I put a couple new short stories on the usual sites last night.
When Eden steps off the zeppelin in Chadwick, he’s ready to finally put the war behind him and go see his lady love. Not long after he arrives at her father’s steam powered workshop, the war steals back into his life in the form of a rival suitor and his gang of baldknobbers. Eden’s in for the fight of his life if he wants to win his girl’s heart and not get himself strung up as a traitor.
Yes, that’s a Baldknobber steampunk short story. It has fantastical gadgets, men with silly hats and a dashing escape.
When Kayleigh’s grandmother takes a cybernetic replacement body, she becomes a virtual superwoman. Unfortunately, Kayleigh’s grandmother just can’t keep up. The family is forced to explore a new world split between the young, the old and the eternally young. What they discover threatens to tear them all apart.
This was my entry for last quarter’s Writers of the Future contest. It didn’t place. I’ve sent it out to a few of the scifi magazines and had it rejected, so I’ve decided to make it generally available. I was going for a scifi Glass Menagerie thing, but I’m not as talented as Ken Liu (yet).
I did these covers myself. The Whirlybird I like fairly well, though that particular image has to be the most overused piece of steampunk stock art. The image for Replacements wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I’m not good enough with Photoshop to put that kind of effect onto someone’s face. If I were, I would have found a picture of an elderly woman since it would have fit the story much better.