I’m going to go ahead and assume that if you’ve continued to read past my first few posts that bring you to the site off a search engine, for example, that you, my loyal and daily readers probably have a few things in common:
- You like Steampunk
- You think I’m not full of shit
- You like to read
Those three assumptions is kind of what keeps me posting every day: you like reading the Steampunk things that I write.
Another project that fulfills two of the three criteria (reading and Steampunk, but not written by me) is a Steampunk story entitled Railroad! written by Tonia Brown and edited by Stephanie Gianopoulos. Each Monday, they post a new chapter in their ongoing saga.
Here’s the summary of their tale:
Join us as we follow the strange stand-alone train known as the Sleipnir (pronounced Schlipnear); eight cars of free traveling steam powered might. Able to lay her own tracks, as well as pick them up again, the train is a marvelous feat of engineering, and as an unbound entity she can travel anywhere her master desires. The only trouble is the trouble she attracts. Her owner and creator, one Professor Hieronymus J. Dittmeyer, can’t seem to help but catch the attention of all manner of unwanted and odd characters. From run of the mill outlaws to world-class super villains, the crew of the Sleipnir needs protecting and they need it fast!
Enter Rodger Dodger, dead-eye marksman and all around vexed soul. Dodger finds he is inexplicably drawn to the Sleipnir and her crazy crew, though he is reluctant to return to the work of a gunslinger after a dreadful history of bloodshed and violence. At the request of a restless spirit, Dodger takes on the work, straps on the biggest guns this side of the Mississippi and soon finds his life will never be the same again. (Which is just fine with him because he didn’t like the one he had anyways.)
On a train that can go anywhere, anything is bound to happen!
If this sounds like just your sort of thing, head on over to Railroad! and start with Chapter One. Happy reading!