The Five Star Republic

The Five Star Republic

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"Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents...Inventive and absorbing alternate history." -Nancy Kress
The date is 1854. The place is the Australian goldfields in the British colony of Victoria-the richest prize on earth. The story begins with a stockade. The flag of independence is unfurled. Men driven beyond endurance take arms against British redcoats. At their forefront are two hundred Colt-wielding Americans, the California Rangers, led by the charismatic and idealistic Captain James McGill.
The stockade falls. The Rangers are scattered. But from the ashes will rise a new revolution-a revolution powered by the sun. And this one will not fail.
In the 19th century, just how close did we come to a world run on solar power? The Five Star Republic is history with a twist, the story of a world that might easily have been-the future you'll wish we'd had.
"Original and alternate history imbued with hope and promise." -Pamela Sargent
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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 34mm | 778g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 1922556149
  • 9781922556141
  • 934,074

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Harry Turtledove fans are in for a treat.. - Publisher Weekly (US) The Five Star Republic is an absorbing adventure that provokes thoughts of what-might-have-been along with glimpses of a future that might still be achievable in our time. With their direct, lucid prose and painstaking research, Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice have given us the beginning of what promises to be a major trilogy as well as an alternate history imbued with hope and promise rather than regret. Pamela Sargent Multigenerational, sweeping across three continents, a rich and multinational cast of characters compete for gold, love, independence, and a surprising scientific development that changes everything. Inventive and absorbing alternate history. Nancy Kress A visionary novel of a world that might have been...promises to be one of the major SF books of the year. Lee Harding Enthralling...a page builds a credible picture of how solar might have trumped oil. Scientifically accurate and full of political intrigue, The Five Star Republic is the compelling account of a lost opportunity that might have been. Rob Gerrand The authors have woven historical and fictional characters into the rich and glittering life of Nineteenth Century Melbourne, justifiably known at the time as the Paris of the South. The clothes, weapons, furniture, buildings, social conventions, manners and language have been researched meticulously. Imagine Anthony Trollope setting his Palliser novels in Victoria, and you have the idea... Sean McMullen The nineteenth century voice is pitch perfect. This alternate history is a triumph!" Dena Bain Taylor "An epic work in every possible way! This alternate history takes what we know, remember and imagine and sets us on a path toward the growth of what might have been: The Five Star Republics 19th century problems, opportunities, successes and reversals point to what could have been a very different technological futurepowered by the sunand one which could still be within our grasp. Literary historians Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice have delivered a powerful fable that will resonate with readers all over the globe. Venero Armanno
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About Janeen Webb

Janeen Webb is a multiple award-winning author, editor and critic who has written or edited a dozen books and over a hundred essays and stories. She is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Peter MacNamara SF Achievement Award, the Australian Aurealis Award and four Ditmar Awards. Her most recent novel is The Gold-Jade Dragon (PS Publishing, UK, 2021). She has taught at various universities, is internationally recognised for her critical work in speculative fiction, and has contributed to most of the standard reference texts in the field. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Newcastle, NSW. She has lived in numerous countries, and currently divides her time between Melbourne and a small farm overlooking the sea near Wilson's Promontory. Andrew Enstice won the Bridport Prize for poetry at the age of nineteen. He was awarded a scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduating MA, and holds a PhD from Exeter University. His first book, Landscapes of the Mind (Macmillan, UK) remains the definitive study of Thomas Hardy's literary landscape in his Wessex books. He swapped the academic world for life as a scriptwriter and producer with Granada Television in Manchester, UK. He lived for a while in the mountains of Northern Italy, hiked in Sumatra and northern Thailand, and travelled round Australia before settling in Melbourne, where he taught in various universities.He now lives in rural Victoria. He has written and directed for the theatre - his play about the nineteenth century gold rush, Crossing the River, premiered in Melbourne. He has published numerous works, quite a few with Janeen Webb
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