Scarlet Traces: A War Of The Worlds Anthology Coming This September From Edginton & 2000AD

by Olly MacNamee

Here’s something a bit different coming from 2000AD this September. Based on the poplar Steampunk series, Scarlet Traces by Ian Edginton and D’Israeli (Matt Brooker), comes Scarlet Traces: A War of the Worlds Anthology, a collection of short prose stories set in the world Edginton and D’Israeli originally created in 2002.

Set in a reality that imagines a British Empire able to reverse engineer the Martian technology left behind after the failed invasion of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, we return to the late Victorian-era of the original series with stories written by the likes of James Lovegrove, Emma Beeby and more, and edited by Edginton himself.

It is the dawn of the twentieth century. Following the Martians’ failed invasion of Earth, the British Empire has seized their technology and unlocked its secrets for themselves, rolling out new machines and ever more deadly weapons in their quest for dominance. Editor Ian Edginton presents a rich anthology of new prose stories about imperialism and corruption in the world of HG Wells’ most famous creation. Featuring stories by Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, James Lovegrove, Emma Beeby and many more.

The book will be available from 3rd September in the USA and 5th September from 5th September.

Read more about Scarlet Traces here and catch up with an interview with Edginton on Vol.2 of this Steampunk sci-fi series here.

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