See, here’s the thing. You don’t want to get into a drinking game with David Constantine AKA David J. Williams. Not unless you want to have guest posts like this one on your site 🙂 Dave’s got a new book coming out, and he’s itching to tell you about it. Take it away, Dave!
Thanks a ton to Myke for the platform! He and I met at Balticon a couple of years back, and proceeded to battle in a legendary six-hour drinking contest that fortunately never made it onto Youtube. I seem to remember we tied for first, but don’t hold me to that.
But yeah, about my book….
THE PILLARS OF HERCULES is what happens when you cross steampunk with Alexander the Great. Because, after all, steampunk is way too cool to be left to the stodgy Victorians….
Particularly given how much steampunk was in the ancient world to begin with. Many people don’t realize that the steam engine itself was invented in the first century by Heron of Alexandria, only to never be put to practical use. Or that an ancient shipwreck discovered in 1901 contained a device called the Antikythera that has been called the world’s first analog computer. io9 had a cool article on this kind of tech last year, and for PILLARS I amped all of that up, as the empires of Athens and Macedonia lock horns in the ultimate conflict. Athens has an invincible navy, but Macedonia possesses the ultimate army, led by Alexander himself.
Yet there are those who whisper that the war of Athens and Macedonia is merely the surface layer of a far deeper conflict… that Alexander’s real objective in the West lies far beyond the Pillars of Hercules, past the gateway to the Outer Ocean, where an oracle has said the rumored remnants of Atlantis can be found. That same oracle has also told Alexander that he is the son of Zeus, king of the gods, and the living incarnation of Hercules. Now at last he has the means to bring that prophecy to life. And all that stands in his way are an unlikely band of fugitives: a Gaulish barbarian, a cynical Greek archer, a Persian princess, and the daughter of the sorceror-scientist known as Aristotle….
More about the imagined world of 330 BC at www.thepillarsofhercules.com.