posted November 3, 2014
Il tuo aliscafo è pieno di anguille.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted November 3, 2014
You've gone too far, buddy. It is time to end this:

Non voglio parlare con te più, è animale mangiatoia tergicristallo testa vuota. I scoreggiare nella vostra direzione generale. Tua madre era un criceto e tuo padre puzzava di elderberries.

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TexasTeaserPony reckons...

Posted November 1, 2014
These guys need to write more and more often.

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Anthony puts forth...

Posted November 1, 2014
And what happened to King Birmo of Darwin?

Darth Greybeard mumbles...

Posted November 1, 2014
(Shhh. Deposed by his son. It involved crocodiles. We don't talk about it.)

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JG ducks in to say...

Posted November 2, 2014
Glad to hear that Fifi is alive and well again in this book. And Jules. Both great characters. Ever seeing Caitlin again? She was my fave (and Rhino) in the Without Warning trilogy.

I don't know how I'm going to read all these new books in 2015. That's four for you, JB, counting the Dave/Monsters series. Jeepers. The pressure's on to read more next year.

JG

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S.M. Stirling reckons...

Posted November 3, 2014
Alas, Caitlin would be SOL without high-tech medicine.

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JG asserts...

Posted November 4, 2014
Caitlin was a noble bearer of pain, S.M.S. A hardcore steely heroine. I look forward to reading your story also in The Change - you being a loyal CBG follower (Burger). I have not yet read any of your work. Congrats on being the editor of what I think will be a most entertaining book.

JG

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted November 5, 2014
Red, I recommend starting with Island in the Sea of Time. That is what I started with and I reread it (and its sequels) at least once a year.

And each time - each time - it leaves me sad it is done and wishing for more sequels.

JG is gonna tell you...

Posted November 5, 2014
Thanks for that, Paul. Noted.
Joanna

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Guy has opinions thus...

Posted November 5, 2014
Liked Jules lots. She's assertive without Caitlin's regretable homicidal tendencies.

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