We’ve been busy at Ring of Fire Press! Here are a few of the latest books we’ve published and a look at some forthcoming books.
In Mark Huston’s Up-Time Pride and Down-Time Prejudice a young up-time woman battles the Fugger for her own soul. Set in the Ring of Fire universe, this is the story of Mary Russo, freshly graduated from Grantville high school. She has been hired by one of the wealthiest families of the seventeenth century, and now finds herself in a world very different from the West Virginia she once knew—a gilded world of intrigue, love, and death.
In the Year of our Lord 1633, Mary Margret Russo graduates from Grantville High School at the top of her class. The beautiful and strong-willed up-timer, as the people from the future are called, is mysteriously hired by a branch of the wealthiest family in the world. Mary finds herself far from her family, living in a beautiful castle in the Inn Valley of Tyrol. There she meets counts, countesses, the handsome and distant Count Johann Franz, and works hard as a teacher and consultant among the one-percenters of the day.
But all is not what it seems in this gilded world, where religion, undercurrents of witchcraft, and vast sums of money create high-stakes contests, and where treachery and death await the unwary or the unprepared.
Can a resolute and intelligent girl find love, happiness, and purpose in this world where she is the ultimate outsider, out of her time, alone, and in dangers she cannot comprehend?
Using archetypes, occasional dialog, and story beats from Jane Austen, Up-Time Pride and Down-Time Prejudice tells the story of Mary Russo, Count Johann Franz Fugger, and Mary’s journey of maturation, knowledge, and love in this 1632 adventure.
In the North American territory granted to the Tsar by treaty, his servants and soldiers build a settlement, Saint Helena, that grows to be the great city by the Golden Gate Bay. Adventurers of all kinds pass through or take up residence, winning and losing fortunes against the backdrop of the Great Game between mighty empires. Walter H. Hunt shows us what might have been.
Gregori Andreivich Gyazin is a distant relative of the Tsar of all the Russias. He is also the Governor-General of Novaya Rossiya, the Tsar’s huge colony stretching from the wind-swept Aleutian islands to the southern reaches of Alta California. From the colonial capital in Saint Helena, the city by the Golden Gate Bay, he must confront encroachments of the French and British empires in North America. To make things still worse, he also has to deal with the schemes and intrigues of the Tsar’s own agents and spies. With friends like this, who needs enemies?
City By The Bay tells the story of Saint Helena from the time of its founding in 1816 to its eventual fate after the disastrous 1906 earthquake—nearly a century, most of which Prince Gregori witnesses. Robber barons, soldiers of fortune, tale-spinners, prophets, and native shamans—people of all kinds pass through Saint Helena or take up residence, winning and losing fortunes in a world where revolutions never took place.
The adventures of two young women in worlds very different from our own. Worlds in which the laws of nature have changed—but human behavior hasn’t. Worlds in which travel to the planets is much less dangerous than the people aboard the ships that make those voyages.
It was difficult enough for the young women from the Pilot’s Academy to fit into the male world of the Royal Navy but, as a new graduate, Sarah Brown expected to be put on the Luna-London shuttle. Instead, she had to guide one of Queen Mary’s warships across the vast distances between the stars for Captain Fitzwilliam—into the very jaws of Hell. Starships, spirit guides, black magic, and the problem of the correct sequence of cutlery usage in the Officer’s Mess.
When Captain Fitzwilliam rescued Sarah from the Exorcists, she discovered he had an ulterior motive, apart from the usual. The Prussian Secret Police had a secret laboratory on Venus experimenting with a spirit-warped disease and Naval Intelligence needed someone to pilot a secret high-tech flying machine straight into the clouds of Venus. And guess who Fitzwilliam had chosen for the task? An aggressive spirit of a Roman soldier, a love-sick flying reptile, and a fence charged with black magic are merely the start of Sarah’s problems.
In the Matter of Savinkov
Fourteen-year-old Charlotte Luff is excited by her trip to Mars in the company of her admirable father and annoying little brother. But excitement turns into concern and then terror as she discovers herself drawn into the savage secret wars between the Tsar’s secret police, the Okhrana, Russian revolutionary assassins, and Martians with motives of their own.
The Ring of Fire that transported the West Virginia town of Grantville into the middle of the seventeenth century’s Thirty Years War brought more than three thousand people with it. Some were capable, some weren’t; some were wise; others were foolish; some adapted to their new life, others didn’t.
And then there was Jimmy Dick. Starting with a blinding flash of light, the Ring of Fire transported the town of Grantville, West Virginia, through time and space into the middle of the Thirty Years War. Now stranded in the brutal world of the seventeenth century, the lives of Grantville’s residents rocketed off on strange trajectories. Some became wealthy, selling their skills and priceless objects from the future. Others became powerful and influential figures in Europe’s tangled and treacherous politics. Still others became renowned for their knowledge and learning. And some, of course, stayed poor and didn’t play much of a role in anything.
Then . . . there was Jimmy Dick. Born James Richard Shaver, Jimmy Dick was a well-known figure in Grantville. Depending on whose opinion you asked, he was a shrewd fellow—even a wise one—who was a thorn in the side of people who were self-important and pompous. Or he was just a jerk; a jackass; an embarrassment to the town.
His nickname started out as “Jimmy the Dick” or “Dick Head.” Right after the Ring of Fire, the Germans of the seventeenth century started calling him Herr Head.
This is his story.
Candidia Smith-Foster is still as adorable and deadly as she was in Emergence. Now she deals with Neo-Nazis in the post-apocalyptic world she found when she Emerged from the bunker her dad left for her. Meet Candidia Smith-Foster, Homo post hominem, the next step in Mankind’s evolution. She’s an eleven-year-old genius with a Black Belt, and last summer she saved all that remained of her struggling new branch of humanity. Since then she’s been training under an ex-Mossad assassin. She’s just learned who’s been holding her Daddy and now she knows where they are. . . .
In David Palmer’s long awaited sequel to Emergence, Kid Genius Candidia Smith Foster kicks ass from California to the Russian heartland, where evil Nazi wannabes plot the destruction of all that is good and decent.
Tom Easton, Reviewer Emeritus,
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Author of Sparrowhawk
Nearly 30 years ago, David R. Palmer’s startlingly Heinleinesque debut novel created an action adventure protagonist who made Die Hard’s John McClane look like a wimp amateur . . . At last she’s back, still 11, still adorable, still sudden death with both hands, and this time she’s in real trouble. With even higher stakes.
co-author, with Robert A. Heinlein, of VARIABLE STAR
Candy is one of the most memorable people I’ve ever known, on or off the printed page, and David R. Palmer one of the most engaging and skillful storytellers.
Author of The Coming Convergence, Editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact
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