That’s right, Rod Duncan is back with a brand new series, the Map of Unknown Things, which is set in the same world as that of the Gas-Lit Empire. The series will begin in January 2018 with the first novel The Queen of All Crows. Here’s the synopsis:
Only one woman can stop the world from descending into endless war.
The year is 2012. The nations of the world are bound together in an alliance of collective security, overseen by the International Patent Office.
When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret.
One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the controlling Patent Office, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order.
Eeek, we can’t wait to the new instalment of our favourite genre-defying world with you!
For more information on the new series, plus giveaway of all three books in the previous series please head over to the wonderful Fantasy Faction.
The Nick Leach Award recognises those writers who take the time to help other achieve their full potential, and who are cheerleaders for the rest of the group. The winner is presented with a globe, which is pleasingly steampunk-esque for the man himself.
Rod, as always, we salute you for being a wonderful robot human. Congratulations and well deserved.
In other great news The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, the first in The Fall of The Gas-Lit Empire series (and a nominee for the 2014 Philip K Dick Award), just surpassed 1,500 reviews on GoodReads. Pretty impressive, eh? If you’re wondering what all of the fuss is about, here are a few select comments:
“Looking for a good book? Mystery, duplicity, secret societies, alchemy, romance, action … The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan has it all.”
– Looking for a Good Book
“A well-written novel, the story fantastically put together with elements of alternate history and steampunk, topped off with a strong, resourceful heroine. You can’t help but be drawn to Elizabeth Barnabus.”
“A wonderful story that I would recommend to anyone even remotely interested in speculative fiction.”
– The Haunted Reading Room
“A rollicking steampunk adventure, filled with intricate twists and turns, top-notch world building, and a heroine that quickly became one of my favorites ever.”
– Books. Bones & Buffy
There are currently three titles in the Gas-Lit Empire series, available from all reputable and not-so-reputable bookstores now!
Rod Duncan, author of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series, will be holding a book launch for the highly anticipated second book in the series, Unseemly Science, on Thursday 21 May.
The book has been setting the critics’ pens alight over the past few weeks and the launch will give fans, friends and writers the unique experience to chat with Rod about his inspiration, great world-building ability and his thoughts for the next book.
The evening will see Robot Overlord Marc Gascoigne give a short chat on alternate history, followed by a reading and Q&A session with Rod. There will also be a chance to purchase a signed copy of the book, or seven.
Rod: “The phrase ‘book launch’ sounds a bit serious. I’d like this to be more of a ‘book birthday party’. A get-together for readers, writers and fans of peculiar history. It is an open event, so I’m hoping to meet people and make new friends. All are welcome.”