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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“The Steampunk User’s Manual” has arrived!

Here we go – it is book release week for The Steampunk User’s Manual by Jeff VanderMeer (Southern Reach, Wonderbook) and Desirina Boskovich (and the brilliant assistance of Ann VanderMeer, Adam Mills and Selena Chambers).

SteampunkUsersManual-850Desirina’s description of the book is perfect: “It’s an unbelievably gorgeous book…which thanks to the generosity and expertise of hundreds of contributors, is filled with creative wisdom, Steampunk history, forward-looking insights, mind-bending exercises, step-by-step projects, surreal alternate histories, artistic challenges that are fantastic in scope, and amazing art on every page.”SUM page 1

 

SUM title pageSUM--Irene GalloGreat stuff! And they were kind enough to include the kraken/airship battle sequence from my steampunk adventure novel Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War in a gorgeous two-page feature illustrated by the bearded and swashbuckling Jeremy Zerfoss.This is the first time I have had the honor of being included in this kind of collection and it has been a great experience.

Steampunk Users Manual--PrestonPlease check it out if interested!

Below are some great links to descriptions and introductions to the book:

Jeff VanderMeer’s Ecstatic Days blog: http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2014/10/06/the-steampunk-users-manual-its-release-week/
SF Signal Sneak Peek: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/10/steampunk-users-manual-sneak-peek/