The Peshawar Lancers

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  • Title: The Peshawar Lancers
  • Author: S.M. Stirling
  • ISBN: 9780451458735
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the mid 1870s, civilization froze in time when comets hit the earth Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together In the 21st century, boats still run on steam, messages are delivered by telegraph, and the British Empire controls much of the world from its capital in Delhi The other major world power is the Czar of Russia who is preIn the mid 1870s, civilization froze in time when comets hit the earth Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together In the 21st century, boats still run on steam, messages are delivered by telegraph, and the British Empire controls much of the world from its capital in Delhi The other major world power is the Czar of Russia who is preparing for global conquest.

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    1. S.M. Stirling

      Stephen Michael Stirling is a French born Canadian American science fiction and fantasy author Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the recent time travel alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.MINI AUTO BIOGRAPHY personal website source I m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalization, living in New Mexico at present My hobbies are mostly related to the craft I love history, anthropology and archaeology, and am interested in the sciences The martial arts are my main physical hobby.

    460 thoughts on “The Peshawar Lancers”

    1. I must say, that was a pretty rollicking alternate-history adventure!A meteor or some such falling heavenly body strikes the earth at the end of the 1800's. All technological progress halts, and the world is thrown screaming back into the Middle Ages as nuclear winter makes coastal locations uninhabitable. So the British Empire moves itself to India, and becomes the leading world-governor.This is perhaps the best explanation for a world existing in a quasi-steampunk situation, dontcha think? Yea [...]


    2. This book highlights both Stirling's strengths and weaknesses. His main strength is the power of his underlying ideas, and the depth with which he has thought them out. The premise is that the entire northern hemisphere basically got wiped out by meteors in the 19th century, but Britain managed to relocate some of its population and retain its power base -- in India, Australia, and South Africa. Flash forward 250 years, but with technology lagging behind, and resources much different than they o [...]


    3. I should have realized when the blurb on the back of the book praised its "world-building" and "action" that that meant there would be no:-Remotely sympathetic or even interesting characters-Dialogue that was consistent from page to page-Plot that made even a lick of senseI respect the steampunky British Raj atmosphere that Stirling created, but the clunky writing, as well as the other issues listed above, just killed this for me.For example: Stirling is so concerned with not saying "he" or nami [...]


    4. The Peshawar Lancers is a rip-roaring, swashbuckling tale of Alternate History rooted firmly in the tradition of Rudyard Kipling and other 19th Century 'adventure' writers such as H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Set in a world where the planet was devastated by a spray of comets in the mid-1870s, the world of The Peshawar Lancers is a far different one from ours today. Empires still rule the world, with the British Empire, now centered in Delhi being the major power. Our hero, Captain [...]


    5. I foundThe Peshawar Lancersto be very easy to fall into. S.M. Stirling is very talented at creating believable and fully realized worlds; you can really tell how much thought and research goes into them.This book in particular deals with an alternate history where man's technological progress was halted in the 1870's by an asteroid colliding with the Earth. Flooding, long winters and cold summers, starvation, mass migration, cannibalism, and disease follow. Fast forward to 2025 where the major w [...]


    6. I stumbled across this book on top of one of the many shelves of my father's library. Read the synopsis on the back and knew my Dad to be a reader with great taste. I found my Dad's bookmark in the book, checked the publication date and realized he got this book when he was getting sick, and never finished it. As an act of fealty to him, I vowed to read it. That was 4 years ago. Having just finished it I think 1 of two things happened. 1. He read to where he was and knowingly stopped because he [...]


    7. I was initially rather off-put by the incredibly James Bond-i-ness of the protagonist. Athelstane King, home on leave after a wound to the designated hero area aka shoulder, has sex with his sexy sexy concubine who promptly gets fridged by assasins so he can appropriately swear revenge. I rolled my eyes.It picks up, though. Oh, he never gets any less Marty-Stu. But it turns out that it's just that Stirling doesn't do deep characters, really at all. But at least Athelstane is not the only one. Hi [...]


    8. The Peshawar Lancers is extraordinary. It started like any old historical, very familiar ground to anyone coming across Flashman or the Kipling-Corbett path then you realize it's not a history adventure at all, but a fantasy world steeped in cannibal horror, futurecasting, and forced eugenics. Then it flips over into a faux-Victorian, inventor-scientist (complete with plucky heroine!) steampunk world with dirigibles, transistors and babbage engines and if this is sound like a horrific mishmash, [...]


    9. This singleton is set in the year 2025, but not in our future. The premise is that a shower of comets hit Earth in the 1860′s, pushing civilization to the brink of extinction both by the impacts themselves and related general cooling. The British Empire relocated its seat to Delhi, and the story takes place in what is India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in our timeline. The Empire is ruled by the Angrezi Raj, or King-Emperor.This is classic swords and horses adventure. Very gripping, with some gre [...]


    10. 3.5 stars, really. Magnificent, absorbing world building. Imagine if a giant comet storm hit the earth in Victorian times, necessitating a wholesale exodus to India. A hundred and fifty years later, the Raj endures. SM Stirling builds a fascinating, consistent imaginary society, full of detail - and this may be my hesitation about the book. The narrative, and the characters, buckle a little under the overwhelming wealth of detail which does add to the texture of the story, but slows down the unf [...]


    11. _The Peshawar Lancers_ by S. M. Stirling is an interesting alternate history by one of the most prominent authors of this sub-genre of science fiction. The setting is very unusual, one that I have never encountered before. In 1878, either a series of comets or one large comet that broke up impacted the Earth over a space of twelve hours, devastating Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, and North America, with millions dying from blast damage and tsunamis and later many more from starvation, disease, soci [...]


    12. S.M. Stirling is a master of alternate worlds. In his Nantucket trilogy, the island of Nantucket and all its inhabitants get mysteriously transposed with the island’s bronze-age counterpart and must figure out how to live in this strange new–or old–world. In his Emberverse series, Stirling explores what happens to the world left behind by the disappearance of Nantucket, a world where the laws of physics–specifically, energy reactions–are now completely changed. No more gunpowder, no mo [...]


    13. I love alternate history novels. The basis of this one was interesting--a series of comets strike the earth in the 1870s, largely destroying civilisation in the northern hemisphere. Led by the British, the surviving European states move south, into Africa and the Indian sub-continent. One of the results, a century later, is a hybrid Anglo-Indian Raj where the British and their Indian subjects have, under the pressures of survival, forged an interesting superpower that faces off with a resurgent [...]


    14. Delightful Steampunk Romp In An Alternate Future of IndiaS. M. Sterling evokes Rudyard Kipling, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling in this delightful alternate history view of a revived British Empire in the aftermath of a series of devestating cometary impacts on late 19th Century Earth. Comparing Stirling to Rudyard Kipling and other writers of Imperial Raj fiction seems most apt, since this novel is essentially an early 21st Century recounting of the "Great Game" played betwee [...]


    15. I have been fascinated with India under the Raj since I read M.M. Kaye's _The Far Pavilions_ when I was 14. I am also a huge fan of alternate-universe histories and fantasy. Well-written steampunk is an absolute plus.Needless to say, _The Peshawar Lancers_ (pronounced peh-SHOWER, not PESH-a-war) fulfilled all of this and more.This is my first Stirling novel, so I can't compare it with any others, but I can tell you that it reminded me, at various times, a great deal of both Kaye and Kipling. I l [...]


    16. This could have been an amazing book. The premise is a little unusual - the earth is struck by a series of meteors, causing a miniature ice age. Western civilization essentially collapses, and British society relocates to India. Against this backdrop of severe cultural/social upheaval, there is a mysterious assassination plot afoot.But the author, I felt, really lets you down. The characters tended to be flat and stereotypical. The basic plot was very simplistic (I foresaw every "twist" by the t [...]


    17. I love most of Stirling's alternate universe books, but this one fell a little flat for me. In the 1800s, a meteor strike in the Atlantic causes tsunamis and climatic changes that basically depopulates Europe and most of North America. However, the British Empire lives on from India, South America, and Australia.A hundred years later, Russia, which has turned to ritualistic cannibalism, has targeted a family based on the visions of young women with the ability to see the future. A member of the [...]


    18. Just discovered this author, though he's apparently been around for a long time. He seems to write primarily in the alternate history subgenre, and he's very good at it. I have some problems with some of his premises (in this one, a psychic bred by a fallen Russian empire figures prominently and important plot points revolve around her; this takes it into the realm of fantasy, which I think was unnecessary), but once you choke them down, the rest of it is well-written, fully realized and very en [...]


    19. Swashbuckling alternate history about the jewel in the crown -- India -- serving as the home of the British empire. Good page-turner adventure, with little character development but lots of evocative scenery and implausible coincidences. The mix of Hindi and English is particularly fun to read, for anyone familiar with both languages. I read this years ago, before I moved to India. It was just a sort of pulp fiction novel. But since I returned from India, it is a lot more fun to read and imagine [...]


    20. Don't do it. Just don't. Not bad enough to put down (in fact it was oddly compelling) but not good enough to actually enjoy. The feeling of release as i finished the last page was overwhelming. This book needed an editor in the worst way -- it was a 500 page book that was about 200 pages too long. Which makes me think that maybe one of Stirling's earlier books, back when he was probably forced to listen to an editor, might be enjoyable. but i'm not going to test that theory anytime soon.


    21. Alternate history of what the world could be like if a swarm of meteors hit most of the northern continents in the 1880s. It had swashbuckling, women's lib, airship adventures. What more could you want?


    22. Stirling is very focused on language and customs, and some that requires knowledge on the part of the reader that I didn't have, even after just reading Monsoon, which was about the Indian Ocean area. The story was ok, but it was nothing very great.


    23. Great concept, fair execution. Stirling is good, but the concept is so good I was left wishing he was a better writer. This is not a slam, you will probably enjoy this, I just thought it could be better.


    24. I liked this book a lot. I have read quite a few of his series, and I liked the character and worlds he has created here better than some of the ones he has chosen to make into a series.




    25. During the British Raj, Sikhs were fetishized as a 'martial race' and viewed by the colonizers as superior to other Indians for their fighting prowess. You'll notice Confederate apologists will praise the warrior culture (both real and imagined) of certain Native American tribes as well as Japanese Samurai traditions; it's a classic technique for deflecting accusations of white supremacism, but should be more transparent by now (notice the fetishized civilizations tend to be ones that narrowly ' [...]


    26. The Peshawar Lancers disappointed me. S.M. Stirling's idea is fantastic: 19th Century Europe is hit by meteors, forcing the British to move to their Indian territory, the French to North Africa, the Russians deep into Central Asia, and the rise of the "Caliphate" and "Dai-Nippon" in the Middle East and Japan/China, respectively. The story picks up in the 21st Century with the geopolitical balance in flux and royal court intrigue in the "Empire" (new Britain) leaving all the powers on uneven foot [...]


    27. I was quite excited to read this when it was selected as a Bookclub pick, the only alternative history that I've read so far mainly focused on events altering during the Second World War.The set up is that a huge meteor shower hit the northern hemisphere during 1878. The book is set in 2025 where the worlds climate has recovered and the majority of the population now live in the South Pacific.What I practically loved about this book was the clash of cultures, you had placed such as Oxford and De [...]


    28. If any of these labels sound appealing: 'Adventure' 'Steam Punk' 'Colonial' 'Alt. History' or 'Sexy virgin Russian seeresses' then this book is for you. It is a little bit slow at times, especially in the beginning, but the strength of the research and detail he puts into his work quickly overcomes any slowness in plot. A good, solid read with plenty to ponder afterward.


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