1901

“The ‘Dune’ of steampunk novels.” — John Gray, creator of TV’s Ghost Whisperer “Gerry O’Brien’s 1901 is an exciting read, filled with fascinating characters (many of them drawn from history), plot twists, and incredible inventions in the best steampunk style.” — Ben Bova, six-time Hugo Award winner “A steampunk fever dream that will entertain readers … will enrapture history fans and sci-fi buffs … the sprawling cast of characters contains a number of compelling, powerful women who not only participate in society, but control it.” — Kirkus Reviews

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1901 is Dune set in a Victorian-era universe. There is no Brooklyn Bridge, no District of Columbia. Custer lives. People travel from London to New York by underwater railway. TeslaVision sets are increasingly popular, bringing live entertainment into the living room. Mexico is about to become America’s 52nd state. And airships fill the skies.
 
Hours after being inaugurated, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt rescues the president’s personal secretary from an attack by mechanical men. Before slipping into a coma, the secretary whispers to Roosevelt: “You can’t trust McKinley. They got to him.”
 
Roosevelt’s main suspect, former president George Custer, quickly inserts himself into the life of TR’s daughter, Alice, as she becomes the face of female suffrage.
 
Aided by British spy Sidney Reilly (the real-life inspiration for James Bond), Roosevelt battles the powerful leaders of America’s technological elite—and his own government—to prevent more robot attacks.
 
Meanwhile, Alice Roosevelt and suffrage leaders face a looming constitutional deadline to win votes for women. TR and his allies race from Washington, to the ocean floor, to what will become Area 51, as the conspiracy unfolds and more die … or are horribly changed forever.
 
To learn more or read the first chapter, visit my book website at www.1901robotfighter.com.
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