Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens

“When aliens reach Earth, they encounter the clockwork mechanisms and Victorian sensibilities of a full-blown steampunk civilization. Inspired by the classic science fiction adventure tales of the nineteenth century, leading fantasy and science fiction authors will bring us tales of first contact with a twist, as steam power meets laser cannons . . . and dirigibles face off against flying saucers . . .”

I’m one of the anchor authors for the new CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS. ALIENS Kickstarter anthology, along with Brad Beaulieu, Caitlin Kittredge, Gini Koch, Gail Z. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Ian Tregillis. If the Kickstarter successfully funds, the seven of us will write the first of the 14 stories planned for the volume, with the balance to come from authors yet to be selected. This is the first Kickstarter I’ve ever been a part of, so please be kind to it if you can!

I can’t say what direction my story will take . . . discussions at Readercon left me wanting to play with steampunk more than ever, and also flex the sensibilities of whatever I set in the milieu. It’ll definitely be a go-big-or-go-home sort of affair, as fits the high concept. Push us past our modest goal of $10,000 and I’ll be forced to get much more specific!

I Have Made eBooks!

QUEEN OF THE IRON SANDS rolls on, with the beginning of Chapter 8: Across Savage Mars now available! I’ll post the next two installments this week.

Also, for the first time ever, I have made eBooks! Using the exacting instructions provided by the excellent Guido Henkel in his formatting tutorials, I’ve put the first two chapters of QUEEN OF THE IRON SANDS into EPUB and MOBI formats. They’re available (completely for free) here. Just click on the links next to “Versions” and download ’em straight away.

Please, please feel free to send me any notes on foul-ups, bad form, misformatting, etc. Any feedback is very valuable, as I’m using these to practice (the QotIS test eBook is the result of 18 progressively improving iterations of the core file) for future releases of more work in e-formats.