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A steampunk short story … take a moment to make sure that the price is still $0.00 before making your purchase.
Fox Chase- a steampunk short story. There is no polite way to meet over a dead body. But for Kassandra Leyden, who speaks to the dead for a living, these can things happen. Her new acquaintance, Manfred Bremstrung, has one purpose in mind- protect the King’s nephew. Kassandra finds herself working side by side with Bremstrung to protect the young royal against deadly creatures with murderous intent. Sometimes the fox is not the only unfortunate to be hunted.
On October 15th, Tor will release the Jeter’s sequel to Infernal Devices (my review of Infernal Devices) titled Fiendish Schemes. The beautiful cover art LOOKS like John Coulthart’s work. Angry Robot has re-released Infernal Devices and Morlock Night with some beautiful cover art by John Coulthart. October looks like a good month for steampunk.
In 1986 K. W. Jeter coined the term “steampunk,” applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned with Fiendish Schemes, a tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in new self-imposed exile…accumulating debts.
The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London, a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse—Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans of which he can only guess.
If he can locate and make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future, he is promised, is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but is more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity—and making money—than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and the steam-powered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world.
- Goodreads First Reads: Fiendish Schemes by K.W. Jeter (torforge.wordpress.com)
Another steampunk freebie … download it while Amazon has it for free. As you know, Amazon can change the price without notice. Take a moment to check that the price is still $0.00 before making your purchase.
The Adventures of Phineas Frakture
What if the Civil War never happened?
What if Queen Victoria was at odds with an Emperor named Ulysses S. Grant?
This is the question that plagues one man on his journey to discover his place in the universe. Should he sit by and let history take its course or stand up and make his presence known, changing the outcome for the better…or worse? Set in an alternate past of Victorian era Steampunk, The Adventures of Phineas Frakture follows the title character through a myriad of escapades involving mad scientists, monsters, and fantastic clockwork gadgets.
- Free Steampunk ebooks (gnostalgia.wordpress.com)
- Free steampunk ebook: By Means of Clockwork Selection (gnostalgia.wordpress.com)
This novelette is free on Amazon until September 1st.
By Means of Clockwork Selection
Connie survived the plague that devastated plants, animals and clockwork alike. Her life has settled into the relative peace of farming clockwork ponies and marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Bess. But the threat of plague is never far away. Mutated oaks are spreading over the ruins of London and stories of outbreaks abound. She fears the worst when a pony collapses, but the true cause is far more surprising. It might be the key to rebuilding the world. (A novelette.)
Grab these ebooks before the price goes back up! Take a moment to make sure that the price is still $0.00 before making your purchase.
Gears of a Mad God: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure
Proper young ladies in the 1920s don’t get dirty, and they certainly don’t get into fights. But Colleen’s favorite uncle has died under mysterious circumstances, and she wants answers. When a sinister cult comes after her, she pushes back – hard.
Soon she’s running for her life, hunted by the cult of Katharis and aided by a secret government agency. It will take all of her courage, all of her strength, and every steam-powered weapon she can devise to keep her alive long enough to unravel the mystery of her uncle’s death.
The cult thinks she knows her uncle’s secrets. They’ll do anything, hurt anyone, to make her talk. But they’ve made a grave mistake. Colleen is going to take the fight to them, again and again, until the people she cares about are safe – or have been avenged.
Book 1 of the Gears of a Mad God series.
Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices)
Book One of the Magnificent Devices series, a novel of 54,000 words.
London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.
At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.
When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .
Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery
Mystery, romance and adventure…
Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he’s been looking for, and the romance that he hasn’t.
Simon and Elizabeth’s developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city’s speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.
Nimbus: A Steampunk Novel
Seedy corporations and airship factions, demons and rogues, zealots and thieves…an epic tale of power, greed, and corruption.
Jude Finley is a new recruit aboard the Gangly Dirigible, an airship that extracts water from rainclouds. Having only lived above the Skyline for a year, Jude is still getting used to the way things work in the world above the clouds. While working aboard the airship, Jude and his friends uncover a secret which may or may not help them against a growing uprising that could spell doom for everyone on the planet.
Meanwhile, Demetrius Rucca, wheelchair-bound son of a prominent religious leader, begins recruiting followers for his own subversive cause. As allegiances are sworn to him and his followers grow, he begins to discover the new powers that lie within him. This power could be the salvation Demetrius is looking for–or it could be the destruction of the known world.
For Queen And Country – A Steampunk Fantasy Romance Novella
A steampunk airship of belly dancers travel to the courts of european kings and queens, dancing for their suppers. However Lady C, Lilly, Gertie, Penny, and Sera are more than just dancers, they are spies for Queen Victoria and the British Empire!
This is the first of five books that centers on Lady C. They Gypsy’s leader with a secret no one must ever know about. Because of this secret, she has kept the love of Lord Colin at arms’ length. However, when he joins the mission to capture an evil sultan, she cannot deny the feelings of love and lust.
But, no matter how good the sex is between them, Constance and Colin butt heads over who is in charge of the mission to capture the sultan Khalid Bin Bargash. Can Colin win over her heart, and can Constance teach Colin who is boss?
Perhaps the biggest danger we actually face is making TOO MANY rules, we must take inspiration from everywhere, stylistically we are not just Victorian we are Punk and New Romantic and Goth, Steampunk literature is there, but we mustn’t fall into the trap of only worshipping things with cogs. There are books now that just throw a few cogs in there just to relate to a Steampunk audience and that is not a good sign. we have to be more open. embrace Steamgoth with its depictions of darkness and monsters, but not ask for it to be too filled with machinery, embrace urban fantasy, depictions of other glittering worlds. be inspired by rockstars and dandies.
I suppose the best aspect of her essay is the pathos and her call for tolerance. Perhaps one of my favorite movements within steampunk is the multiculturalism. Much of steampunk is London-centric, but I can’t help but delight in new films like Tai Chi Zero and Tai Chi Hero.
Take a moment to check out Laura’s blog. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Looks like an awesome game from Artifex Mundi http://www.artifexmundi.com/page/news/
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink – Official Trailer
Gargantuan earthquakes devastate city after city. Dr. Ambrose Ink, one of the greatest minds of the steam revolution, has undertaken the task of explaining why these supernatural quakes are occurring.
His investigation leads him to Hochwald, the small mountain town at the foot of the Barber Family Castle. However, soon after his arrival, Ink disappears under mysterious circumstances.
The only person who can find the doctor and unravel the mystery of the earthquakes is secret agent Evangeline Glass. But to do so, she will have to infiltrate the closely-guarded castle and discover the secret agenda of its current resident — Gerhard Barber, the General Engineer of Gottland.
Her mechanical raven Matthew helps her along the way.
During her mission, Evangeline will uncover many secrets – some that burn, like hot, billowing steam, violently and permanently.
- • Discover a rich steampunk world (machines, sceneries, gadgets)
- • Meet Matthew — a mechanical raven, your companion during this adventure
- • Diversified “Gameplay adventure” — featuring hang gliding, impersonating soldiers, fighting mechanical golems
- • Explore 31 (38 in case of Collector’s Edition) hand-painted, unique locations
- • Three difficulty levels
- • Get 19 Achievements!
- • Find all the extraordinary mechanical insects to complete a unique collection!
- • Find 8 (11 – Collector’s Edition) hidden-object scenes
- • Complete 25 (31 in Collector’s Edition) addictive mini-games and riddles
- • Meet 12 diverse characters
- • The Collector’s Edition includes: an additional adventure, concept art collection, wallpapers and music from the game
Steampunk Emporium: Creating Fantastical Jewelry, Devices and Oddments from Assorted Cogs, Gears and Curios
by Jema “Emilly Ladybird” Hewitt
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: North Light Books
Make haste and pack your bags right away — you’re not going to want to delay this charming adventure! Whilst perusing the pages of Steampunk Emporium, the harrowing antics of Miss Emily Ladybird will engage you in the most enchanting of worlds. Join her as she records the adventures of intergalactic space pirates, undersea voyagers and Jurassic explorers — all the while, dabbling in the details of which baubles best benefit the venturesome class.
- 20 beautiful and whimsical designs accompanied by detailed step-by-step images and meticulous instruction.
- Projects ranging from decadent jewelry, medals of great distinction, wine charms for imbibers and many devices of note.
- Superb instruction for a variety of jewelry, polymer clay and mixed media techniques you can use in all your adornment escapades.
Let Steampunk Emporium outfit you for the unabashed adventure of a lifetime!
While much of the book is targeted to the female steampunk, there are several projects that will appeal to the Neo-Victorian guys. Some of the designs fall into the “glue some gears on it an call it steampunk” category, and I am a man who thinks that clock gears look best IN a clock. Having said that, Hewitt’s designs are lovely.
The book is packed with pictures and step-by-step instructions to recreate the various projects. I liked the little stories at the beginning of each project, they really set the mood. The book has a well developed Index and Resources at the back of the book.
All in all, I think that it is a fine resource for the person looking to add some final touches to their costume. While many of the designs were not to my taste, I found the book to be very inspirational. I give Steampunk Emporium 4 stars out of 5.