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Rated: 18+ · Folder · Steampunk · #2186340
Six tales of steampunk adventure in the skies of Victorian Africa
New cover by Bryce Raffle


         First and foremost, I must thank Patrick Wells, who dragged my reluctant fantasy-writing self to the world of steampunk. Then my handful of core fans, who kept the spark alive with their enthusiastic support when I might have otherwise quit. And last but not least, I must prostrate myself before my wonderful family, who not only encouraged, but provided me the time and the space to find my way in this strange new world. Without these fabulous people around me, none of this would have been possible.

Update, April 10th, 2020: Another acknowledgement to my long-time good friend Bryce Raffle , who gifted me the new cover that you see here. Covers are a side-gig for Bryce, and if you've ever priced professional covers, you'll know that his are waaaay reasonable, price-wise, and doubly so when you consider the quality you're getting. Is this a plug for a friend? You bet your sweet acidopholis, it is, and a more deserving gentleman would be hard to come by! Seek him out when you're in the market for a cover, and give him a chance to dazzle you!


         A few words of explanation are in order. These are stories of the close-knit crew of a ramshackle airship seeking to make an honest living on the African frontier in the 1880s, but not our 1880s. History is still recognizable, but slightly skewed, hopefully in a way that my cherished readers will find entertaining. I have used Swahili as the lingua franca of the Kenyan Colony, which is not entirely accurate, but falls within artistic license, and serves the needs of both author and story. I have tried to make its meaning evident through context, but for those who wish to follow the dialogue literally, there are many good translators on-line. I have put my sweat and my love into this, and it is my hope that you, the reader, will justify my efforts by taking pleasure out of it. If that happens, and you’d like to let me know about it, I would love to hear from you, and maybe even get a dialogue going. But whether that happens or not, enjoy the ride!

         Update to preface:
Portfolio -> Beyond the Rails -> Beyond the Rails 1
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