I’d completed over two years of exhaustive research and writing for the second book of my Random House contract (which began with Summer of Love) and turned in The Golden Nineties, now an ebook retitled The Gilded Age, A Time Travel. Gerald Jonas, the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, gave the book a cover-worthy quote—“A winning mixture of intelligence and passion”—and plucked the book (out of a field of 1,200 science fiction and fantasy books traditionally published that year) as one of twelve science fiction titles on his New York Times Notable Books list.
During the previous two years, Summer of Love, had been chosen as a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book, so this was more good news!
When I say exhaustive research, I mean it! Please take a look at Lisa Mason Talks Time Travel With Laura Vosika at https://lisamasontheauthor.com/2013/10/14/lisa-mason-talks-time-travel-with-laura-vosika-part-5-historical-research-and-the-telling-detail-sfwapro/. I’d found an entire library of books about the world during the 1890s, the United States, and San Francisco in particular. Several eminent journalists in the 1930s and 1940s published detailed and lively accounts of the City before the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire all but demolished San Francisco. I found an actual guidebook published in 1890, a bound volume of The Argonaut for the years of 1896 and 1897, an illustrated book about traveling from New York to San Francisco on the Overland train, recipe books, the Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck catalogs, and novels written during the period.
By the time The Gilded Age was done, I’d developed a Fin de Siècle Voice, in contrast to my more minimalist, slightly profane, hip, science fictional voice. When asked to contribute work to two hardcover anthologies to be published by HarperPrism, I wrote shorter titles in the Voice, Daughter of the Tao for Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn and Every Mystery Unexplained for David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible. (Both novellas are available on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.)
But I wasn’t done with the Voice. I wanted to recast all that terrific research as a murder mystery like The Alienist and I wanted a historical romance like a Diana Gabaldon book (minus the time travel). Another book was waiting to be born!
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