I don’t think I have ever geeked out harder than when I read Ganymede. From the blurb on the back cover regarding the sunken submersible that had “killed most of the men who’d ever set foot inside of it”, through the Acknowledgments where you send a shout-out to everyone involved in the “retro-futurist niche” (which may be the most awesome term I have read in a long time), to the amazing end of the novel. Wow.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person to think of the Confederate submarine Hunley when reading the back material. I just watched a special on the History Channel the other week about the mysteries and tragedies surrounding the Hunley–why it should have been in more history books and why all of the people who died in it and because of it should be remembered. The last crew to helm the Hunley were a motley bunch to be sure–Englishmen, Northerners, Southerners, Irish, possibly French. They were all held together by the charisma and personal strength of the Hunley’s final captain, Lieutenant George E. Dixon.
Thank you, Cherie Priest. For all of your Clockwork Century books.