Our Enduring Preoccupation with Premature Burial  — The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice

Reposted from The Chururgion’s Apprentice blog…

Taphephobia (fear of being buried alive) has to be the ultimate claustrophobia.

Hours before he died, George Washington told his secretary: “Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.” This kind of request was not uncommon. In an era when putrefaction was the only sure sign of death, many people […]

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Victorian Scientists writing poetry — Collecting Reality

Back in 2011, New Scientist magazine produced an excellent article on poetry written by Victorian scientists, including the great James Clark Maxwell. In 1865 he demonstrated that electric and magnetic fields travel through space as waves moving at the speed of light. https://www.newscientist.com/article/1966743-rhyme-and-reason-the-victorian-poet-scientists/ The poems the article mentions are collected here: https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/poetry/ They are quite […]

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Some Time Later–now available!

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For the past three years, the authors participating in Clockwork Alchemy, San Jose, California’s steampunk con, have put together short story anthologies the proceeds from which are donated to various organizations promoting literacy.  The concept is simple–each author writes two short stories separated by a duration of time.  Two years ago, it was Twelve Hours Later.  Last year it was Thirty Days Later.  This year the theme is Some Time Later–giving the authors a bit more chronological leeway.

I am honored to have been able to participate in this event for the last two years, and proud to announce that this year’s anthology launched last weekend at Clockwork Alchemy 2017 and is now available.

My stories feature a band of rather hapless air pirates searching for the lost treasure of Atlantis.  These same pirates also feature prominently in my recently launched steampunk novel The Secret Notebook of Michael Faraday.

Half-price sale on To Rule the Skies

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In anticipation of the release of my new book The Secret Notebook of Michael Faraday, I am running a special 50% off special on my previous book To Rule the Skies.

The special is only on Smashwords and is only for the ebook version.  (Of course, if you’d like the paperback version, it’s always available at Amazon.)

My new book will be released in May, and is a prequel to To Rule the Skies. The novel tells the early story of Nicodemus Boffin (the hero of To Rule the Skies) from his upbringing as an uncommonly clever boy in the slums of East London through his very unlikely meeting with the greatest scientist of the day, Michael Faraday, who mentors him to reach his full potential.  Nicodemus accidentally discovers a secret notebook that Professor Faraday has kept, and strives to keep its contents from falling into the hands of Viscount Whitehall-Barnes who believes the book may hold the secret to immense wealth and power.

To get the ebook version of To Rule the Skies at the discounted price of $1.50, use coupon code YQ66C .  Offer ends on March 12, 2017.

A Century of Sartorial Style: A Visual Guide to 19th Century Menswear

I found this article very informative and well-researched. While there is much information about women’s fashions of the time, finding examples of men’s clothes are rarer. I’ll be referring back to this frequently as I edit my next book.

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Individual Collage Images Courtesy of LACMA, Met Museum, and the Kyoto Costume Institute. Individual Collage Images Courtesy of LACMA, Met Museum, and the Kyoto Costume Institute.

Men’s fashion changed very little during the nineteenth century, especially when compared to women’s fashion of the same period. For this reason, I thought it better to provide a general overview of the century, looking at changes decade-by-decade as opposed to year-by-year. In this manner, you can see the slow evolution of nineteenth century menswear, from the Regency dandyism of Beau Brummell to the matched three-piece suits of the late Victorian era. Changes were subtle, but significant, each of them moving men’s fashion one step closer to the elegant silhouettes still evidenced in fashionable menswear of today.

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The Anteprologue to “To Rule the Skies”–Redux

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Back in September 2014, when I was preparing to launch my first book To Rule the Skies, I posted on this blog, an Anteprologue to the novel, that is, a prologue that comes before the actual prologue that begins the book.  At the time, I likened it to the short between-seasons webisodes that Doctor Who was presenting, or the Marvel One-Shots that served to connect the various Marvel Cinema movies.

I’ve continued to putter on this piece and have now re-written it a bit and fixed what I thought were some inconsistencies.  So, in celebration of 2016 Clockwork Alchemy, San Jose’s steampunk con that’s taking place this weekend, I’ve now published it as a free download on Smashwords. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.  If you like it, you might be interested in the novel that it’s an anteprologue of, also available on Smashwords as an ebook for everything but Kindle, and on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

And if you’re at Clockwork Alchemy this weekend, stop by Author’s Alley and say Hi to me and all the other talented authors that will be there.