“The Patchwork Procedure” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #206) is the first chapter in an alternate-history espionage serial that will tell the story of The Second Global War. Each self-contained new episode will feature different characters, and each will be in a different location (or locations). The first episode takes place in: La Nouvelle France Indépendante, and its capital Québec; the New World territories of the Eternal Chinese Empire; and the Islands of Metropolitan Montreal. The time is now, but history evolved differently than in the world we know, and the geopolitical map is, while peppered with familiar cities, substantially altered. Another episode — “The Treaty of Empress Park,” set in Toronto — will appear in autumn 2017 in the Bundoran Press anthology 49th Parallels: Alternative Canadian Histories and Futures. More episodes are in the works. Check this space for updates on The Second Global War.