The Geomancer


Steampunk Autumn

Art by Jon Sullivan
Reflecting on our forthcoming books, I just realized that we have four steampunk titles out between now and December.

Out in about a week is Mark Hodder presents Burton & Swinburne in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled JackBooklist just gave it a starred review,  saying, "The usual superlatives for really clever fantasy (imaginative, mind-bending, phantasmagorical) aren’t nearly big enough for this debut novel" and Moorcock calls it "Steam opera at its finest"

November has two titles.

Art by Chris McGrath
Clay & Susan Griffith's The Greyfrair: Vampire Empire Book One, which mixes steampunk, vampires, pulp fiction, and paranormal romance. NYT bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu, says, "I love this book. It's epic and lovely, heartbreakingly romantic (in every sense of the word), and an incredibly satisfying read, both for the characters and the richness of the world."
Cover by Benjamin Carre

And we also have Tim Akers' The Horns of Ruin, which mixes steampunk, urban fantasy, Final Fantasy, and what China Mieville has started calling "Noird" into something that has to be read to be believed. The first line of the book description: "Eva Forge is the last paladin of a dead god." With a jetpack!
Art by J Seamus Gallagher

And then in December we have Mike Resnick's first ever steampunk/weird west, The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale, which sees Doc Holiday vs Zombie John Ringo at a steampunk OK Corral. Yes, I just wrote that.

I think that qualifies as a genuinely plethora of steampunk.


  1. Two comments:

    1) When will the Kindle version of "The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack" be available?

    2) Can you guys start putting the Kindle ordering info on Amazon before releases so those of us with devices can pre-order them instead of having to come back a month or three post-release and look here and on Amazon for Kindle book information? I pre-ordered, for example, Zero History and Blameless, as Kindle books months before they came out so I got them on release day.

  2. Hi Al,
    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack was submitted over a month ago and should be up relatively soon, but it's on their end of it.

    We are talking to Amazon now about pre-orders but there is a chance that, in order to qualify for preorder, they require files earlier in the production process than we can currently accommodate.

  3. Ah, process. That's good to know. I know that you aren't the only publisher that runs into issues with them on that so it makes sense.

    I'm looking forward to reading it. As much as I love the quality of your print editions (and I have most of what you publish), I find myself drowning in thousands of books so I am using my kindle more and more.

  4. I sympathize, and read a lot on my iPad myself. Though, with the case of Spring Heeled Jack, the gold foil on the front,spine, and back makes it one of our most expensive covers. So, you know, no back covers gilded in gold on an ebook... I'm just saying...