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Steampunk Fortnight

The Greyfriar (Excerpt)

, || Rousing pulp action and steampunk come together in a spellbinding story of high adventure and alternate history. In the year 1870, a horrible plague of vampires swept over the northern regions of the world. It is now 2020 and a bloody reckoning is coming. Princess Adele is heir to the Empire of Equatoria, a remnant of the old tropical British Empire. When she becomes the target of a merciless vampire clan, her only protector is the Greyfriar, a mysterious hero who fights the vampires from deep within their territory. Their dangerous relationship plays out against an approaching war to the death between humankind and the vampire clans.

Marlowe Never Sleeps

Ah, Philip Marlowe. He’s the greatest detective in American literature, but one who hasn’t always been served by his films. Maybe that’s because he’s more complex than the usual private eye. Maybe it’s because the plots of Raymond Chandler’s novels are difficult to follow, without a clear narrative spine. Another blog entry in Noir Week discusses the most famous Marlowe film adaptation, Bogart’s The Big Sleep, so I will go elsewhere and talk about all the other big screen versions of Philip Marlowe, and there are many.

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Series: Noir Week on

Jane! Stop This Crazy Thing!

Remember when the future was a wonderful thing? Well, it was in the 1960s in the world of The Jetsons.

The future was all about push buttons which could improve our lives and create new efficiency. Meals came at the push of a button. Music came at the push of a button. Cars came at the push of a button. Raincoats came at the push of a button. However, what even push buttons couldn’t do was recreate the human being.

To wit: Meet George Jetson. Space Age Everyman. Atom Age John Doe. Post-Modern Schlub.

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Series: Dystopia Week

Superman is Good for America; Batman, Not So Much

On the heels of the recent Bat-week here at, I felt compelled to offer a dissenting opinion about Batman’s best friend/greatest enemy, Superman, the Man of Steel. Of course, the Superman v. Batman debate has been going on for centuries (or so) and there are many facets to this important social issue. I will present several of those facets, although not necessarily the most important or coherent.

First of all, I admit that I AM A SUPERMAN GUY. Leading scientists have long recognized that there are two fundamental species of humans: Superman people and Batman people. I don’t say they cannot coexist; they can. In fact, Susan, my wife and co-author, is a Batman person. That’s why she’s not co-authoring this blog, because this blog isn’t a debate. It’s here to lay out facts (as I see them) as to why Superman is super awesome, and Batman isn’t. If Susan wants to argue, she knows where to find me.

[Enter the Fortress of Solitude]

Do Goggles Block the Sun? Steampunk in Africa

When you think of steampunk, do you think of Africa?

Most likely, you do not.

However, we hope to convince you (if you need convincing) that Africa has much to offer steampunk fiction. One stereotypical overview of steampunk is that it exists only to celebrate Victorian British society, including the cultural superiority of imperialism. However, there are also many loud voices inside the genre community who speak for cultural and geographical diversity, and that includes African influence. We hope to add to that clamor.

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Series: Steampunk Fortnight

The Greyfriar (Excerpt)

We hope you enjoy this preview from our friends at Pyr Books! Vampire Empire #1: The Greyfriar comes out on November 2nd.

“Your Highness would be safer below. It’s getting dark. Vampires are very unpredictable.”

“Thank you, Colonel. I believe I’ll stay on deck a bit yet. It’s quite warm. That should keep the beasties quiet. Yes?”

Princess Adele noticed a slight smile on the dark, chiseled face of Colonel Mehmet Anhalt who stood close to her, as was his habit. Under her gaze, the short but powerfully built Gurkha officer covered his bemusement by clearing his throat and offering his brass telescope. “In that case, Your Highness, would you care to have a look?”

[Vampires ahoy]

Series: Steampunk Fortnight

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