gathers up the elements of at least four major sub-genres of science
fiction and fantasy, twists them diabolically, then disintegrates the
borders between them. The result is a story that blends high wizardry,
fire-breathing dragons (and their riders), telepathy and other
psionics, turn-of-the-20th-century Newtonian physics, military science
fiction and military fantasy, parallel universes with portals between
them, and far-ranging adventure. It does so in a wildly plausible
mishmash that was both demanding and delightful to write.
two men from profoundly different human civilizations inhabiting
different parallel universes unexpectedly meet in a primeval forest,
two shots are fired, both men are hit, and both sides are abruptly
faced with a war that threatens to spread through dozens of inhabited
universes. The stakes are drastic, the confrontation is quickly out of
control, and the characters are caught in a struggle to remain
honorable and civilized in the face of unimaginable horrors each side
can unleash. The struggle just to figure out how the opponent's
technology functions leads to all sorts of complications.
David and I spent more than a year developing the created worlds for Hell's Gate.
David's genius for political intrigue gives both major civilizations
their own interior governments and factions, until the story's politics
make the Gordian knot look simple. Readers will find everything from
imperial courts and military dictatorships, to religion-based
tyrannies, democratic republics, independent city-states, clan-based
nomads, and just about everything in between. And everyone is
determined to control the universe known as Hell's Gate....