It’s there. And it took it’s time.

Dirk van den Boom - ARRIVALIt took quite some time. It’s now coming, and soon. What was the delay? Technical problems? Laziness on behalf of my publisher? Well, yes, the last part a bit, but it was mainly issues of… taxation. Well.
The novel is now available for pre-order as ebook from amazon.com. A paperback-issue through CreateSpace will be added shortly. Other ebook-distributors as well, amazon.com has been comparatively the easiest. I will keep you updated about developments.
What is the novel about again? It’s alternative history.

„Shortly before the First World War, the German light cruiser Saarbrücken leaves the port of Wilhelmshaven to make its last big journey before being decommissioned. But near Portugal the old ship encounters a mysterious phenomenon, and the crew unexpectedly finds itself in the Mediterranean, 1500 years in the past, at a historical moment: It’s the year 378, the beginning of the end of the Western Roman Empire, the start of Völkerwanderung…the crew of the Saarbrücken decides that to survive they must make friends of the Romans. They had been the Kaiser’s men in the 20th century, and now, in the past, another emperor might need their services…“

If you like to use amazon.com, pre-order here:

https://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Men-1-Arrival…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

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Update

Everything is ready, everything is done.

Only the publisher has some issues fixing the dollar-pricetag from a German amazon-account. It seems to be a challenge, which, hopefully, will be overcome in short time.

In the meanwhile, look at the newest German installment of the series:

Dirk van den Boom - Kaiserkrieger 8 - Stürmische Himmelklein

What’s new?

Well, christmas is coming.

But that’s not so important. More important: Where is „Arrival“, the first of the translated books in the EM-series? It’s almost there. First thing in the new year, the publisher said. Keep my fingers crossed.

And for everyone, a nice and peaceful christmas anyway 🙂

Supplemental: Yes, it’s February. Still kind of beginning of the year, isn’t it?

Upcoming: WorldCon in London (LonCon 3)

I’ll be attending the WorldCon in London in August this year and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be on a panel, not in my capacity as a writer, but as a translator:

Understanding Translation

Saturday 19:00 – 20:00

The profile of non-Anglophone science fiction and fantasy seems to be on the rise in the Anglophone world. As a result, there’s also increasing interest in translation: the mechanics of the process, the editorial role of the translator, and so on. In this panel, translators will discuss how they would approach translating some short passages from the work of the convention’s Guests of Honour into another language, and the considerations that apply when going the other way.

I’ll be happy to meet you there!

The Emperor’s Men – Arrival

In autumn 2014, the first book of a six-part alternative-history-series will be published by Atlantis Press as an English translation from the German original. Here’s the cover blurb. The exact date of publication will be announced soon.

Shortly before the First World War, the German light cruiser Saarbrücken leaves the port of Wilhelmshaven to make its last big journey before being decommissioned. But near Portugal the old ship encounters a mysterious phenomenon, and the crew unexpectedly finds itself in the Mediterranean, 1500 years in the past, at a historical moment: It’s the year 378, the beginning of the end of the Western Roman Empire, the start of Völkerwanderung…the crew of the Saarbrücken decides that to survive they must make friends of the Romans. They had been the Kaiser’s men in the 20th century, and now, in the past, another emperor might need their services…

Dirk van den Boom - ARRIVAL

 

(Cover by Timo Kümmel)