Are you weary of hearing about the 2016 US Presidential race? Afraid of what will become of America if your chosen candidate doesn’t prevail? Do you believe the world is doomed regardless of who claims the Oval Office throne—er, chair?Refresh your spirit and allay your fears by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.“Solidly entertaining.” -Publishers WeeklyWINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.WINNER Summer 2016 NABE Pinnacle Best Fantasy Book.Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.CONTENTSList of IllustrationsPrefaceA Word of ExplanationChapter I: CrownsvilleChapter II: King Henry’s CourtChapter III: Knights of CrownsvilleChapter IV: Sir Kay and the Man Who Would Be BossChapter V: An InspirationChapter VI: The EclipseChapter VII: The TowerChapter VIII: The BossChapter IX: The TournamentChapter X: Beginning to Change CivilizationChapter XI: The Queen in Search of a Baseball ClubChapter XII: Slow TortureChapter XIII: Free Agents!Chapter XIV: Defend the Banner!Chapter XV: Sandy’s StatisticsChapter XVI: Morgan le FayChapter XVII: A Baseball BanquetChapter XVIII: In the Queen’s DungeonsChapter XIX: Baseball as a TradeChapter XX: The Ogres’ StadiumChapter XXI: The PilgrimsChapter XXII: The CrocodilesChapter XXIII: Restoration of the TeamChapter XXIV: A Rival PlayerChapter XXV: A Competitive ExaminationChapter XXVI: The President in the NewspaperChapter XXVII: The President and the Queen Travel CognitoChapter XXVIII: Drilling the PresidentChapter XXIX: The Smallpox HutChapter XXX: The Tragedy of the Big HouseChapter XXXI: MarcoChapter XXXII: Dowley’s HumiliationChapter XXXIII: Twenty-first Century Political EconomyChapter XXXIV: Slavery as a CareerChapter XXXV: A Pitiful IncidentChapter XXXVI: An Encounter in the DarkChapter XXXVII: An Awful PredicamentChapter XXXVIII: Sandy and the Lawyers to the RescueChapter XXXIX: The Knights’ Fight with the YankeesChapter XL: Three Years LaterChapter XLI: The DictumChapter XLII: War!Chapter XLIII: The Battle on the Salisbury PlainChapter XLIV: A Postscript by the ScribeFinal P.S. by C.C.About the Ghost’s WriterLIST OF ILLUSTRATIONSThe Queen Visits Her BrotherA very Angel of DeathThe Original Boss’s Twin“Ambrose Hinton, scratch thyself.”“I made Malory vow not to spend, as President, more than her country’s annual income.”Rolling Heads“Mr. Carter, you are fired.”Morganna Hanks, Owner of the London KnightsMrs le Fay“I could have enchanted a herd of hogs.”Wretched SanctuaryAgain… alas.The Hive“No mercy here.”“I sacked the manager and his accountant on the spot.”“I knew the terror of my dungeon’s denizens.”“I never forgave myself.”“Arthur, I have ever so much to explain to thee…”The pen is mightier than…
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Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.