Golden Gryphon: Urbana, Il, 2003. The second in Golden Gryphon's signed and numbered, limited edition trade paperbound chapbooks: It’s 1876, twenty-three years after the executions of the Peoples’ Revolutionary leaders Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, and Richard Wagner – and spectres in the guise of these three men are haunting Communist Europe, specifically the city of Dresden. Officer Rienzi, from the Peoples’ Department for Security, is called in to investigate. Are these spectres truly ghosts of the Revolution’s leaders? Or is there a larger conspiracy afoot? And if a conspiracy, does it involve Comrade Leader Eisenmann, who became head of the Peoples’ Federated States of Europe following the death of Wagner? With A Better World’s in Birth!, author Howard Waldrop has skillfully crafted another of his trademark alternate history stories. In the Afterword, the author details the story behind this story that was twenty years in the making. With scintillating wraparound cover art by artist Nicholas Jainschigg. 500 copies only, each is numbered and signed by the author. Fine.