Airships & Automata is collection of fascinating, enthralling and inventive short stories, stretching the imaginations of readers with an interest in steampunk, put together by Cogsmith Publishing.
Cogsmith Publishing is a new small press publisher primarily interested in working within the Steampunk genre. We have assembled an anthology of nine short stories by writers who have published within this genre before alongside those who do write science fiction but have not specifically written steampunk before.
Although a variety of definitions of what constitutes steampunk have been offered, none have been accepted by all so we decided to ask the writers to submit stories that fit within the definition of 'science fiction inspired by the Victorian aesthetic' and which mention as a part of their narrative either automata or airships.
The nine authors whose pieces have been included came up with some amazing ideas which we would love for you to read!
Tommy's Game by LM Cooke
A young man is drawn into an unusual - and lethal - game of chance.
Celestine by Steven C Davis
A sophisticated automaton awakes in a confused state in a laboratory; how did she arrive there and what is her purpose?
Spinners by Ian Caldwell
A strange group of friends and their broken-down automaton attempt to escape a life of drudgery at the bottom of a city that has seen better days.
The Sad Clockwork Boy by Jon Hartless
Gabrielle is trapped and lonely in a loveless marriage - but finds companionship and more with a new addition to her household.
The Incredible Airship Circus by SJ Menary
When an old friend turns up at the Airship Circus, beaten and dying, Pierre, a young tinkerer, is led into investigating a dark and dangerous secret.
Flugmaschine (or How Germany Conquered the Skies) by Danielle Miller
A young woman fascinated by engineering and the sciences is forced by her father to become a governess and must find another way to fulfil her dreams.
A Day at the Scrapyard by SG Mulholland
A disreputable group of scrap men have to deactivate a powerful military automaton and can only hope that they survive the job unscathed.
Dayne by Angela Tysver
An inventor's greatest creation now has plans to remake the world but what can he do to stop it?
Looking for a New England by CS Wright
Two travellers between worlds crash land in a dirty and unpleasant version of 19th century London and must work with a bumbling inventor if they have any chance to return to their own universe.
The stories are written and edited, we just need to raise funds for ISBN numbers for print and electronic versions and to do an initial print run. Each author will also be paid a percentage of the proceeds from this crowd funding project as royalty for their story as I am a firm believer that writers should be recompensed for their creativity and the time that goes into producing these wonderful stories. In return for your support, you can receive first copies of the book (print or electronic) at a reduced price and even have the option to receive a hardback edition which will be only available in very limited numbers or if you wish to pledge a smaller amount, Airships & Automata bookmarks are available as rewards too.