Here are three Pantheon novellas which were each originally released to accompany the publication of another Pantheon book.  Age Of Anansi came out at the same time as Age Of Aztec, Age Of Satan at the same time as Age Of Voodoo, and Age Of Gaia at the same time as this very collection.

These are very different takes on the gods-versus-men theme of the series.  Rather than being military SF, they’re more urban fantasy, character studies of people under pressure from their own beliefs.  Although they were written separately, one per year between 2011 and 2013, they have a pleasing unity, I think, and sit well together.

Anansi is about lies and tricks and telling stories, which is essentially a form of lying and trickery.

Satan is about believing the worst in ourselves and other people, and struggling to change that viewpoint and see the good.

Gaia is about environmentalism and pollution, and explores how abuse of our ecosphere is tantamount to abuse of one another.




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5 Responses to “Age Of Godpunk”

  1. Espion says:

    Can’t wait. Im just a huge fan for the entire idea of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve read evirtyheng Sir Doyle has read and am a fan of the previous Holmes movie. I think Law and Downey have awesome chemistry as the original Dynamic Duo.

  2. Mike says:

    Just finished this one… well, actually I had read Anansi a while ago, but like your work enough to picking it up a second time to get these to.

    Whoever proofs your work now does a better job (that’s actually meant to be a positive note. Age of Odin drove me nuts with the typos and auto-corrects!) and these three compliment your series quite well.

    I am amazed at how you have such a different take on each deity or pantheon that you treat with… I can identify your style in each book, but there’s no real overlap in terms of how the gods exist (except maybe Gaia and Satan in that they both seem more about people than gods or superbeings intervening in the world…)

    Zeus remains my favorite to date; Aztec, Voodoo and Ra are close though!

    Are there any more on the horizon?

  3. James says:

    I had no idea about the typos in Odin, Mike. Apologies. We do our best to catch these. I make my manuscripts as “clean” as possible, and each goes through an editor, a copy editor and a proof reader. Somehow, some of the buggers still slip through. I think there’s an intangible imp who lives in the wires connecting publisher to printer and who takes huge delight in tampering with books while they’re on their way between one and the other.

    The aim with the Pantheon books was always to make them as different as possible, mostly because I have a short attention span and can’t stand doing the same thing over and over. I would argue that Satan does not appear at all in Satan. He’s an idea more than an actual presence.

    As things stand at present, I have no plans for any further Pantheon books. The main reason is that I’m too busy with other things. The first Dev Harmer book is out the day after tomorrow, and I’m hoping to extend that into a series of at least six books in total. I’ve also got more Sherlock Holmes novels lined up, so for the next couple of years I’ll be leapfrogging between the two series, which won’t leave time for much else. Like James Bond, though, I’m never saying never again.

  4. Mike says:

    Thanks for the response !

    I tend to agree about typos and it’s not as bad as I made it sound (even if I did get a kick in Odin when Abortion was referred to as Aborted). I’m willing to bet that a good portion of them are auto correct more than actual typo. But enough nit picking – it does not take away from my enjoyment and occasionally forced me to slow down (which is a good thing as I tend to read too fast…)

    One of the things I really enjoy about your writing style is the impression you are able to convey that your characters know what they’re supposed to know and the abilities of each character are kept to that character.

    Short attention span? All the more impressive that you are able to weave your worlds so carefully and completely !

    Sherlock Holmes… well, now that there are no Age of on my radar, maybe it’s time to expand my library of your work… just so you know though, there’s always room on my shelf for one more Age of book…

  5. James says:

    Sometimes typos take the reader out of the story. They remind you, with a shock, that you’re just reading something rather than experiencing it, which is how a good, captivating story should feel. They ruin the immersion.

    Keep that space on your shelf free for another Age Of… You never know! But the Holmeses are fun, I think. I’ve injected supernatural/fantasy/SF elements into all three of them, and of course I’ll be doing that even more in the Holmes/Cthulhu mash-ups that I’m starting work on next year.

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