To quote from my acknowledgments page... "Twelve years ago I sat down to write a story about murder, mathematics, and time. One story soon turned into three, with the hope of someday writing the fourth and final chapter of this braided tale."
Today is the day! The Time Roads is out in the world. Fly, little book! Fly!
So what is The Time Roads about? It's an alternate history, set in the early 20th century, in a world where Éire (Ireland) is an empire, and England one of its dependencies. It's also a world where scientists are investigating a phenomenon called time fractures, which they hope to exploit to travel through time.
It's also not a novel, exactly. It's a book with four stand-alone novellas, which link together to tell the larger story of time and Éire's entry into the modern age. Three of those novellas have been published over the past seven years. A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange
appeared in Asimov's (June, 2006). The Golden Octopus
was published in Postscripts Magazine (September, 2008), and was later reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2009. Ars Memoriae
came out in hardcover from PS Publishing (December, 2009). The Time Roads
is original to this book.
Someone asked me recently if I planned to write more stories in this world. Last year, my answer would have been a definite no. I'm done with these characters. I told the story I wanted to tell. Éire has survived and entered the modern age. What else is left to say?
A few weeks ago, however, I caught a glimpse of a new character and the possibility of a new set of stories set several decades after The Time Roads. So now my answer is maybe. :)