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  • Release Date: Sep 02, 2014
  • Pages: 432
  • ISBN: 9780451417336

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The Golden Princess
A Novel of the Change

First novel of a new “Emberverse”/”The Change” series.

It’s Change Year 46, two generations after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn’t survive.
The children born after the Change and their children are again battling against powers that are not sympathetic to humans and human concerns.


Thanks to my friends who are also first readers:

Thanks to Kier Salmon, unindicted co-conspirator, who has been my advisor and helper on the books of the Change since the first.

To Steve Brady, for assistance with dialects and British background, and also natural history of all sorts. Also for showing us around Stonehenge and Avebury!

Pete Sartucci, knowledgeable in many aspects of Western geography and ecology.

To Diana L. Paxson, for help and advice, 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; and her “Essential Asatru” and recommendation of “Our Troth” were extremely helpful… and fascinating reading. The appearance of the name Westria in the book is no coincidence whatsoever.

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

To John Birmingham, for local expertise and permission.

To: Walter Jon Williams, John Miller, Vic Milan, Jan Stirling, Matt Reiten, Lauren Teffeau, and Ian Tregellis of Critical Mass, for constant help and advice as the book was under construction.

Thanks to John Miller, good friend, writer and scholar, for many useful discussions, for loaning me some great books, and for some really, really cool old movies.

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.

Thanks again 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 Heather Dale for permission to quote the lyrics of her songs, whose beautiful (and strangely appropriate!) music can be found at, and is highly recommended. The lyrics are wonderful and the tunes make it even better.

To S.J. Tucker for permission to use the lyrics of her beautiful songs, which can be found at, and should be.

And to Lael Whitehead of Jaiya,, for permission to quote the lyrics of her beautiful songs.

Thanks as well to Stephen Stills, for permission to quote from Southern Cross, written by Stephen Stills (Gold Hills Music).

To Chris Hinkle, for help with Japanese idiom.

Thanks again to Russell Galen, my agent, who has been an invaluable help and friend for a decade now, and never more than in these difficult times.

All mistakes, infelicities and errors are of course my own.


To Jan, forever

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