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Three authors – two worlds – one adventure
Set in the Age of Discovery, when tall ships sailed the world and brought tall tales home with them, ARCHIPELAGO tells the tallest tale of all: that beyond the seven seas lies an endless ocean under unfamiliar stars, scattered with islands whose treasures are unguessed at. Three groups set out to make this whole new world their own. Here’s what they find:
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It is 1610, and a surprise attack by privateers — that is, authorized pirates — on a Spanish treasure fleet promises to win riches for the English crown. Yet crisis springs from triumph when a magical portal opens on the surface of the Caribbean ocean, sweeping both sides into deadly unknown waters. What the survivors find first threatens to destroy them, then promises to provide everything they could desire — but it can’t be both!
Meanwhile, far to the north, a very different group of survivors start a long journey home to England. Their disasterous first attempt to colonize the New World descended into ruin, death, and worse — yet their rescue has barely begun when a second portal opens, revealing a glimpse of not just a new world, but another one. A brave few lead the way across, some seeking to leave the grim past behind, others desperately searching for what they lost in it.
Yet unknown to both these groups, our two worlds were already connected. Ten years earlier, the first portal opened off the East African coast in the harbour of Mogadishu, capital city of a powerful Suldaan. One man travelled through at his master’s command, and returned with tales of limitless seas and countless islands, terrible monsters, and magics that could protect the Suldaan’s territories from any invader. It was he who gave the place its name…
A serial adventure launched on Kickstarter and published on Patreon, now appearing for the first time in a single volume, ARCHIPELAGO is a collaborative alternate-history novel by Charlotte Ashley, Andrew Leon Hudson, and Kurt Hunt:
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Andrew Leon Hudson is an English genre author resident in Barcelona, Spain, where he’s waiting for the world to end. His fiction has appeared in Triangulation, Metaphorosis, and Mythaxis, his poetry in scifaikuest and Darkling’s Beasts and Brews, and he co-edits the annual SFFWorld.com anthologies. He blogs at AndrewLeonHudson.wordpress.com and, rarely, tweets as @AndLeoHud. Anything else you’ve heard is speculation at best.
Charlotte Ashley is a writer and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada. Her short fiction appears in a number of anthologies and magazines, including F&SF, PodCastle, and the Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017. She has been nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards and once performed a story from the equipment of a CrossFit gym. You can find more about her at Once-and-Future.com or on Twitter @CharlotteAshley
Kurt Hunt was formed in the swamps and abandoned gravel pits of post-industrial Michigan. He is, in no particular order, a father, a husband, a human, and a daydreamer. Sometimes he writes things, but usually he doesn’t. His short fiction has been published at Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PodCastle, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and more. He isn’t into social media, so don’t go looking…
At the dawn of the Age of Discovery, three portals break open to a mysterious alien world. Three nations take the first bold voyages through the portals, changing the course of history as we know it.
On the other side, thousands of island chains hide ancient ruins, sophisticated artifacts and complex messages from a long-dead civilization, now reclaimed by the land, the sea, and the huge creatures that have come to dominate the ocean planet.
This is a world that rewards the brave, the reckless, and the ambitious. Those who cross through the portals and stake their claims on this new world can reach out and claim wealth, fame, and power — if they don’t get killed…
Welcome to the ARCHIPELAGO.
Archipelago is available as both an ebook and paperback. The ebook version is priced at $4.99 — click here to buy a copy now!
what people are saying about archipelago
“Here there be monsters – and alien artifacts, fantastic ships, long-dead civilizations, stormy seas, secretive islands, and rollicking adventures galore. Part epic fantasy, part alternate history, the Archipelago both entertains and intrigues.”– Rati Mehrotra, author of MARKSWOMAN
“These intertwined adventures turn and roll toward a horizon most of us have only seen in dreams… The writers have created a world that’s grounded in history, full of gripping action and most of all, a lot of fun. I found myself utterly captivated and never quite sure of what might happen next.”– Kate Heartfield, Nebula-nominated author of ARMED IN HER FASHION and ALICE PAYNE
“First there was the Weird Tale, which hit the mark. Then there was the Weird Western, which hit the mark for many, but not all. Now there is the Weird Sea. Even if you are not a huge fan of nautical adventure, the very weirdness of the world and compelling stories should make this something well worth looking into.”– Tony Den, BlackGate.com
“Imagine a blend of Moby Dick, Pirates of the Caribbean, Master & Commander and Game of Thrones — with Lovecraftian monsters lurking beneath the surface!”– Christina Vasilevski, Books and Tea