Full Steam Ahead, Mr. Brunel

Airship Shaped & Bristol FashionSo, it looks like this is finally achieving lift off.

I am hoping that we’ll have paperback copies available at the BristolCon Fringe event on February 17th. The ebooks will probably be in the bookstore before then. There will be hardcovers too. I don’t expect to sell many of them. They are mainly something I’m doing at cost for the benefit of the contributors. But hey, if you want one, we’ll sell them.

The books should be available from both Amazon UK and Amazon US. However, we are looking at having another option for people who want to order the physical book in the UK (my store isn’t really set up to do paper). And if you are in the Bay Area I plan on getting some copies shipped to Kevin that you’ll be able to buy at BASFA.

Here’s some information about the book.

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.


  • 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

Edited by Roz Clarke & Joanne Hall.

Cover by Andy Bigwood.

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