Lord Nelson in Spaaaaaace!

by wjw on July 12, 2016

28185061361_6910384483_zToday is the release day for my friend David D. Levine’s first novel, Arabella of Mars.  The story features the Napoleonic Wars fought between planets by a sailing navy, and showcases a young heroine described as “a Patrick O’Brian girl fighting a Jane Austen world.”

David talks more about the book and its concepts over on Scalzi’s blog.

If you’re into swashbuckling, cross dressing heroines, classic interpretations of Mars, and Jules Verne-type scientific romances, this is one you should definitely board, capture, and carry home.

bkd69 July 12, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Have you read David Drake’s Royal Cinnabar Navy books? They’re a deliberate homage to the Aubrey/Maturin novels, in an interstellar empire setting.

John F. MacMichael July 13, 2016 at 3:05 am

That line about “a Patrick O’Brian girl fighting a Jane Austen world.” reminds me: I once heard Patrick O’Brian speak here in Portland (he was on a publicity tour). During the Q & A session after his speech, someone asked him something along the lines of what did he think of women as authors? His answer was “You must remember that, without women, we would have no Jane Austen!”.

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