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December 05 , 2010

The Sovereign Era: Year One


This seven-story anthology from creator Matthew Wayne Selznick is a glimpse into the first year of the Sovereign Era, that period in the late 20th century when the appearance of individuals with remarkable abilities rocked the delicate Cold War balance of power and forever altered the course of human destiny.

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The Sovereign Era began in April of 1985 (as depicted in Brave Men Run – A Novel of the Sovereign Era), when Dr. William Karl Donner revealed that super-powered metahumans existed, declared their autonomy, and demonstrated his ability to enforce that demand.

Arrangements between Donner and the government of the United States resulted in the establishment of the Donner Institute for Sovereign Studies, a compound in central Montana where the "Sovereigns" could find refuge and learn more about themselves.

Over the next twelve months, while the world struggled to deal with the political and social repercussions caused by the existence of the Sovereigns, the metahumans themselves mostly tried to find their place in the world.

That's what these stories are about.


  • Mur Lafferty (The Shambling Guide To New York City)
  • Jared Axelrod (The Battle of Blood and Ink)
  • Nathan Lowell (Solar Clipper Trader Tales)
  • P. G. Holyfield (Murder At Avedon Hill)
  • J. R. Blackwell (Shelter In Place)
  • Matt Wallace (The Failed Cities)
  • J. C. Hutchins (7th Son: Descent)

Cover art by A Song of Ice and Fire Role Playing Game artist Jeffery Himmelman.

30,400 words.

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