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The Conscientious Objector by Stephen Palmer

The Conscientious Objector
The Conscientious Objector

"Stunningly inventive ... a thought-provoking and thoroughly offbeat alternative history of the first world war." The Guardian

1914.

With the outbreak of war on the Continent, Erasmus Darwin finds himself caught up in a jingoistic fervour for which he feels no sympathy. Yet soon he is on the Western Front: frightened, appalled, and alone apart from a few pals who don't understand his pacifism.

Soon however he finds himself entangled in a secret mission the like of which has never been attempted, one which stretches his pacifism to the limit...

A unique and thought-provoking alternative history of the First World War from the author of Beautiful Intelligence and the Factory Girl trilogy.

The Factory Girl series:
"I would highly recommend this to any steampunk lover..." SFF World
"It's a fascinating book and I very much enjoyed it." Nimue Brown
"As the first in a series this novel is pretty special... a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting read." Goodreads
"Provides an exciting ride trhough a clockwork version of Edwardian England, leading to a conclusion that brings together the various themes in a satisfying way." Amazon
"This is all good thought provoking stuff, that I thoroughly enjoyed..." Goodreads

Cover by Tom Brown

Published: 23 Dec 2019

Stephen Palmer

Stephen Palmer is the author of fifteen novels: Memory Seed (Orbit 1996; Infinity Plus ebooks 2013), Glass (Orbit 1997; Infinity Plus ebooks 2013), Flowercrash (Wildside 2002; Infinity Plus ebooks 2013), Muezzinland (Wildside 2003; Infinity Plus ebooks 2011), Hallucinating (Wildside 2004; Infinity Plus ebooks 2011), The Rat & The Serpent (as Bryn Llewellyn, Prime Books 2005; Infinity Plus ebooks 2012) and Urbis Morpheos (PS Publishing 2010). His eighth novel, the surreal and fast-paced Hairy London, was published by Infinity Plus Books as a paperback and ebook in 2014, while the ninth, Beautiful Intelligence, was published in 2015, as was the subsequent short novel No Grave for a Fox. In 2016 Infinity Plus Books published his Edwardian steampunk trilogy, Factory Girl. His most recent novel, published in 2019, is The Conscientious Objector. His short stories have been published by Spectrum, Wildside, NewCon, Unspoken Water, Mutation Press, Solaris, Theakers, Eibonvale, Dog Horn, Manchester Speculative Fiction, Woodbridge Press and elsewhere. He lives and works in Shropshire, UK.

more infinity plus books by Stephen Palmer:

The Autist Tommy Catkins The Girl with No Soul (The Factory Girl Trilogy #3) The Girl with One Friend (The Factory Girl Trilogy #2) The Girl with Two Souls (The Factory Girl Trilogy #1) No Grave For A Fox Muezzinland: the author Beautiful Intelligence Hairy London Flowercrash Glass Memory Seed infinity plus: quintet The Rat and the Serpent Hallucinating

the infinity plus shuffle:

Warm Words & Otherwise: A Blizzard of Book Reviews The Alchemy of Happiness Flowercrash Memesis: modifiction and other strange changes A Restless Wind Muezzinland: the author's edition Faking It: accounts of the General Genetics Corporation The Euonymist A Writer's Life The Ragthorn