11 Feb, 2012
Well the answer to that question and many more will be answered in the The Company of the Dead by David J. Kowalski an upcoming novel from Titan Books.
Hearing about the novel I was reminded of the first ever episode of the Time Tunnel (raise your hand if you remember that brilliant show) anyway the pilot episode centred on the two time traveling scientists trapped on the Titanic. I always used to wonder what would have happened if they had managed to somehow save the ship and alter time. According to the blurb saving the ship changes the timeline drastically creating a new world order and redrawing the map of the world.
So if alternate history is your thing then The Company of the Dead might be worth a look see when it comes out in March.
The Company of the Dead
Set to launch on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic
“Lovers of the speculative-history genre will find The Company of the Dead rip-roaring.” —The Herald Sun (Melbourne)
The magnificent alternate history The Company of the Dead [Titan Books, £8.99 March 2012] is set against the backdrop of the greatest maritime disaster the world has ever known – the sinking of the Titanic.
In his debut novel, David Kowalski delivers a thrilling combination of action, adventure, and high-concept conspiracies linking events as disparate as the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of J.F.K that play themselves out in dark and unforeseen ways.
The journey begins with a mysterious man aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. His mission? To save the ship. The result of his efforts is a world where the United States never entered World War I, thus launching the secret history of the 20th Century. Fast-forward to April 2012 and Joseph Kennedy, relation of John F. Kennedy, lives in an America occupied on the East Coast by Greater Germany and on the West Coast by Imperial Japan. He is one of six people who can restore history to its rightful order – even though it may mean his own death.
The Company of the Dead, previously published exclusively in Australia, won the 2007 Aurealis Award – Australia’s equivalent of the Hugos and the World Fantasy Awards (combined) – both for Best Novel and Best Science Fiction Novel.
“Masterful entertainment, as thematically complex as its plot.”—Sydney Morning Herald
“This novel is imaginative, monolithic, action-packed, and induces some head scratching as is traditional with time-travel stories. The reader will not be disappointed.” —Bookseller and Publisher Magazine
DAVID KOWALSKI is a medical practitioner working in Sydney, Australia. He has been published in professional medical journals but this is his first work of fiction. When he isn’t delivering other people’s babies, or raising his own, he is working on his next novel.
GS Reporter: Nuge
Source: Titan Books