April 14th 2012:
A fleet of ships have gathered in the North Atlantic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most famous maritime disaster of all history.
Suddenly, a pulse of light engulfs several of the ships, who find themselves on an open ocean dotted with icebergs. Desperately trying to make contact with the outside world, they detect no satellite or radio signals, except for a single vessel just off to the north, who is sending out messages of distress in archaic Morse code.
Her name is the Titanic. She has struck an iceberg and is sinking.
Displaced a century into the past, the ships of the Titanic Memorial Fleet find themselves suddenly intervening in the very disaster that they had gathered to remember.
Can they change the outcome of this night?
Should they even try?
What will be the consequences of introducing modern ideas and technologies into a world ill-prepared to handle them, on the brink of a century of catastrophic war and change?
And can they ever go home?
The book was produced as part of a bit of self-therapy; having failed multiple times to make headway with an ongoing writing project, I decided last autumn to try my hand at something completely different and knocked this out in six months, channeling a deep interest in Titanic and a love for science-fiction.
One objective I set myself was to try and avoid telling 'the same story all over again' with the addition of a fictional subplot, and to instead use time-travel as a means of exploring what Titanic means (both the ship and the disaster), to the societies of two eras a century apart, and to explore what might happen when these two timeframes are brought crashing together. As such, I resolved to not use fictional characters for 1912-era figures, and as such every contemporary persona featured in the book, from EJ Smith right through to a little girl on a New York quayside, are actual people who required considerable research to try and convey accurately. Encyclopedia Titanica was a major help during this effort, and I cannot thank everyone here enough (though special thanks are reserved for Parks Stephenson and Sam Helpern, who both gave me invaluable advice during the writing process).
I hope the results are worth it, and anyone intrigued is welcome to view a free sample on Amazon, from where the book can be purchased for the Kindle, PC, Mac and Blackberry.