Storming the sorrow

Today I’m posting a short flash fiction response to Herman Kok’s Song Title Challenge ‘Storm the Sorrow’, by Epica – a Dutch band whose genre has been described as symphonic metal. Also progressive metal, gothic metal, death metal, thrash metal and…uh…folk metal. Herman’s challenge is to not listen to the song and write something creative that has nothing … More Storming the sorrow

Flash fiction: Arthur Deco’s Steam Aerostat Adventure

I posted yesterday, on request, about ways to make steampunk fiction credible. Writing that post inspired me to produce a short piece of my own. As usual on Mondays, it is – well, you’ll see… Arthur Deco’s Steam Aerostat Adventure The mist stopped Arthur Deco making out the aerostat as he approached the airfield, but perhaps that was better. Actually, … More Flash fiction: Arthur Deco’s Steam Aerostat Adventure

Worldbuilding: credible steampunk and how to write it real

The other day a reader from the Netherlands asked me for help with a story. How, specifically, to describe a commercial steampunk airship. Funnily enough, I did just that in a science fiction book I wrote a few years back, Fantastic Pasts (Penguin 2008). I included an airship tale but had a terrible job getting the punch-line ending … More Worldbuilding: credible steampunk and how to write it real