Purple Unicorn Media
Scimitar Edge is a registered publishing imprint of Purple Unicorn Media. We focus upon:-
- Alternate History
- Science Fiction
- Historical Fiction
Below is a full list of books currently published by Scimitar Edge, or in development to be published by us for the first time.
It is the best of times. The Imperium Romanum Sacrum spans the galaxy. The wealth of a thousand worlds fills its coffers daily. It is the worst of times. The enemies of the Imperium are legion - aliens, heretics, mutants and worse. The burdens of Empire are staggering. The price of relative peace and safety is perpetual war. The most insidious threat to the Empire of Man however is apathy, complacency, greed, indifference - the eternal vices of mankind that despite millions of years of evolution remain unchanged. For every man of faith there are far more who doubt. For every man who serves the Empire far more serve only themselves. Darkness is kept at bay only through the selfless service and frequent sacrifice of that rare breed of warriors who still believe in Duty, Honor, Empire. These are the stories of better men.
Biography & Local History (Wales)
Set in the aftermath of the First World War, Broth Again For Dinner introduces us to a young girl, Florence, from Whitland, Carmarthenshire, whose resilience and humour carried her through a life of hardship and one where comfort was scarce. Florence's words, which vividly describe her life up to the age of 16, have now tumbled into life, leaving the reader moved and warmed by the picture which she has so vividly painted.A significant contribution to the social narrative of rural South Wales in the 1920s and 1930s, Broth Again For Dinner offers us a poignant insight into the life of a girl on the brink of womanhood and the changes that lie ahead.
Science Fiction & Dystopia
Philip Fry, an idealistic and clever music scholar, has recently finished at university. Desperate to find a career that will 'make a difference', he becomes involved with a group of shadowy government officials working on a sinister research project codenamed 'Earworms'.Fry leaves his young wife in Manchester in order to work on the project. He soon realises that all is not as it appears. The project which he believed would produce music and sounds to create happier social relations is actually a cover for a maverick government department trying to create the ultimate sonic weapon, where sound can be used to manipulate and control or even kill victims. Meanwhile, his wife is becoming increasingly worried about him. Fry is accused of spying, and his bosses then try to kill him. Their sonic weapon backfires on them, and they die in an explosion. Fry is investigated by MI5 who finally accept the truth of his claims, and he is allowed to return home. The story ends with Fry and his wife working together in the community.
Counterfactual Essays & Creative Writing Advice
How To Write Alternate History is a book looking at how to write within the genre. It is illustrated throughout with examples, designed to inspire and open the writer up to exploring similar ideas for their own stories.
Grey Wolf's articles on how to write alternate history include what to look out for, considerations to bear in mind, and ideas for progression. The articles cover a wide range of related subjects, such as creating small but noticeable changes in things like the brand names which are popular, the activities which are to be found at the local pub, or the names of sports teams.
Developing Points of Departure (Divergence) and realistic alternatives in areas such as music, sport and dynastic marriages are also covered.
Alternate History & Steampunk
Never The Dawn takes place in an alternate world where the Earth is divided up between several competing empires. Within one of these, Albion, strange events are beginning to manifest themselves, not least on the battlefront in West Africa.
History & Poetry
Throughout the course of the Second World War, around 3 million British people were evacuated. Gillian Mawson has interviewed 600 evacuees, including mothers and teachers who travelled with the children to take them to safety. During the war, some evacuees wrote poems which described their experiences of leaving home, the evacuation journey and what it was like to be 'chosen' by local families at journey's end. When the war ended, they described meeting their parents once again, whilst some described their sadness at leaving behind the 'foster families' they had come to love. Brought together for the very first time, these poems are emotional and moving and share an overlooked aspect of wartime evacuation.
Shadows of The Future is an alternate history rollercoaster ride through a world where the Mongols conquered Germany, and history of the last several hundred years has taken a divergent course. Europe, 2010, and the Angevin Empire is swaying badly under repeated assault by the Lombard Empire. Added to its woes are a worsening political scene at home, exacerbated by military setbacks, and a growing extremism that seeks to impose a puritanical vision by way of a reaction to the crisis. General James Wolfe is a veteran of many a campaign, and now finds himself dealing with one of the greatest decisions of his life.
History is an intricately woven tapestry hanging in space and time. Remove one thread, replace it with another, and the entire picture changes. What if Winston Churchill had died at the Battle of Omdurman in 1898, or after being knocked down in the street in New York in 1931? Slender Threads looks in detail at subjects such as the Battle of Shiloh in the American Civil War, or the Leyte Gulf plans of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War Two.
Simone - born Joan Grew - living and growing up in the thirties and early forties, in Southall, known as bomb alley, dreamed of becoming a showbusiness star during her nights in the air raid shelter in the garden. After joining the A.T.S. in the war, she became part of the concert party entertaining the troops, eventually joining the Windmill Theatre, rubbing shoulders with aspiring stars who became big names in showbusiness. She married an eccentric but charming man 24 years her senior and they bought a rural idyll in the form of a large and haunted mansion in West Wales. Their marriage was a stormy and tempestuous one, and unable to keep up with the expectations of her husband as "Lady of the Manor", he eventually threw her and their son unceremoniously out of the house and disinherited her, leaving them with nothing except the clothes they were wearing. Nothing daunted, her strong determination resulted in her re-entering the world of showbusiness, and she succeeded in acquiring several roles in film and television. Now 95 years of age, she tells her story - a fascinating tale of her life in a bygone era.
Ten Naval Battles tells the story of an alternate history from the mid 18th century to the mid 19th century through the eyes of a historian of that world writing about the ten most decisive naval battles of this period. Read about the Egyptians defeating the French, events in the North American colonies, and the formation of a federal Germany. Also includes the start of Ten Great Leaders with the Duc d'Andorra.
History & Photography
The 5000-plus British Troops would only have seen snow, rain, gale force winds very little daylight and extreme cold.The Island is bleak in the winter but being lucky to return in a Spring and again in an Autumn I saw the island in a different light.I hope that those who fought in the war there in 82 and have not been lucky enough to return in peace time can enjoy my pictures.The Falklands has changed and will never be the same as before 1982.The population has more than doubled and the way of life changed with it.The one thing that the Island will always have, is the memory that in 1982 the whole life of the Island was defended by so many worthy men and women and remains British.
Local History & Naval History
The Gough family were originally from the Saint Briavels area of Gloucestershire, near to the Monmouthshire border. In 1717 William Gough married Catherine Portrey, daughter of the squire of Ynyscedwyn. By the 1740s it was obvious that her brother, Christopher, now squire in his turn would have no legitimate heir, and so agreement was made between the families for William and Catherine's eldest son to inherit the Portrey estate, upon the condition that he adopt the additional surname of Aubrey (the family who had owned the estate for generations before the Portreys had inherited it from them). In 1752, this son, now Richard Gough Aubrey inherited the Ynyscedwyn estate, thus bringing it into the Gough family where it would stay until the male line ran out in the 1930s.
Alternate History & Science Fiction
An alien artefact appears, drifting across the surface of the Moon and heading inexorably towards the Earth. How do the people of the Earth react to an unknown situation? Jay works within a publishing house, together with the large but inscrutable Mark. What impact does the artefact have on everyday life, on his work, his socialisation, and the love of his life, the fast and loose Sophie?
Featuring a cover by Robin Stacey, The Shifting Sands is a globe-covering alternate history novel set in the aftermath of a world war. How will Lord Wolfe navigate the varied twists and turns of fate? Once the darling of the old British emperor in his role as Governor of the vast South African dominions, he finds himself shunned by the new monarch in London, relying on his Spanish connections for attendance at the peace conference. Together with his daughter Carlotta, Wolfe must adapt to a new reality, one that takes him home to Britain where his wealth might buy him land and house, but can it ever work to restore his lost influence in the affairs of men?
Alternate History & Science Fiction
In an alternate history, decolonisation of the Americas follows a vastly different timeline, and the British royal family remains pre-eminent in world affairs. Competing with a Bonaparte Byzantium and a French Empire under the Murats, the Saxe-Coburg British fight on an equal footing for recognition and influence. Follow 1400 years of history, from an alternate 1900 to the galactic empire of 3300AD where humanity inadvertently reawakens a terror that the elder races believed long dead.
Alternate History & Science Fiction
With the Second World War having ended in a draw, a Nazi-American Cold War has set in, but now both sides believe they have the ultimate secret weapon, only it requires one of them to strike first! From the frozen fjords of Norway to the very banks of the Potomac, from the docks of New York City to Hitler's mountain fastness, the action sees Nazi Germany take the ultimate gamble.