by Eric Flint
novella #6 in the Stellar Guild series (2014)
Welcome to Mars…circa 1900. A steampunk alternate universe, one in which space travel has been established with aether ships using Tesla’s coil. Mars is inhabited by a civilization in decline, perfect for exploitation for the likes of Cecil Rhodes.
In this timeline, the British Empire is ruled by thugs and Rhodes is the most powerful man on two planets. Cecil Rhodes rules Mars and is on his way to transforming the British Empire into his vision of a powerful force, managed by the “right” type of people.
But what of Savinkov…presumably on board the British aethership Agincourttravelingng from Earth to Mars? Savinkov is a legendary revolutionary and assassin and, with Russian secret agents hot on his heels, is reputedly planning something truly dramatic and Mars-shattering.