Tales of New Babbage
The idea was this: let's assemble a collection of New Babbage-related short stories and publish them to the broader world in both paper and digital forms. We'll do it with volunteer effort and pre-fund it among ourselves. It will be good publicity for the City, a chance to see our fellow citizens' work in print, and maybe a good present for our friends this holiday season.
Then we do it again next year. Volume Two. :-)
The Tales project consists of thirty stories between 600 and 7,500 words, all by Babbage authors. Some of the pieces have previously appeared in online form, but none have been in print. Initial funding was provided by Babbage residents and steampunk enthusiasts through a Kickstarter project, and all copy-editing and typesetting was provided by volunteers. Proceeds from the project will be contributed to Clockwinder Tenk to help offset the cost of running the City.
Here's an excerpt:
They were well-dressed, the man in a rather expensive-looking charcoal gray suit with a gold pocket watch clipped in place covered by a coal black duster and the lady donning a light blue billowy formal dress and a light fall jacket. She carried a purse on her shoulder, upon which also leaned a closed matching parasol she held tightly. Her other arm linked with the gentleman’s, who was wearing a top hat pulled down tightly against his head and aiding a slight limp with a hardwood cane in his free hand.
They heard the squeaking of the pennyfarthings from an alley behind them before they saw actually saw them. The wheels clacked unevenly against the cobblestones, becoming a low rumble as three men perched upon the large-wheeled contraptions turned the corner. They stopped well behind the couple, cutting off the route back to the rest of the city and intending, if need be, to herd them deeper into the Gut, into the trap. ”
* Encourage your local independent bookstore to stock Tales of New Babbage by calling them to ask if they carry it. Even if you buy it online, a couple of phone calls might persuade them to put it on the shelf, where browsers may discover it. ;-)