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Phase 2

AN-PSSagaWe’re back online. After roughly seven months of disruption — getting a company moved 3,500 kilometres across the second-largest country in the world takes a fair amount of work — we’re finally able to resume author notes with some regularity… and that’s good, because while we were in transit, plenty happened that warrants discussion.

First and foremost: Iceberg’s longtime friend and author, John Fioravanti, released the first installment in The Genesis Saga — the new series situated in the 40-year gap between The Earther Equation and The Genesis Equation.

Passion & Struggle was launched by Fiora Books on November 23rd, and introduces us to the story of Professor Marco Rossini, a historian tapped by High Chancellor Bingham and ArcGeneral Liz Hastings to help turn Genesis’ theocratic government into a secular democracy. The fact that the Church of Genesis resists this reform will be of no surprise to Equations readers; before he knows it, Rossini finds himself facing dangers he could never have foreseen, with allies he’d never dreamed of. To find out how the battle between Church and newly-forming-state plays out, find Passion & Struggle here.

John Fioravanti

Unfortunately, the timing of Passion & Struggle‘s launch was inconvenient for all of us at Iceberg; we drove out of Waterloo, Ontario (where Fiora Books remains based) exactly one month before the event. Indeed, when John was able to drop by my house with one of the very first printed copies for me, he had to park behind a massive moving truck, and we had to talk on the lawn so we didn’t block the flow of boxes. From Alberta, then, I had to send a video greeting on the occasion of the big day:

Here at Iceberg, we’ve been talking about The Genesis Saga for a long time — since 2006, in fact, when we first announced that John was joining our writing team. If you count on your fingers (like I do), you’ll figure out that he’s been at work on this series for eight years. Sometimes it takes that long — Alex had to wait a decade to land in Champions, as we know.

But since it’s just after Christmas… and since I’m fresh off watching a bunch of documentaries about Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray… I have another comparison in mind. Trekkers will know that, back in 1978, Paramount was trying to bring Star Trek back to television, and had gone into development of something called ‘Phase II‘ — a new show that would take the characters of the original series out on a new five-year mission. The idea was to use the show to launch a new TV station run by the studio… but plans changed, and Star Trek went to the big screen instead.

Perhaps the idea of putting the Enterprise back on the small screen seemed dead after that… but nine years later, the concept behind Phase II was revived, then transformed into something entirely different. A new cast of characters took over a new starship, existing in the same universe as the original series, but in a different time. Instead of being a new vehicle for Kirk and McCoy, this show became a platform for a new crew and new types of storytelling, and it ended up having some mild success, I think.

Sometimes, it just takes time for a story to find the right place to land… and in this case, I rather think the Saga was waiting patiently until it could serve as the cornerstone of Fiora Books’ fiction line. These are exciting times for John, his wife Anne, and Fiora Books — and for fans of the Equations universe, who can finally begin to see how bad the interwar period on Genesis really was.

Take a look, then, at the The Genesis Saga: