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Imprudence Tour Dates & Locations

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My darling Gentle Reader, here is my…

Gail Carriger Imprudence Tour

 

One Day Break for Gail

These dates and locations have JUST been cemented so the bookstores likely will not have any announcements live on their websites yet. Don’t panic if you don’t see me listed. You are the first to know!

 

About the Voting

Thank you to everyone who voted, here are the results: As you can see Orbit is flying me to all three of the top winners for the poll, so there you have it, vote and you shall receive a Gail!

I found the poll results fascinating. I’m kinda into big data and analytics so I have a pretty good handle on where my sales are. SLC is consistently one of my top sellers as is Phili but rumor on circuit is that neither of these are great event cities and the voting numbers supported this. NY was a surprise, as it has a similar reputation. (Prevailing opinion being there is always so much to do in NYC that author signings fall to the wayside.)

Washington DC was one vote short of top three. It means I won’t make it this tour (although I’ve set a ping out to see if they want to add one last stop, it’s a matter of finding the willing and right venue). However, it also means I will look will a great deal more interest on that area in future for events or conventions. I had a great time at the Spy Museum when I was there so…

Now a word on the future: I will not be touring next year (2017) as for the first time in a decade I will have no book coming out through a major publisher. (There will be novellas though, so don’t you worry.) I will be bopping around visiting conventions and so forth, and I will arrange bookstore events if I happen to be in the area and I find a willing store to host me, but there will be no tour. That’s one of the reasons I’m allowing a two week stint this time (I usually ask for only the one week).

What does that mean?

This is likely the last chance you will get to see me in person, especially at a place like Brooklyn which would be prohibitively expensive for me to visit on my own.

This is it my darling Gentle Reader, the last chance to catch your Gail for a while. Ask her all the burning questions she carefully never answers on line.

{Gail’s monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. The book group is also doing a reread of Prudence.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

 

“The Pink Silk Dress,” by Sir James Jebusa Shannon, 1880s. via shewhoworshipscarlin tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 

 Social Deception @socdec  Poster for Georges Méliès’ ‘The Conquest of the Pole’ (1912)

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Chekov’s Lesbian”. A File 770er coined phrase for mistaken idea that character diversity must have plot relevance via Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin on Twitter)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

 

Book News:

Ivy Hat

Quote of the Day:
“He was good at this sort of affection, general and unbinding.”
~ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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Imprudence Tour ~ Where should Gail go? You decide!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

OK my dear Gentle Reader, I’m embroiled planning my book tour for Imprudence and it’s going to be a doozie. First of all: the book is out July 19th, so all my dates will be that week and the following one.

Here’s what we currently have on the docket:

  • Houston, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • San Diego, CA (yes during Comic Con, and yes we are trying to get me to sign there and maybe even do a panel)
  • Petaluma (or Santa Rosa), CA
  • Portland, OR (likely, not yet confirmed)

 

I have 2 additional stops open on this tour!

Orbit has decided to throw this choice to my readers.

So here are 10 additional cities. Please follow this link to vote for whichever city you want me to visit. Please only vote if you would actually attend my event in that city.

  1. Salt Lake City, UT
  2. New York, NY
  3. Washington, DC
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Philadelphia, PA
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. Phoenix, AZ
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Grand Rapids, MI

Or follow this link to find out:

Why isn’t my city on this list?

Tweets and comments do not count towards totals. You have to vote.

I have absolutely no other details on the rest of the tour, only what I have listed above. I promise I will let you know more when I do.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is Powers That Be by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Magasin des Demoiselles Friday, June 1, 1860 ID-  v. 41, plate 31

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Octopus That Ruled London

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What’s The Best Writing Advice You Ever Received?

Book News:
P is for Parasol Protectorate (and Prudence)

Quote of the Day:
“He thinks I’m this astonishing, talented, wonderful person, in spite of all available evidence to the contrary. But that’s sort of what love is, I guess. A perpetual state of semideranged partiality.”
~ For Real: A Spires Story by Alexis Hall

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Gail Carriger Fantasy Casts Custard Protocol the Movie (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Hello, dear Gentle Reader.

Today I am fantasy casting the crew of the Spotted Custard for you!

One of the questions I often get is how I might dream cast my books. It’s a fun mental exercise, although I’m not married to any casting and pretty open to other people’s thoughts. You can check my Pinterest boards for more options.

Or recommend your own!

My only restriction is that the person be able to do a proper British accent, which, frankly leaves most Americans well out of it. I may not be able to do one myself, but I sure can tell when it’s off. And it drives me bonkers. Anyway, here we go…

Dream cast for Prudence

Rue (Prudence Akeldama): Jessica Brown Findlay

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Best known for her tragic role as Lady Sybil in Downton Abby, I chose Jessica Brown Findlay mainly because she can (obviously) do the right upper crust accent for Rue. Also, I think she would have fun with a more upbeat cheerful role.

Rue is often described as round and jolly and while this actress is skinny (aren’t they all?) she has a sweet expressive face which I think could do well for my main character.

Primrose Tunstell: Felicity Jones

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Primrose is Rue’s best friend and main confidant. Rue and Prim look a little alike, in fact they use this in their schemes, often pretending to be the rich and feckless “Hisselpenny sisters.” Occasionally, they will even switch names when visiting those who don’t know them by sight (most do know them by reputation).

Primrose is more reserved and interested in manners and organization than Rue. I’m thinking of Felicity‘s portrayal of the sister in Hysteria (Emily Dalrymple) when casting Primrose.

Frankly, given the skill of both the above actresses, I could also see Felicity play Rue and Jessica play Primrose. Another good alternate for either? Daisy Ridley

Percy Tunstell: Simon Woods

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I know Simon Woods from Cranford and I was thinking of him as the physical model as I wrote Percy. I don’t know if he is a natural redhead but he looks good as one.

I think he could play the part of stuck up bookish weirdly irresistible Percy beautifully. Although, I bet Tom Felton could also do a great job.

Quesnel Lefoux: Freddie Stroma

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Quesnel is French, raised in England, but bilingual and educated in France. I want a really boyish cheerful clownish feel for him, but also an actor able to show strong emotion and sex appeal. Quesnel is at least ten years older than the three other main characters. When I describe him in the books, I was thinking someone like Alex Pettyfer (possibly too pretty?) crossed with young Leonardo DiCaprio. So I basically ended up with Freddie Stroma.

But can he put a tiny hint of French into his accent? That’s the question. If not, one wonders: how good is Vincent Lecoeur’s English? Then again I’ve had a long running affection for Charlie Hunnam (from his Queer as Folk days, naturally) but he’s gotten awfully weather beaten (I blame Sons of Anarchy). Douglas Booth is also lovely.

I guess I am picking lots of Harry Potter actors (or might have-been) because they are all now around the correct age to be the characters in this series. Woe is me.

Tasherit Sekhmet: Indira Varma or Lisa Ray

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Tasherit Sekhmet is drawn, in my head, off a combination of Nefertiti and Claudia Lynx and a magazine ad for shampoo showing an amazing woman in a robe that I clipped years ago.

I don’t see her as particularly puffy lipped and that seems to be something a lot of Middle Eastern and Indian actresses are getting done these days. A bit disappointing actually, I dithered over casting Priyanka Chopra as a result.

Also Tasherit isn’t cute. Someone like Aishwarya Rai, while utterly stunning, is a bit cute. I like Indira Varma because she is intensely regal, and can do a range of accents. Lisa Ray is also a great option, but can she change her Canadian accent for the role?

Miss Sekhmet is a fun one to cast because she doesn’t have to have a British accent. In fact, I’d welcome a bit of something else hinted as she speaks. Also her origins are unknown. Finally, I could see her played by a range of ages or ethnicities, so long as she has the regal beauty, so I’m not married to the Hollywood attitude of no female on screen after about age 30 (sigh).

Based off a post originally written for My Book, The Movie for Soulless.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February 2016 is Terrier by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1892-1894  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Lilliput Holds My Ebook For Me

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Top 12 Literary Quotes about Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
What Are Your Characters Ashamed Of?

Book News:
Leonard Was Hopeful says of The Curious Case:

“Even in this short story, Carriger maintains her kid-glove grip on the “free and indirect discourse” style initiated by Jane Austen; her use of language and tone is always spot-on for the time period.”

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t deserve my friends,” she remarked quietly.

“Sure you do, opal of happiness,” Cleon said. “We’d’ve failed mathematics to a man without you, for one thing.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Squire: Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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Imprudence Up For Preorder & Has An Official Release Date (Custard Protocol)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Finally, I can officially announce that Imprudence has a Release Date! July 19th, 2016.
It’s oddly appropriate that this particular book has a summer release as it takes place over the hot deserts of Africa. My proper Victorian characters (OK, less proper than previous) rather object to the climate. Hilarity and hoopla ensue.

Obligatory Questions Answered

But Miss Gail, Amazon UK/Aus/NZ (Kobo, B&N, Smashwords, Big Name Blogger Book’s All’Mighty Boof, etc.) has a different release date. Does that mean we get it earlier?
Nope. July 19th is the earliest you can expect Imprudence. All others are LIES. Aus./NZ is usally 2 weeks after that.

What about the audiobook?
Should release around the same time. I make no promises about the UK – your audio approval system is notorious. You didn’t know that? Well it is. Aus/NZ you’re worse. It can take a month or more. Not my fault.

Did you manage to work in the sexy red dress on the cover of Imprudence?
Why yes, yes I did. And a certain young man of Rue’s acquaintance likes it very much.

Will this one be better copy-edited then the first edition of Prudence?
God, I hope so. At least the US print run is supposed to have a second pass copy edit and I have promised to carve out extra time to review, but sometimes, in publishing, there comes a fine line between another pass and making the release date on time. The publisher will sacrifice all on the altar of making that date. I anticipate your critical emails with baited breath.
On the bright side, we got those flaws fixed by the second edition of Prudence so those of you who have the first, really do have a special and unique collector’s edition of Prudence.

“However, spilt milk blows nobody any good, and it is useless to dwell upon it.”
~ Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Will there be a paperback edition of Prudence?
Yes. My guess is early February, but it hasn’t been confirmed.

How about mass market editions of the Custard Protocol or the Finishing School books? 
Nope. It seems that publishing in general is phasing out mass market. The general opinion being, that most MM readers have moved to digital. True or not? Truth is irrelevant in publishing, remember the part where we write fiction? You can argue with the tide all you wish, but it’s going to carry you out to sea. Better hold on to those Parasol Protectorate Mass Market editions as they are now collectors items. There will be no more printed.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Robe a la polonaise fashion plate,
1779, France via shewhoworshipscarlin

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Character Cookie: Professor Lyall

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Previously Unknown Edith Wharton Short Story Found – Where Else? – In A Library

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
“All a publisher has to do is to write cheques at intervals, while a lot of deserving and industrious chappies rally round and do the real work.”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Out now!
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working third draft. Available for pre-order in the US.


Book News:

pixiexproblems-Alexia fan art
Watercolour and fineliner

Quote of the Day:
“This stuff isn’t booze,” she said, after a few moments. “It’s a religious experience.”
~ Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald, The Price of the Stars


Shaving the Beast & One Last Event

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I’m pretty much just slaving away on Imprudence right now, Gentle Reader, to the exclusion of everything else. It’s running longer than I like but it just wants to be that way. I don’t seem to be able to argue. It has a great ending, if I do say so myself. OK, right now, I think it’s great for I’m taken with the excitement of a recent creative epiphany resulting in a total upset in Rue’s life. Don’t worry, in just a few days I’ll hate the ending, the book, and myself. It’s my process.

Anyway, in the meantime, I’ve added one last event this year: a charity gig. Here’s the preliminary info:

 

Save the Date, December 5th, 2015

Steampunk Tea Party with author Gail Carriger at Borderlands Books (San Francisco, CA) on Sat., Dec. 5th, from 10am to noon. Come in costume (if you like) for tea, tidbits, prizes, goody bags, and a chance to mingle with your favorite author. (Can one mingle with just a single person?) Charity fundraiser for the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.

For more information, email [email protected]

I’ll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale. There will only be a VERY limited number. I might even get around to putting it on the website, but I doubt it. Argh, stupid book, interfering with other stuff. Right, must go write.

{Gail’s monthly read along for October is Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Frederick Frieseke (1874-1939) Promenade in the Garden

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

via Karen Abbott @KarenAbbott  Stereoscopic view of a very angry Victorian lady, 1900

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Oldest and Longest Ancient Egyptian Leather Manuscript Found

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (forthcoming)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

Book News:

2015 NYCC Little Brown Booth

Quote of the Day:
“Genevieve was tall and blonde, a destroyer of masculine peace of mind.”
~ P. G. Wodehouse, The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories

Gail’s fashion blog ~ Retro Rack.
The best place to talk all things Parasol Protectorate is on its
Facebook Group.

Anglicization – In Which We Revisit the Ladybird Problem (Occasional FAQ)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

My dear Gentle Reader,

This is not a topic I get asked about much anymore but just in case I’m hit with a number of the Very Curious after reading a Parasolverse book, I am going to address a delicate subject here and now…

Anglicization

or should I say?

Anglicisation

Right, so you may or may not be aware of the fact that British and American English languages are different ~ I mean not only spoken, but written as well.

(Yes, that’s sarasam.)

All my books are written how I write (surprise surprise) which is a kind of pigeon British American pseudo-Victorian codswallop.

It’s not too Victorian because that’s hard to read and a pain to write perfectly. Besides, I write steampunk, it’s confusing enough already without loading it down with an overabundance of poncey vocabulary.

(OK, but I don’t have too much, I hope?)

My first book, Soulless, sold to Orbit in the USA years before it sold to the UK.

Despite its European origins, Orbit US is an American publishing house. They applied house rules to my codswallop and made everything American: spelling, vocabulary, semantics, etc…

So ladybird is ladybug in these books.

*Coccinella  Franco Moschino, 1995  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I know Coccinellidae are neither bird nor bug (they are beetle), but I’m with the Americans on this one, ladybug is closer.

Also, if I put ladybird into a book for an American audience they (mostly) have no idea what I’m talking about, and are confused. Even those who do know, would be briefly thrown out of the reader’s immersion experience to remember and I work hard to avoid that as an author.

Miss Gail doesn’t like confused readers.

Because we started with American English, the rest of the Parasol Protectorate series followed in the same style (ebooks, omnibus, etc.)

By the time England purchased the series to release in the UK (three other territories got there first, mind you, including the French) they were playing catch up and wanted to produce the books as quickly as possible. (Ever wondered why the first 2 appeared in the UK in Mass Market? Yeah, someone sneaked over the US editions and sold them with stickers over the $ price. To this day my UK publisher is confused as to why they had an uptick in sales on the 3rd book. Why? Because it was really the first one they put out before readers could get the book elsewhere. Globalization is very confusing to publishers.)

Right, so where was I?

All 5 Parasol Protectorate books are American language no mater what English language territory or edition!

(US/Canada/UK/Australia/New Zealand/eBook/omnibus/Mass Market/Trade)

See 2011…

The outraged emails they cometh from the UK readership.

  • Miss Gail, why is it ladybug and not ladybird?
  • Miss Gail, theater is spelled theatre.
  • Miss Gail, you seem to have misplaced your “u” and changed all your “s” to “z.”

Etc…

In an effort to prevent this from happening again, said Miss Gail negotiates terms into her Finishing School contract.

Given that there is more time (these books are produced once a year, as opposed to once every 6 months) could we anglicize? Theoretically, the UK house should have time to “translate.”

All is peace and harmony.

All 4 Finishing School books are American Language for US/Canada and associated territories, and then Anglicized for UK/Australia/New Zealand and associated territories.

So there are, in fact, two different versions* of the Finishing School books. The American ones, and the UK ones which are anglicized.

Hooray hooray!

Miss Gail tries this tactic again with the Custard Protocol series.

Confusion results.

Prudence is sent to a UK editor for the copy edit pass, sent back to Gail already anglicized, and then sent to print in that state for both markets. Which means the US is getting basically, the UK version.

Except…

Miss Gail freaks out about the ladybird problem.

There is a lot of that word in this book.

Stressed about confusing her readers (see above) Miss Gail panics and demands that at least some words be changed back to US language for the sake of clarity.

Result?

The Custard Protocol books should mainly be UK in style, with some exceptions for specific words in the US versus UK editions.

For Miss Gail feels ladybird is one step too too far.

So for the US release of Prudence, it should all be ladybug and in the UK ladybird.

But I’m not making any promises.

Confusion, thy name is publishing.

Prudence FAIL Addendum:

People found many spelling and formatting errors is in Prudence.

Some of these may be the result of the above process of going through the UK copy editor. Some of the spelling mistakes may be because they are actually UK spelling.

The first we worked hard to fix in subsequent editions. The second we did not.

{Gail’s monthly read along for March 2015 is Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff.}

* versions = substantial text content change; as opposed to editions = different cover, print run, etc but text is essentially unchanged

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GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1896-1903  The Victoria & Albert Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

ladybug-earrings-$8.50

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Top Ten Tips and Tricks for Terrific Tea

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
3 Tips on How Not to Stink at Writing


Special Announcement ~ Imprudence Cover Art Reveal

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I know, Prudence hasn’t even hit stores yet but I am still delighted to give you all a sneak peek at the cover for the second in the series, Imprudence!

The inevitable questions…

When is Imprudence due to release?
I have no idea, likely 2016 sometime.

How many books in the Custard Protocol series? 

I don’t know. My contract is for these two only. As with most things, more books will likely depend on how the first ones sell.

Does Prudence have a cliff hanger that leads to Imprudence
Nope. But these two will tie together and exist as a pair. I think. I’ve only just started writing Imprudence. I have a pretty clear outline but… things change.

Where is Rue going in the second book?
Look at the background, my child. You have one guess.

Will Rue be cleaning up her mother’s mess?
Aren’t we all?

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for February? Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1894 Parasol via fashionplatesandephemera tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1895  Tea Gown  Liberty & Co., 1895  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Rue has a bit of thing for tea gowns.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Leeds Gas Strike Of 1890

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Writing Characters Whose Loyalty is Uncertain

Book News:

Alexia Cosplay from alicelaughingalonewithtea tumblr

Quote of the Day:

 iwasonthebleachers-tumblr
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Victorian Household Medicine (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

A Household Medicine Cabinet 1870s

1. Powdered ipecacuanah [induce vomiting]
2. Purgative powder
3. Sulphate of quinine [malaria treatment]
4. Chlorodyne [chloroform and morphine tincture]
5. Carbolic acid [antiseptic]
6. Castor Oil
7. Eno’s fruit salts
8. One bottle each of M’Kesson and Robbin’s compound podophyllin and aloes and myrrh pills [for warts and verrucas, also purgative]
9. Stick of nitrate of silver [antibacterial, often used in eyes for conjunctivitis, skin infections, ulcers]
10. Cholera pills
11. Iodine
12. Tabloids of antipyrin and phenacetin [analgesic and antipyretic]
13. Aspirin
14. Salicylate of soda [pain relief, for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis]
15. Boracic acid [disinfectant]
16. Cough lozenges
17. Tabloids of grey powder [mercury in calk, mainly purgative and antisyphilitic]
18. Kaye’s essence of linseed
19. Lint, cotton, wool, linen
20. Oiled silk
21. Roll of adhesive plaster
22. Bandages
23. Dressing forceps

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Quote of the Day:
“Ovid, a Latin poet of lively genius: his works are numerous; but his delicacy of sentiment by no means equals the purity of his diction.”
~ Mangnall 1833
(Talk about a back-handed compliment!)


Intellectual Salon ~ The Land Leviathan in Steampunk (Special Extras)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

 Guest blogger the Doctor of Phlogiston is back.

He’s my resident steampunk philosopher.

This little posting is a tilt at the one windmill that I forgot last time I visited here – that ol’ steampunk favourite, the Land Leviathan. This staple of steampunk has been hanging about ever since they first turned up in HG Well’s ‘the Land Ironclads’ in 1903. We happily accept them in fiction, but how much of an actual possibility were they?

Victorian-era technology could certainly produce whopping big things capable of movement on land. Prime amongst them was the long-distance express steam engine, of which there were rather a lot of different sorts. My personal favourite is the Great Northern Railway’s Stirling Single class of 1870-1895. To my eye it is a perfect example of the aesthetic that sits at the core of steampunk. A Stirling Single weighed about 40 tonnes and could better 80mph on a good rail line while pulling 200 tonnes or more of train. This all well and good, but move the train away from its purpose engineered railway and it’ll sink up to its axles as it crosses the lawn. A purely railway design and technology approach just wasn’t capable of meeting the challenge of roadless ground.

It wasn’t until the early part of World War 1 that something approaching a real Land Leviathan came into existence, and it was the British that did it. We know these devices today as tanks. The early history of the tank is complex and fascinating, with rivalries between different arms of the British Military and a bunch of heavy machinery firms vying for yummy big military contracts. Even Winston Churchill was there, with his naval buddies and their Landship Committee (a most evocative name, if ever there were). The first production tank, the Mark 1, appeared in 1916 and about 30 of them were there at the tank’s combat debut at the Battle of the Somme. The Germans called them the Devil’s Chariots, and fair enough too.

Those early tanks were fearsome. They were also uniformly slow, fatally unreliable, intolerably noisy, useless in swampy conditions (like, for instance, most of the land between our trenches and theirs) and they were fairly easily disabled. It was almost as dangerous to be inside one as it was outside. Also, by leviathan standards, they really weren’t all that big- most early tanks were around the 25 to 35 tonne range and were narrow enough to be transported by rail (a useful thing considering most First World War tanks couldn’t manage 10 miles per hour flat-out and had an effective range of less than 50 miles). They were flawed, but still good enough to give the British and their allies a tactical edge. The presence of the Royal Tank Corps battalions at the Battle of Amiens in August of 1918 helped break the trench war deadlock and turn the war. Admittedly, of the over 500 tanks deployed, less than ten were still fit for service four days later…

So the land ironclads actually became reality within a couple of decades of their first appearance in fiction. I vaguely recall that HG Wells was given some credit for it too. They’re not the immense roving cities or giant steam robots our literature currently portrays them as, certainly, but still a major achievement of late-Victorian and Edwardian technology. And, as a closing remark to those that say ‘yes, but they’re not steam powered!’- a few prototypes were, but it quickly became apparent that driving around in slow moving iron box with a boiler simmering away at well over 100psi right underneath you while your opponents take a few cracks at you with some very big guns was just too dangerously silly to consider. Even for the British Military.

Book News:
High praise for the whole series.

Quote of the Day:
Balderdash (n.): A rapidly receding hairline.


New Series Announced! The Parasol Protectorate Abroad ~ Prudence & Imprudence

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

[2015 Amendment: the series title would eventually become the Custard Protocol]

It’s official, Gentle Reader! The announcement has been made. In addition to writing the new YA series, The Finishing School, and shepherding the Soulless manga into existence, I will be writing a new adult series for Orbit called the Parasol Protectorate Abroad. If you’ve finished Heartless you know who that series will feature! The first one will be called Prudence and the second Imprudence.

For those of you who have been following my blog regularly, this was secret project PPA. I’ll begin writing it next year, the first book to appear, hopefully, in 2013 but it could be more like 2014.

The delay is on me, Gentle Reader, for which I apologize. I asked for a bit of a breather. I’ve been writing 2~3 books a year plus travel and promotion for the past several years. During part of that time I was also teaching and traveling to excavate. I’ve ended relationships and started new ones. I’ve moved house, switched careers, had various medical kerfuffles, and commenced a second blog. I’ve taken tentative steps into self publishing. Mostly, I just need a break. And to take a break now means trickle down effects in the future. I need to balance my future deadlines as well, it was one of the life lessons learned early this year. Now, hopefully, one book will be due in the spring (Finishing School) and one in the winter (PPA). Release dates will depended on how the publishing houses decides to release the books and in what format. I will keep you informed as and when I can.

SPOILER ALERT for Blameless and Heartless
My intention with the Parasol Protectorate Abroad books is to explore the wider ramifications of my Steampunk British Empire, not just how technology has altered but how vampires and werewolves have evolved differently in other parts of the world. I’m not going to tell you too much, as Timeless will give you some set up for this series. But sufficient to say, that the Prudence currently in my head has much of her mother’s go-get-em attitude mixed with a bit of her father’s temper and a certain love of fashion the result of a particularly colorful upbringing. She and her crack dirigible team lark about performing Leverage-like infiltration and rescue missions at the behest of (but if asked they will deny everything) Queen Victorian and her shadow council. It is going to be so very fun!
Being a writer, of course, all this is subject to change without notice at the whim of the muse.

A reminder I’m running a contest this month to win foreign editions of the Parasol Protectorate books.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
How to make a parasol from and umbrella.

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Parasol Lollipops

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Some thoughts on sacrificing plot and character.

Book News:
Frankfurt Germany Meet Up. Fox and Hound Pub Tuesday Night October 11, 2011.

Quote of the Day:

“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”

~ Andrew Ross


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