Most of you know that my current writing endeavor is a steampunk novel. But some of you might have been wondering “what is steampunk?” Wordnik defines steampunk as "Science fiction set in an alternate version of the historic past, especially 19th-century England, and involving advanced technologies usually based on steam power" or "an aesthetic style inspired by steampunk fiction."
I wanted to follow the second definition. I’ve read some traditional steampunk and seen movies inspired by it. I never really liked the 19th century trappings or the aristocracy surrounding it, so I decided to make a steampunk that was uniquely my own. In this case, a present day alternate Earth where history had unfolded differently from what we know, and Victorian Era influences persisted in modern America.
On this Earth, the two world wars never happened and the British Empire still exists. That empire has also reconciled with the United States of America, forming a strategic alliance to save the world from an environmental crisis identified in the late 19th century. The crisis was averted and the alliance, which became a financial partnership, persists to this day.
The main character in the first book (of this trilogy) is a plus-size biracial (Black/White) young woman named Merritt Baxter. She will become entangled in a technological power struggle that she never saw coming.
The art for this title reveal graphic is by Christopher Jackson, who made the book cover art for my Jordan of Algoran science-fantasy series. Queen of the Skies will be published in the future by Ambassador International.
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Allen Steadham is a nondenominational Christian. Happily interracially married since 1995 and the proud father of two sons and a daughter. He and his wife have been in the same Christian band since 1997. He plays electric bass, she plays strings, they both sing. It's all good.
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