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What if King Harold had Prevented the Norman Conquest: After Hastings by Steven H Silver

Sunday, July 12th, 2020 | Posted by John ONeill

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Cover designed by Laura Givens

Steven H Silver is one of Black Gate‘s most prolific contributors. He produced many reviews for the print magazines, sold me the terrific short story “The Cremator’s Tale” back in 2013, and has written an astonishing 471 articles for the blog.

Steven’s many accomplishments don’t end with Black Gate, however. He’s an acclaimed editor, co-editing three DAW anthologies with Martin H. Greenberg (Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings), and the two volume Selected Stories of Lester del Rey for NESFA Press. His most recent anthology is Alternate Peace (June 2019), co-edited with Joshua Palmatier. From 2004-2012 he was the publisher and editor of ISFiC Press, and his annual fanzine Argentus has been nominated for the Hugo Award multiple times. In fact Steven has received 17 Hugo nominations over the years.

Last week Steven’s writing career entered an exciting new phase with the publication of his long-awaited debut novel After Hastings, a masterfully constructed alternate history from one of the field’s true experts. I asked Steven to say a few words about it for BG readers, and this is what he shared:

After Hastings is an exploration of a world in which King Harold of England successfully beats back the Norman Conquest but finds himself facing other enemies, both domestic and foreign, leading him to jump start the reformation four hundred years early.

After Hastings was published by Ring of Fire Press on July 10, 2020. It is 347 pages, priced at $15.99 in paperback and $5.99 in digital formats. The cover was designed by Laura Givens. Order copies here.

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4 Comments »

  1. Thanks John. I’ve also created a website to provide readers with additional background material at http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/afterhastings.html

    And I’ll be doing a live reading via Zoom on July 15 at 7:30 pm CT.

    Comment by Steven H Silver - July 13, 2020 7:14 am

  2. Sounds great. Thanks Steven!

    Comment by John ONeill - July 13, 2020 11:54 am

  3. I look forward to reading this. To be honest I really haven’t spent much time reading on that period. The one What If essays I read mentioned that Harold had just beaten off another invasion to the North (I think) and boyoued by his success rushed off to take on William, whose army was far inferior to the one they had just destroyed. They postulated that had Harold simply backed off, taken a rest and given his strung out army time to regroup they could easily have carried the day, unfortunate critical hit by Norman Bowman notwithstanding.

    Backdrop to one of my favourite classics, Ivanhoe.

    Congratulations Steven!

    Comment by Tony Den - July 13, 2020 2:23 pm

  4. Tony, Yes, Harold fought off an invasion in Yorkshire led by Harald Hardraada and Harold’s own brother, Tostig a few weeks before the Battle of Hastings.

    The problem was that he could only keep the levies (troops) for a limited period of time and had already kept them called up for several months in anticipation of the invasions, so he had to release them men. As he rode from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, he was constantly losing some men and gaining others.

    Comment by Steven H Silver - July 13, 2020 9:41 pm


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