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  • Release Date: Sep 02, 2008
  • Pages: 528
  • ISBN: 978-0451462664

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The Scourge of God

It’s Change Year 23, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn’t survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage—and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has set out to travel to Nantucket across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.


Thanks to my friends who are also first readers:

To Steve Brady, for assistance with dialects and British background, and also with bugs, birds and plants.

Thanks also to Kier Salmon, for once again helping with the beautiful complexities of the Old Religion, and with local details for Oregon. And for the use of BD!

To Diana L. Paxson, for help and advice, for insights into a certain Person, and for writing the beautiful ‘Westria’ books, among many others. If you liked the Change novels, you’ll probably enjoy the hell out of the Westria books—I certainly did, and they were one of the inspirations for this series.

To Dale Price, help with Catholic organization, theology and praxis.

To Brenda Sutton, for multitudinous advice.

To Matt Miller, for answering questions about the lovely Silver Creek area of Idaho, which he has helped to preserve.

To Melinda Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham (loved that suggestion about cues!), Emily Mah, Terry England, George R.R. Martin, Walter Jon Williams, Jan Stirling and Ian Tregellis of Critical Mass, for constant help and advice as the book was under construction.

Special thanks to Heather Alexander, bard and balladeer, for permission to use the lyrics from her beautiful songs which can be—and should be!—ordered at Run, do not walk, to do so.

Special thanks to Kate West, for her kind words and permission to use her chants.

Special thanks also—I have an infinite fund of them—to William Pint and Felicia Dale, for permission to use their music, which can be found at and should be, for anyone with an ear and salt-water in their veins.

And to Three Weird Sisters—Gwen Knighton, Mary Crowell, Brenda Sutton, and Teresa Powell—whose alternately funny and beautiful music can be found at

And to Talbot Mundy, with apologies for making him a CUT saint and the villains Theosophists, and with thanks for inspiration—I think he’d be amused at the homage to Ringding Gelong Lama Tsiang Samdup.

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