Last spring I got the honor, and I do mean honor, of writing in a world I have admired for years and years and years. Joan Saberhagen and Bob Vardeman asked me to write a story in Fred Saberhagen’s Mask universe.
Now trust me, if you haven’t read any of Fred’s Mask stories, you are really missing something. And all you have to do to change that is buy this book because Fred’s entire novel Mask of the Sun is in this book, followed by the rest of us writing original work that jumps off of Fred’s novel in one way or another.
How would someone describe this wonderful science fiction world? Well, sort of alternate universe. Or alternate history. The Incas and the Aztecs are the modern super powers. And the two powers fight over control of other time lines by sending people from our time line back in time to other time lines to fight. And the weapon, the best weapon, is the Mask, something that allows the wearer to see parts of the future, sort of, and it also exists in many time lines, sort of. A very special weapon and power no one is sure who controls.
Well, anyway, go read it if you love science fiction. Fred wrote some of the best ever. And now Baen Books is bringing it back out.
I can tell you that my original story in this book has Vietnam vets fighting at the Alamo. With modern weapons. Did I have fun with this idea??? Are you kidding? This was the most fun I had writing something in a long time.
And when Joan sent me a copy of the book, I was fantastically honored to be in with such great company. So for about the tenth time I reread Fred’s wonderful novel, then read everyone’s story. And when I finished, I wanted more. I want to spend more time in this fantastic universe Fred created.
I was very, very lucky to know Fred when he was alive. I am now very lucky that his wonderful wife, Joan, and Bob Vardeman gave me the chance to play in Fred’s Mask world.
Don’t miss this book, folks. If for nothing but to read Fred’s novel. In fact, read it first, then see how the rest of us managed to take that huge world that Fred created and play.
As I have said many, many times here, I am lucky enough to have the best job on the planet. Thanks Joan and Bob for making my job even more fun.
Now the rest of you go find this book and buy it. You will thank me.