Alternate History

Rucksack Universe update: Novel leads to short story

When your main character is ten thousand years old, sometimes one story can point you to another that you have to do up too. While underway on drafting Wet, the seventh Rucksack Universe book, I had to veer onto a wee tangent for a bit. Wet deals with something from Rucksack’s past that comes to … Read More

Rucksack Universe update: The Roving Fiddler

While at fiddle camp, I wasn’t working overall, but I continued to write every day. I also wanted to try out a slightly different project. I wanted to figure out a short story that might go with the fiddle camp, but also work in the Rucksack Universe. So I figured out a story about Aisling, … Read More

Announcing the release date for WANDER, the next Rucksack Universe novel

The new can’t-miss Rucksack Universe prequel novel Oct. 16, 1834 The explosion that comes to be known as The Blast burns across Ireland and England. The fires alter the course of history. A new era begins: “AB” or, “After Blast.” Oct. 19, 1834 After failing at his most crucial moment, a burned and broken hero … Read More

Rucksack Universe update: Wander nearly ready, new manuscript underway

Last week I did something I’m so excited to tell you about. I signed off on the copy-edited manuscript of Wander. Yup. That’s right. My copy editor and I had some final discussion about a few points, I made some last tweaks and polishes, then told him we were good to go. What’s next? I’m … Read More

Sneak peek of Wander, the next Rucksack Universe book

“How did you know it was my birthday?” asked Wander. Sitting behind his desk at the front of the hostel, the elderly proprietor looked up from his computer and smiled. “Your passport,” he replied. “Twenty. A wonderful year. A time when many things may change.” Wander smiled back. The past five years had been nothing … Read More

Free Rucksack Universe Fiction: Stars in your beer

From The Lost & Found Travels of BS Trotter Originally published in London Rising Okay, we all know that after a couple of pints you can, well, see things. But for Londoners they were not expecting to see strange things in their beer. I want to make a distinction here: they are seeing strange things … Read More

Free Rucksack Universe Fiction: Brewing School Launches in London

From The Lost & Found Travels of BS Trotter Originally published in London Rising BrewSchool has opened in London, England. Focused on “brewing brewers,” the teaching operation will train prospective professional brewers in all aspects of the beer industry. Areas of training include developing recipes; the brewing process; equipment selection, ordering, installation, and maintenance; finances … Read More

Rucksack Universe - New Guidebook Shows the Real Independent Scotland - BS Trotter

New Guidebook Shows the Real Independent Scotland

A FREE Rucksack Universe Short Story Rucksack Universe Short Stories are available for free at anthonystclair.com. They may or may not be canonical, and may or may not be as polished as other stories. Enjoy. Like what you see here? Visit the Rucksack Universe for available books in the ongoing series. Originally published in London … Read More

It’s here! THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY, out now

It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m so, so thrilled to tell you that, at long last, The Lotus and the Barley, the fourth Rucksack Universe adventure, is out now in e-book and paperback! Readers are saying they were “totally blown away” and were “surprised and delighted at every page.” You can get your copy now, … Read More

The old man: the final sneak peek of THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY

Today is the final sneak peek of THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY! I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride—and remember, we’re only a few days away from the release of the fourth Rucksack Universe adventure… THE LOTUS AND THE BARLEY comes out June 16. Preorder today from: The book will also be available in trade paperback. … Read More

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