What is Steampunk? Well, in the hands of Phyllis Irene Radford and her usual co-conspirators (including Patti Nagle, Jennifer Stevenson, and others), steampunk is science fiction set in the Romantic and Victorian eras of the imagination: crazy technological innovations that run on steam rather than electricity, important historical personalities and locations taking the place of aliens and distant galaxies.
In this collection of short stories, Radford and friends take the listener to an alternate history of the creation of Frankenstein, the mind of Marie Leveau, and the workings of a strange machine that may transport Lord Byron’s soul from his body. It’s marvelous speculation and bloody good fun.
And what does Steampunk sound like? It sounds like performer Mia Chiaromonte’s sweet, coquettish, British-inflected voice through your speakers.
Shadow Conspiracy II revisits the shared Victorian world of transferable souls and intelligent machines. Judith Tarr’s irrepressible Emma Rigby prances through a new adventure with automata. Nancy Jane Moore brings us more missions for the mysterious warrior woman, Jane Freemantle. We have new characters to play with, too.
Chris Dolley brings to life a wonderful parody reminiscent of P.G. Wodehouse. Then there are the historical characters who keep popping into our works of fiction. Amy Sterling Casil introduces us to insane artist Richard Dadd and makes us redefine madness. Irene Radford visits Dr. John McLaughlin and his wife Marguerite in the Oregon Country with some questions about when no government is too much government.
Pati Nagle gives us some more insight into the life of mystical Marie LeVeau. And always, Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, hovers in the background along with her father, Lord Byron. Join in the fun, the gadgets, the adventure, and the Romance of steampunk in the second volume of Shadow Conspiracy.