Greetings! Welcome to the web blog of Her Majesty’s Research Airship Flamel, a depository of arcane bits of information about history, Victoriana, 19th century science, and steampunk.
I began this blog in June, 2014 as I was finishing up my first novel To Rule the Skies, a steampunk adventure novel. The hero of the story is Professor Nicodemus Boffin, who commands Her Majesty’s Research Airship Flamel on a voyage of scientific discovery, mystery, and adventure.
In the process of writing and researching the book, I would come across a myriad of interesting facts, historical coincidences, and other bits of information that I thought too good not to share. So started this blog.
Who am I? I am a scientist, a chemist by training, who has always been interested in writing, although until recently this has been exclusively technical and non-fiction writing. One day back around the summer of 2012, I wrote the start of a story, a one-page teaser about a Victorian scientist and his airship being waylaid by airpirates. I showed it to my two then teenaged sons and asked them if they wanted to see what came next. Happily they did, and my first beta readers gave me the confidence I needed to continue writing.
A few months later, NaNoWriMo rolled around, and I took my 12,000-word manuscript and ran with it. At the end of November, my word count was nearing 65,000, and more importantly I had reached the end of the story as I had envisioned it. After a lot of editing, my debut novel was finished and published in September 2014. To Rule the Skies is available as an ebook and in paperback.
In May 2017, I launched my second novel, a prequel to To Rule the Skies titled The Secret Notebook of Michael Faraday. This book relates some of Nicodemus Boffin’s history as well as telling the story of a strange mineral specimen that Professor Faraday (Boffin’s mentor) receives to analyze, and what happens when the curious stone falls into the wrong hands.
I’ve just published the third book in the series, Mr. Darwin’s Dragon, which takes place in the interim between my first two books, and features Charles Darwin pondering the question of why cultures all over the world have stories of dragons.
While this would be the conclusion of the traditional trilogy, I can guarantee there will be at least one more book in the Airship Flamel Adventures series.
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I can be contacted by email at email@example.com