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Steampunk Fortnight

The Buntline Special (Excerpt)

, || Welcome to a West like you've never seen before, where electric lights shine down on the streets of Tombstone, while horseless stagecoaches carry passengers to and fro, and where death is no obstacle to The Thing That Was Once Johnny Ringo. Think you know the story of the O.K. Corral? Think again, as five-time Hugo winner Mike Resnick takes on his first steampunk western tale, and the West will never be the same.

Tom and Tombstone

The real Thomas Alva Edison was born a bit up the road from my Cincinnati home in in Milan, Ohio, in 1847. His accomplishments are well-known enough that I needn’t enumerate them here.

But when Lou Anders of Pyr asked me to write a “Weird Western” for him, with a strong dose of steampunk, I knew that along with gunslingers and the like, I had to make use of Edison, given the dates of his major breakthroughs.

The Buntline Special, which comes out in December (you can read an excerpt here) had the government move Edison to Tombstone, Arizona for plot purposes, so I asked myself: what would Tombstone look like after he’d been there for awhile?

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Series: Steampunk Fortnight

The Buntline Special (Excerpt)

We hope you enjoy this preview of The Buntline Special, out in December 2010 from Pyr Books.

PROLOGUE

From the September 7, 1881, issue of the Tombstone Epitaph

THE BRIGHTEST LITTLE TOWN IN THE WEST by John P. Clum, Publisher

Today marks one full year since Tombstone became the first city, not just in America but in the world, to be illuminated by artificial electric light, thanks to our two resident geniuses, Thomas Alva Edison and Ned Buntline. The Epitaph thinks it’s time to salute these two gentlemen, without whom life in our fair city would certainly be less bright.

Ned Buntline moved to Tombstone from Dodge City three years ago, and since that time he has invented a type of brass that cannot be penetrated by bullets. Most of the outlying ranch houses and barns are now covered by this remarkable material, and of course those who live in town daily pass buildings constructed of Mr. Buntline’s brass, which was also used in the construction of our lovely and ornate lampposts.

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Series: Steampunk Fortnight