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A Real Privilege

This year, the Iceberg team gave me a wonderful present: a coffee table book loaded with photos from our Tenth Anniversary Gala. It’s been a fantastic Christmas, but this may be the present I cherish the most. Writing –– storytelling –– is not some ‘gift’ that an author shares with the masses. In past, when literacy rates were low, and the production of books was controlled by a narrow segment of society, perhaps certain writers thought that way. Perhaps they believed they could invent worlds without truly living in this one, and that in their wisdom, they were bestowing some…

Canada-class corvette, DCNS Sackville. Image by Wesley Prewer.

The Real Sackville

Defense Command readers will recognize DCNS Sackville. Skippered by Commander Katya Romanov through the Martian War, the corvette made a real difference –– despite being older and less advanced than the rest of the ships of the Belt Squadron. As Ken Barron wrote in The Mercury Assault: “And, somehow appropriately, our daring corvette Sackville lost a drive pod again –– but kept fighting. Ships called Sackville just don’t die, it seems. The one laid down in 1940 is still sitting in Halifax harbor, open to visitors.” For once, Ken Barron isn’t wrong: Sackville’s namesake, a Flower-class corvette that fought for Canada…

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The Shipbuilder

One of the greatest creative collaborations I’ve enjoyed over the past ten years has been with fellow Iceberg writer Wesley Prewer. If you’ve seen the Defense Command or Equations books, you’ll recognize his work… if you’ve read Seas of Sand, you’ll know it too. But Wes’s contributions don’t stop with cover images, or even written prose: when it came to figuring out anything naval in the DC universe, he always was (and remains) my first contact. And thanks to his grasp on naval history, and on sci-fi, he’d always bring good stuff to the table. DC readers know the Tharsis-class…