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RNR Continues Other-worldly Exploits

04-21-2009

Newfoundland author Kenneth Tam is returning home this week to launch The Frontier, the second book in his alternate history series, His Majesty’s New World. The launch will take place on Friday night, April 24, 2009 and will kick off this year’s Sci-Fi on the Rock convention.

“The Newfoundland Regiment is still at work, exploring a new planet in 1919,” explains Tam. “The adventures they had in the first book, The Grasslands, created more questions than answers, so the Regiment will have a lot more work ahead of it!”

The Frontier is a novel of alternate history, taking place in a version of 1919 where alien technology has granted the British Empire and the United States access to a rich new planet. The timeline is therefore different, and as Tam explains, the adventures also have an old-fashioned flare.

“Exploring other worlds is often the stuff of spaceships with warp speed or hyper drive. I enjoy those stories, and in other series, I’ve written them. But when the Newfoundlanders of 1919 are sent to a new planet, they do it with a much different worldview, and with a resilience and a sense of humor that the average space voyager from the future simply couldn’t manage.”

Including the Newfoundland Regiment in his story was an homage by Tam, who spent six years studying military and international history at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Ontario. Now graduated with his BA and MA in the subject, he is glad to put the years of research to good use.

The launch of The Frontier will kick off Sci-Fi on the Rock III, Newfoundland’s science fiction convention, and one of the largest events of its kind in Atlantic Canada. The event runs at the Holiday Inn St. John’s on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Tam has been a guest author at both previous conventions, and will attend this year along with three other authors, and three actors including Peter Mayhew, who famously portrayed Chewbacca in the Star Wars films. Tam and the other authors will do readings, offer writing seminars, and sign books throughout the weekend.

Friday night’s launch of The Frontier is open to the public. It takes place at the Holiday Inn St. John’s, beginning at 7:00 pm with at reading at 7:30. Newfoundland author and publisher Matthew LeDrew, of Engen Books, will serve as emcee for the evening. “I love coming home,” Tam enthuses.

“I’ve been to events from coast to coast, but none compare to the ones on the rock.”