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I’ve finally emerged blinking and growling from the editing cave where I have been hibernating for the past few months. “The Summer Goddess” is approximately 142k, and I’m leaving it alone now until “The Art of Forgetting : Nomad” is edited and pried from my sticky little fingers (April, all being well.)

In the meantime, I have no time to get bored because “Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion”, the steampunk anthology I have been editing with Roz Clarke, is looming up fast on the starboard bow. It’s due to be published by Wizard’s Tower in the next couple of weeks, and it looks like this :

Airship cover by Andy Bigwood

Airship cover by Andy Bigwood

Take a walk around Bristol, and history seeps from the walls. The city can claim more than its fair share of firsts, including the first iron-hulled steamship, the first female doctor, the first chocolate bar and the first use of nitrous oxide as an anaesthetic, the invention of the Plimsoll line, the first undersea telegraph cable, the world’s first test tube baby and the first transplant organ grown from stem cells, and a large share of the world’s first supersonic airliner. Now, from this fertile ground comes an anthology charting other realities and alternate histories, in a collection as rich and varied as the true history of this great British city.

— Gareth L. Powell

Bringing together tales from the light and dark sides of Steampunk. Living ghosts, walking ferns and ingenious androids populate versions of the city at once familiar and peculiar. Above them soar the magnificent men, and women, in their flying machines. Whether they’re seeking release, revenge or adventure, the characters in these stories will draw you down the side-streets of Bristol to the brass and steam filled worlds you never dreamed were there.

Contents

  • Case of the Vapours, by Ken Shinn
  • Brassworth, by Christine Morgan
  • The Lesser Men Have No Language, by Deborah Walker
  • Brass and Bone, by Joanne Hall
  • The Girl with Red Hair, by Myfanwy Rodman
  • Artifice Perdu, by Pete Sutton
  • Miss Butler and the Handlander Process, by John Hawkes-Reed
  • Something In The Water, by Cheryl Morgan
  • The Chronicles of Montague and Dalton: The Hunt for Alleyway Agnes, by Scott Lewis
  • The Sound of Gyroscopes, by Jonathan L. Howard
  • Flight of Daedalus, by Piotr Świetlik
  • The Traveller’s Apprentice, by Ian Millsted
  • Lord Craddock: Ascension, by Stephen Blake
  • The Lanterns of Death Affair, by Andy Bigwood

It’s up on Goodreads now if you want to add it to your TBR, and e-copies should be available in the Wizard’s Tower bookstore in the next week or so.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20742290-airship-shape-and-bristol-fashion

http://wizardstowerpress.com/

The book is available in e-book, paperback and very limited edition hardback – if you’d like to reserve a hardback contact me via the Talk to me form, or Cheryl at Wizard’s Tower, as soon as possible.

I’m looking forward to this, we’re been working on it for a very long time and it has some cracking stories in it, several of them by previously unpublished authors. I hope you enjoy it.

We also have plans for an exciting launch event which are coming to fruition – I’ll keep you posted!

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