Friday, 19 June 2009

Steampunk Stories


Another dip into the aether in search of online steampunk fiction brings another batch of authors into the dazzlingly bright light of scrutiny!

Natania Barron may already be known to some 'punks and 'punkettes out there as the author of the Aldersgate Cycle set in a fantasy steampunk world. As she is no stranger to the aether, you may also listen to her read her The Aldersgate and subscribe to the podcast Alderpod here. As she says:

I figured, in this age of podcasting, why not record what I do? I knew I wanted to share The Aldersgate with readers, and the best method for this, I believe, is the podcast format. It’s storytelling in its most raw form, the oral tradition.
Other projects currently include Pilgrim of the Sky, a novel about a young woman who stumbles into a strange clockwork world. Whilst this is going on, she has also been producing short stories, the latest of which is Castledeck and the Arabella available as a pdf here. I urge you to visit her site.

Also hiding amongst the clouds of the aethernet is the UK's Rooksmoor, a somewhat shy individual who has ventured forth upon The Skyborne Corsair, following two earlier steampunk stories, 'The Grey Commission' and 'Clasped in an Iron Hand'

[The Skyborne Corsair] is a steampunk pirate story. I wanted to have a story in which the pirates were not amoral as they tend to be in the novels of Jules Verne and George Griffith but were clearly evil. I also wanted to react against the racist approaches that Jess Nevins sees as contaminating the Edisonade stories.
Laudible aims, and I urge you to see if he is succeeding!

Meanwhile, for those who wish to try their hand at publication for the new Steampunk Tales on the iPhone, the submission guidelines are here.