Alice Payne Rides

A novella.

Alice Payne returns in the thrilling sequel to Kate Heartfield’s Alice Payne Arrives.

After abducting Arthur of Brittany from his own time in 1203, thereby creating the mystery that partly prompted the visit in the first place, Alice and her team discover that they have inadvertently brought the smallpox virus back to 1780 with them.

Searching for a future vaccine, Prudence finds that the various factions in the future time war intend to use the crisis to their own advantage.

Can the team prevent an international pandemic across time, and put history back on its tracks? At least until the next battle in the time war…

Pre-order links available on the publisher’s page.

My author annotations on Goodreads.

Excerpt from the audiobook:


Praise for Alice Payne Arrives:

“Twisty time wars, highway robbery, 18th century lady scientists, queer joy. How could I not love this? Alice Payne Arrives at a gallop, breathlessly blending historical fiction and SF tropes, then turning them on their heads.” ―Sarah Pinsker

“Whip smart, and packed with irresistible characters and fast-paced adventure. A playful, pointed, and brilliantly inventive remix of history that unfolds like the most fascinating puzzle box―each new twist and reveal a delight. Counting the days to the sequel.” ―S.L. Huang


Reviews of Alice Payne Rides:

Heartfield has a gifted touch for showing us compelling, believable individuals, all of whom feel real and vivid. It’s a story about family, for better or worse: the family you find, the family you build, and the family you choose.

Liz Bourke, Tor.com

Alice Payne Rides was everything I could have hoped for out of a sequel, and then some. It was just as intense as the first novella, if not more so…. This series has become everything I never knew I wanted out of a time travel story.

Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks

I read both novellas very quickly, engaged to turn pages not only on the concept and the characters, but Heartfield’s prose as well.

Paul Weimer, Skiffy and Fanty

These two novellas are fast-paced adventurous romps featuring tons of queer women and women of colour in what I would call “shut up and take my money” subgenre of time travelling goodness. SO MUCH FUN.

Ana Grilo at Kirkus