Tue
Oct 20 2009 6:30pm

Steampunk Month Giveaway: James Blaylock’s The Ebb Tide

The phenomenal Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press has graciously offered five copies of James Blaylock’s The Ebb Tide to Tor.com readers for our Steampunk Month giveaways! The Ebb Tide is a novella in the same world as his other Langdon St. Ives stories, and it is full of steampunky goodness. Here’s the summary: 

A flaming meteor over the Yorkshire Dales, a long-lost map drawn by the lunatic Bill “Cuttle” Kraken, and the discovery of a secret subterranean shipyard beneath the River Thames lead Professor Langdon St. Ives and his intrepid friend Jack Owlesby into the treacherous environs of Morecambe Bay, with its dangerous tides and vast quicksand pits. They descend beneath the sands of the Bay itself, into a dark, unknown ocean littered with human bones and the remnants of human dreams. In this tale of murder, infamy, and Victorian intrigue, the tides of destiny shift relentlessly and rapidly as the stakes grow ever higher and the pursuit more deadly....

Sound intriguing? Subterranean has the full audio of “Lord Kelvin’s Machine,” another Langdon St. Ives adventure, available for free at their website. Give it a listen, and be sure to check out Subterranean’s full catalog of fantastic fiction.

The Rules: To get this giveaway, all you need to do is comment (once—duplicates won’t count) on this post. The winners will be selected at random. You have until noon EST on Friday, October 23rd, to comment here. Please check your e-mail on this day—you have 24 hours to respond before I select a new winner.

 


Torie Atkinson must constantly resist temptation during Steampunk Month.

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368 comments
jefff
2. jefff
I'm in! Please...
Lisa Grabenstetter
3. magneticcrow
Ooh, new forays into the genre are good. Count me in!
jefff
7. Ken St. Andre
Blaylock is an awesome author. I purely admire his work, and would love to have this book.
Angela True
8. colleen
Sounds like an interesting read. Does the contest end on Thursday or Friday? Friday will be the 23rd.
jefff
9. LouWW
I'd love to try this!
Tim Novak
10. Spiderbox
I am always interested in Blaylock's work.
jefff
11. photon
i'd like to read this too
Jacob Silvia
13. aethercowboy
can I has book? plz?

Seriously, it looks very, very interesting.
jefff
14. Schleproque
Blaylock kicks ass. I want this book.
jefff
15. JohnW750
Blaylock and SubPress are both great! I'd love to win a copy.
Torie Atkinson
16. Torie
@ 8 Colleen

D'oh! It's Friday. Fixed. Thanks!
jefff
17. Sarawackadoo
Looks good.
jefff
19. James C. Wallace Ii
Looks like I'm in too...
jefff
20. Deadly Knitshade
Steampunk, you say?

In. :)
jefff
26. steampunk4ever
Me! Me!
Michael Below
27. ediFanoB
That would be my first James P Blaylock book. I need more steampunk books.
jefff
28. nomnomnomnom
Comment'd.
jefff
30. antraxa
can I have it? please? :)
Erick Johnson
34. eljohnso
Please? It'd look real nice next to my SubPress Adventures of Langdon St. Ives.
jefff
36. kkimi
I'd love to read this!!!
Erica Bre
37. ericalynnb
Sounds interesting, and thanks for the tip about the audio on subterranean's website!
jefff
40. Rubydog
Wow! I'd love to win this title.
Great contest.
jefff
41. Jun1u5
Keep up the steampunk features!
jefff
44. Mark Heath
Love blaylock.
jefff
45. ChuckEye
Consider me entered. (Comment #45, 5 books up for grabs... if nobody else enters, 1 in 9 chance. I'll take those odds...)
Brady Allen
46. akabrady
Dang, I screwed up the odds! Anyway, good luck everyone!
jefff
49. C. Daetwyler
I've been hunting for this one without success. *looks hopeful*
jefff
54. G Krisch
Pick me, please.
jefff
55. Cory Gross
Sure! Me too!
jefff
56. Ben-M
Very generous of you Bill, and thanks Tor!
felipe lopez
57. lupercus
friday 23rd is my birthday, and this is the only langdon st. ives i still don't have.
Aimee Stewart
58. Foxfires
Huzzah!! That would be a win to be chuffed about!
George Baker
60. wraeththu
I haven't read this one, but I'd like to.
jefff
61. StephS
It has a character with the last name of "Kraken"? Cool!
jefff
63. mundiel
The novella summary sounds fascinating, and thanks all for the great contest.
jefff
65. borderorient
Just getting into steampunk, and this would be a fine addition. Please enter me.
jefff
66. glinda
Commenting here.
Tim Lewis
68. RaPToRFunK
Underwater steampunk goodness? Count me in.
jefff
69. Comrade Matt
something something
jefff
70. dayzieb
Love Subterrenean. Will read anything they publish.
Ashe Armstrong
71. AsheSaoirse
I would very much like some reading material.
Todd Johansen
72. Gher06
Wooohooo. I'd love to be entered. Which is why I have commented.
jefff
73. ncBill
Sounds like a plan to me!
jefff
77. Arithmos
Awesome looking book! Look forward to reading it one way or another.
Mike McD
78. msmcdon
monosyllabic
comments seem insufficient
to win lovely books
jefff
79. old folkie
Lord Kelvin's Machine was a chiller of a thriller. Will sizzling memories of that steaming tome drift away on the Ebb Tide? To know, one must read!
jefff
80. Matt Keeley
Steampunk and Subterranean? I'm in.
Chris Hall
81. bookwormchris
Interesting. I've heard of this book, will have to put it on my list assuming I don't win.
Mary O'Dea
82. thorn
This one's been on my list since I first read about it here ~
nat ward
84. smonkey
ahh.....when I win my lovely
copy of homunculus will have a friend
Oscar Nelson
85. oscar.nelson
Wish I knew where my copies of the Balumnia trilogy were. Blaylock has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I thought about picking up a copy of The Ebb Tide when I saw Sub Press was putting it out but couldn't justify the expense :/
jefff
87. mariesteves
ebaaaa!
de de dedos cruzados!
fingers crossed in portuguese1
jefff
88. sunjah
Mmmm, Blaylock!
Eldwin Truong
89. eltzjy
Count me in. Neat, free audiobook too.
jefff
90. baronjonah
Blaylock Me.
jefff
91. Kazimak Tempest
Count me in.
jefff
93. EddV
Blaylock is a very good writer. I'd be happy to own this.
jefff
98. EugeneB
Shishkebab...gimme!
jefff
99. ldraxx
Love James Blaylock! I have all his books except for this one!
jefff
100. deadjack
Definitely want a chance at this one.
jefff
102. Dr. Tucker
Consider this commented.
jefff
103. Alden Ash
To comment, or not to comment?
Clifton Royston
106. CliftonR
Blaylock is a fantastic author, and I would be honored to fail to win this as I fail to win all the other contests I enter.
jefff
109. Celtic knotwork
I have most of his other books, and would love to win this one to add to my collection.
jefff
111. zorrah
Would love to win it!
jefff
113. Phil Moulton
I've read a couple of Blaylock's books & very much appreciate the chance to win another.

Great competitions by the way.
James Butterfield
114. jimmyb
I'll not bluff
I can't get enough
Of this free stuff
It makes me woof
jefff
117. Sci-Fi Gene
Count me in - would love to read this.
jefff
118. DemetriosX
Oh yes please. I love Blaylock.
Andy Leighton
119. andyl
Assuming this is a worldwide thing, I'm in. I've liked the Langdon St Ives stuff for a long time.
Pasi Kallinen
120. paxed
Yes, please. (No mention of geographical restrictions, so I'm also assuming)
jefff
121. SerhumXen
Never read one, count me in.
Tomasz Galazka
122. tetrix
OHHHHH, me want. Me want bad. Badder'n anything? Maybe not, but you wouldn't want to check, 'pon my word.
jefff
123. M. A. Romer
Well, count me in. I want it and, for all Heavens, I shall have it!
nadav shner
124. nadav1
G'day. I would,very much, like to read about white bones in dark dunky places. Pick ME
jefff
125. PapaThanatos
I love contests, never win them but love them anyway
jefff
127. Mikoday
I'd love this book. Thanks.
jefff
129. Rob Blake
Oooo - I need this to go with my copy of Langdon St. Ives !!!
jefff
132. SilviaElmsworth
Posting! Posting!
jefff
133. gt0163c
Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!
jefff
134. DeanaWS
I read "Lord Kelvin's Machine" in a recent Steampunk story collection. I enjoyed it and would like to see more!
jefff
136. akaShoe
Well, here goes nuthin'.
jefff
139. ofabookworm
Ooooh! I'm in!
Justin Adair
141. Hobbyns
I'm in. I'm consistently late to these things since moving, but I seem to have found this one in time.
jefff
142. Coffeeswiller
Count me in!
Scott Senften
144. senften
I'm in...would love to check out this novella
jefff
145. Joe Wetterling
Always love reading something new. I hope I win. :)
Thanks for making the copies available!
jefff
146. OtterB
Looks great, would love to read this.
jefff
149. ctaylor
Sounds like a great read!
jefff
154. Chaffro
This is my comment and my comment is this.
jefff
156. jonwings40
I would love to read this. Count me in.
jefff
160. garetJax
sound like a good one.
jefff
163. kunger00
This would be a nice addition to my shelf.
jefff
164. quegymo
I promise to read it while wearing my brass goggles.
jefff
165. aliwood
So many comments! But if you don't comment, you don't even have a slight chance...
jefff
170. Snowkestrel
Please and thank-you.
jefff
173. wandering-dreamer
Sounds interesting, commenting!
jefff
174. janeite42
yay steampunk and yay giveaways!
Church Tucker
175. Church
Steampunk is just goth with a clock on your hat (but that hat is in the ring for this one.)
April Vrugtman
178. dwndrgn
I'm glad I don't have to resist temptation!
jefff
179. Shamrock Jack
I am a fan of his other work, this should be good.
Paul Weimer
180. PrinceJvstin
I'm intrigued. I've somehow missed reading other work by him...
jefff
183. Kevin Faulk
Very interested.
Thomas Bowman
185. Thomas.Bowman
I so missed the Boneshaker giveaway...hope I can get this one. Thanks Tor.
jefff
186. Donna Royston
I'm in and hoping to win.
jefff
187. Bethanyfig
Looks intriguing.
jefff
188. tterrag
Fingers officially crossed!
jefff
189. This is my name
Looks great!
jefff
190. Octomorph
loved Lord Kelvin's Machine, would love a copy of this one!
Shay D.
191. shaydchara
Might as well jump on the Steampunk bandwagon. ^_^
jefff
193. Rob Slater
No comment.
jefff
195. Durandal
Blaylock? Oh, hell yeah. Sign me up.
jefff
197. gina-lagina
OOOOooooh! me please!

and thanks for the giveaway!
Todd Rathier
198. trathier
Lord Kelvin's Machine was really good. I'm looking forward to the rest.
jefff
199. bmeaker
Looks and sounds interesting.
Patrick Shepherd
200. hyperpat
I need more steam-powered clockwork. My home is not cluttered up enough!
jefff
202. aoifeharper
pick me! pretty please?
jefff
203. Aimee Green
I'm loving all this steampunk content.
Valentyne Martinek
204. Valentyne
Note to self: start reading James Blaylock
jefff
206. smbass
More Blaylock. Got to be good
jefff
208. Ryan Flowers
Sounds like a good book :-)
Rose
212. RoseKing
Haven't read many steampunk books before but this one sounds like a good story :)
jefff
213. Sue R.
Oh! Steampunk. Count me in!!! Lets see how my luck is.
jefff
215. unseeliepixie
Want. More. Steampunk. Fiction.
jefff
216. LiteraryMind
I'd love to add this to my library...
jefff
218. CocoVamp
Something else to be added to my 'to-be-read' list, my art theory books are never gonna get a look in.
Jessie McKenzie
219. CocoVamp
Oops please forgive the double post, but did the first one not count because I wasn't logged in?
jefff
220. azmodean
ooh! ooh! me! me! :)
Daljit of NORN
221. Enforcer
I'm loving steampunk month so far, and adding SubPress books to it makes it that much better. They make some fantastic books. I recently got my copy of Songs of a Dying Earth and it is simply gorgeous. Hopefully I can expand my tiny SubPress library with some fine steampunk fiction... ;)
jefff
224. miss gallowglass
sure, why not.
jefff
225. RanMac
I want a copy
jefff
227. RabidFox
I don't read nearly enough novella-length fiction. This looks promising, so I'll throw my name in the hat.
Nicole Cantwell
228. NclCntwll
Nifty. I could definitely make room in my ever expanding library for a fabulous steampunk book.
Bill Williams
230. billsquared
SubPress rawks, and not just because they're located around the corner from my old house.
jefff
231. Fred Lerner
I've always been an admirer of Blaylock's deceptively gentle fiction. I'd love to read this one.
jefff
232. JRausch
sounds cool! Love Steampunk.
jefff
233. shrain78
Sounds intriguing. I'd really like to get into Steampunk more. A free copy of Ebb Tide sure would help. ;)
jefff
234. Mirtila J. Lovelace
I Love lockets! (and books!)
jefff
235. cawingcrow
Sounds interesting.
jefff
236. Amy Pat Smith
Count me in!
Susan Meek
237. smeek1958
I'd love to add this wonderful book to my collection!
jefff
238. coffeemuses
free books...have I died and gone to heaven?
jefff
239. CaptSlick
ALWAYS looking for a new tale in which to lose myself. Looks awesome!
jefff
240. huskerbeck
I'm in - - - feeling lucky?>? I hope!
jefff
242. Hammerlock
This interests me!
jefff
243. Jimwithgoggles
The cover looks great. I'd love to win.
jefff
246. mzipser
It's a Blaylock! Want it! I'm in.
jefff
247. jleonard5870
Dibs! Err.... shotgun! Err... how does one call dibs through an internet comment and make it stick?
;)
jefff
248. Val Lies
An interesting adventure. Count me in, too.
jefff
250. shaidar
sounds like an interesting read!
jefff
252. Mickie T
Sounds like just the thing to give my brother for Christmas. (After I read it first, of course.)
jefff
253. rjshirts
I'd love to read this.
jefff
257. Mike Timonin
Oh, the possibility of expanding my library! How can I resist.
jefff
260. Bagoombah
We enter and try to get notice with a shout
For a few books tossed about
But random choice for those prevail
All the others only fail
Thomas Hickey
261. lancre
Blaylock isn't an author I'm familiar with, but the precis looks interesting.
jefff
262. eileensc
Sounds like good clean fun. I want!
jefff
265. Beth C.
Count me in.
jefff
266. gaygeek
Oooh, I hope I get this one. It would appease my collecting urge for a time.
jefff
269. nancileigh
Blaylock's been one of my favs for years!
jefff
273. brass_badger
Intriguing indeed.
Gary Schaper
276. Garyfury
You can never have too much steampunk.
jefff
277. Toth Mythril
More to read, I can't wait. I love to check out new authors.
jefff
279. Inzenity
Looks great! Thanks for offering this!
Sean Purvis
280. stp115
I would like this. *Crosses fingers, but not toes. That would be weird*
jefff
282. mgdwyer
Please please please....
Lance D
283. lance
Please enter my name in the contest drawing. Thank you
jefff
284. krispy
I love steampunk! I'm always after new and interesting reads like this. Sounds like the premiss is solid and I can't wait to crack open the book and start reading it.
jefff
288. AsylumGirl
Pick me! Pick me!
jefff
289. kazul
I'd love a copy!
Thanks for the chance!
jefff
291. moondivatx
I'd love it....please sign:
Dear Deborah, you've been steampunked!!!!
Jonathan
292. Lithearium
I hope I win. Good luck to everyone entering!
jefff
293. nlunsford
Looks like fun.
jefff
294. cubeslave
Winning isn't everything, but it is more interesting than losing.
jefff
295. emort18
Blaylock is a great fun writer to read
jefff
296. Jd1044
Sounds like a DiVinci Code book set in a fantasy world
jefff
297. loveslave
Blaylock's writing is fantastic. Can't wait to read it.
jefff
298. Stormfield
Pick me pick me!
jefff
299. dolo724
Who could have suspected that the popularity of gaslamp fantasies would surpass reasonable expectations? Not I, I say.
jefff
300. spazdog
Such creativity from Blaylock again teases ones imagination to life and warrants yet another must read...
jefff
301. Ben Redshaw
*crosses fingers* it sounds really interesting
jefff
302. ubrgeek
Too cool for school :)
jefff
303. JenJ
Here's to luck! I need something to read.
Sandi Kallas
306. Sandikal
I love the cover. I'd like a copy, please!
jefff
308. stlpunster
Cool beans. I'm in.
jefff
309. datsun810
So the lunatic's name is Kraken as in John Wyndham's book "The Kraken Wakes." Cool. I think steampunk has the potential to have more staying power than the old "new wave" sf of years ago.
Adam Lipkin
310. yendi
Count me in. Blaylock's always worth the read.
jefff
311. Graeme Williams bis
If it's half as good as All the Bells on Earth, I'm really looking forward to reading it.
jefff
314. drunes
Blaylock... steampunk!
jefff
315. Crowbabe
The best books in life are free!
jefff
317. Park-Avenue Princess
I'd LOVE to read and review this! Thanks for the chance!!

x0xx Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

IAmHiMaintenance@aol.com
jefff
318. aurel black
Looks pretty interesting!
jefff
319. Srecko Milosavljevic
trying my luck :)
jefff
321. morgan834
Steampunk is cool stuff!
jefff
322. Sara Dee
Hey, this does sound intriguing...sign me up for the contest, please. Thanks for the opportunity!
jefff
324. vaporouscrow
I think this should be interesting.....as very!!!!!
jefff
327. Nicole Ramsey
Better late than never.
jefff
329. addisonblitz
I'd read this.
jefff
330. Stinky
I'd love to win, if I could love.
Cynthia Ahmar
331. tenkuu
Sound interesting, and my comment should still be on time too.
jefff
332. skrzypcia
is there an excerpt available somewhere?
Liina Poropudas
335. Liina
i thought i commented already, but apparently didn't. i want this, i do :)
jefff
336. lsmithmier
Posting y'all.
jefff
339. chromiumman
oh this is very cool - thanks
jefff
340. sparask
... and in the pithy ocean lay the book .... in tatters
jman jman
341. jman
Wow the plot sounds interesting, hope in some luck for a chance to read it for free! ;)

Thanks tor.com!
jefff
342. cp.tar
I can haz book? Mebbe I stopz riting laik dis!
jefff
343. aero47
Tor rocks!
Hey, who said flattery never gets you anywhere? LOL ^_^
jefff
345. SpaceCadet
Hey, Free Audio and a giveaway...I'm in!
jefff
346. filuhyre
The book sounds intriguing. Count me in!
Torstein Olsen
347. postkassa
Please please please let it be meee...
Tony Warren
349. AdrianConquest
If the story's half as good as the cover art, it should be worth the read.
jefff
350. Makeu
I want to discover steam punk litterature !
Shirley Robb
351. StarDrifterAu
An author I have not read and by the summary I would love to see where this story goes.
jefff
352. Jaminra
very cool -- i love this newsletter -- and I love giveaways -- he he LOL
jefff
353. aimm7
My fingers are crossed!
jefff
354. DragonReader
Nice of you to give this away! I'm really enjoying steampunk month...
jefff
355. dorothy l
sounds like a good book please enter me
Jeremy Monts
357. monts
So where are all the steampunk vampire romance novels? Need some new stuff to read!
Trey Palmer
358. Pilgrim
Huh. I thought I'd entered this one.
jefff
359. TommyO
Cool, I need exposure to new authors, and free is the right price.
jefff
360. Chu-Chu
Sounds interesting. Always looking for the next author to follow zealously.
jefff
364. Hendiii
Oi! Me too!
jefff
366. olddude
I would really be happy to win the locket to give to my wife for her 75th birthday in November.
Kim Green
367. Kender
Muah hah hah haaa... much derring don't here...
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