Defining Punk: What is Steampunk?
Imagine that the industrial revolution happened, just not in the way you remember learning about in high school history classes. Instead of electricity taking the primary role in mechanical engineering, steam became the energy of choice. What would the world be like? What changes would we see in the world if that really happened? These are the fundamental questions that steampunk lovers ask themselves. Authors delve into ideas about steam-powered machinery, mechanical devices that run on all types of "lesser known" energies, and how these inventions might affect the world. Put all of that wonderful science into the backdrop of Victorian Era England (or any other part of the world at that time, to be honest). History lovers get to describe the clothes, the ettiquette and the era they love, all within the context of a world they have created. Magical!
The Industrial Revolution was a time of great change throughout the world. History is built on moments in time, and if you change one, you can change many others. A ripple that could create a brand new world. A steampunk world! I invite readers to find steampunk novels and give them a try. Lovers of historical novels, sci-fi, and even literary classics like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will find many of the same elements in these novels.
When I wrote The Alchemist's Kiss I wanted world where magic was ordinary. What would happen? How would that change the world? Not that much, to be honest. By the time the novel opens during the Civil War in 1865, Alchemist Icarus Kane has had enough of war and killing. He's ready to return home to London and lead a peaceful life. He's as surprised as everyone else when he finds a protege among the dead and the dying on the battlefield at Gettysburg. When they return to London a few years later, Icarus discovers that the poor and "Lacking" (non-magicals) are tired of paying for the magic that lights their homes and moves their goods. A revolution is afoot. What's worse, a dark mage has appeared in London and he wants Icarus Kane dead. As the Warden of London, Icarus' job is to put a stop to the chaos and return his city to the peaceful one he remembers. Nothing would have prepared him for the battle he was about to face.
So, join me and Icarus Kane on a magical steampunk adventure. I invite you to step into Victorian London, just not quite the one you recall reading about before. There's much to love about steampunk, and I hope The Alchemist's Kiss can trigger that love affair for you!
~ Best Wishes
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