Airship vs. Flying Kraken: A Steampunk Primer on SFSignal

Hey! John DeNardo at SFSignal has once again been kind enough to host one of my guest posts, and this one supports my new Romulus Buckle short story, “An Officer and a Gentleman,” a prequel set in the Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin universe. The guest post, entitled “Airship vs. Flying Kraken: A Steampunk Primer” is a fun look at zeppelin crew tactics (complete with Air Corps Division Notes) and strategies when fighting the mythical alien beasties. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/11/richard-ellis-preston-jr-steampunk-primer/

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“An Officer and a Gentleman” FREE Short Story TOR.COM Exclusive

An Officer & a GentlemanHello and welcome to my blog. Thanks to TOR.COM, here below, and for a limited time (three weeks), you can download an exclusive free digital copy of my new short story An Officer and a Gentleman, which takes place within the world of my Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin steampunk adventure series (the short story is available at the end of this post and this OFFER ENDS 9 NOV 2014 NOW CLOSED).

NEWS: Also, Amazon has placed the Kindle versions of my first two full-length Romulus Buckle novels on sale for $3 each! (You can find them on the home page carousel or straight on Amazon if you’d like to pick them up).

TOR.COM is also providing an EXCLUSIVE FULL-ON FIRST LOOK at the Steampunk User’s Manual‘s gorgeous airship/kraken battle diagram (by Jeremy Zerfoss) on their website here (in case you wandered in from somewhere other than the TOR link, of course): http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/download-a-free-romulus-buckle-story-from-the-steampunk-users-manual

An Officer and a Gentleman is a prequel to the Pneumatic Zeppelin timeline. It recounts the day when the young Lieutenant Romulus Buckle faces his first great test under fire when his armed trader airship Bromhead is attacked and boarded by pirates.

SteampunkUsersManual-850This free An Officer and a Gentleman short story is being offered in conjunction with the release of the fabulous Steampunk User’s Manual:An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to creating retro-futurist Dreams by Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovitch. Along with a sumptuous journey through the creative wellhead of steampunk, The Steampunk User’s Manual also features an illustrated diagram of the heated airship versus kraken battle in my Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War novel. If you are a steampunk fan, reader and/or creative, this book is as close to a must-have as can possibly exist, in my opinion.

City of the Founders CoverPlease allow me a moment to introduce you to my Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin steampunk series, which includes Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders, Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War and the soon to be released (Jan, 2015) third installment, Romulus Buckle and the Luminiferous Aether.

This swashbuckling series follows the adventures of a war zeppelin crew across the skies of a post-apocalyptic California. Humanity has barely survived total extinction during a brutal alien invasion and has built a new Victorian-based, steam-powered civilization out of the frozen ashes of the old world. With war imminent, Captain Cover for Engines of WarRomulus Buckle and the crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must navigate a perilous, unknown landscape filled with treacherous enemies and alien beasts on a quest to defeat an evil power so profound it defies the imagination.

The heart of the Pneumatic Zeppelin story lies in its characters, and the crew of the mighty zeppelin includes Romulus, the dashing but damaged captain, Max, the beautiful, zebra-skinned, alien engineering officer, Sabrina, the red-headed navigator with a dark vendetta, and Ivan, the gawky Russian-blooded engineer who has a wugglebat for a pet.

Romulus Buckle III Final Luminiferous AetherIn the upcoming book, Romulus Buckle and the Luminiferous Aether, Captain Buckle and his officers run a submarine blockade in order to enter the mysterious underwater city of Atlantis. With an all out war looming, they follow clues which they hope will lead them to Elizabeth, Romulus’ kidnapped sister who is prophesied to be the key to victory and their own survival. But the journey to Atlantis is perilous and what awaits them in city is entirely unexpected. (Luminiferous Aether is schedule for release in January, 2015.)

Please DOWNLOAD my short story An Officer and a Gentleman below. I hope you enjoy the tale. Thanks for dropping by! (Offer ends 9 Nov 2014)

SORRY: THE EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD WINDOW HAS NOW CLOSED

(A big thanks to TOR.com, Jeff VanderMeer and the An Officer and Gentleman cover artist, Jeremy Zerfoss.)

(And please remember, both Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders and Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War are $3 each on Amazon Kindle right now until 16 Nov 2014!)

An Officer & a Gentleman