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Action and Adventure in a New Age of Steam! . . . "Leviathan Rising: Unputdownable!" ~ Martin Andersson



Updated: 2018-04-17T08:57:53.501+01:00

 



British Science Week

2018-03-15T09:00:23.819+00:00

(image) Seeing as how this week is British Science Week, it seemed like as good a time as any to plug my Pax Britannia steampunk books.

Early on in writing the series I made the decision not to include anything supernatural or magical in the books. Yes there are vampires and werewolves, but these are a form of genetic mutation.

However, having said there's no magic, there's actually magic aplenty in the books, it just goes under the catch-all term of 'mad science'. The crazy inventions and experiments of various characters have the same affect as magic on the narrative, helping to drive the plot into unexpected places and generally causing Ulysses Quicksilver and his friends no end of grief.

If you've not tried the books out for yourself yet, there are eight in total, plus various short stories, and the first six novels have been collected in two omnibuses.


Talking of mad science, Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein* text is published today, complete with husband Percy’s corrections of her misspellings.

Frankenstein inspired Stan Lee when he was creating the Incredible Hulk, and both of them inspired my own take on the Creature that appears in the Weird War Two adventure Anno Frankenstein.



* And first published 200 years ago this year.




Chatham Dockyard Festival of Steam & Transport

2018-02-22T12:00:36.307+00:00

(image) Despite my first steampunk novel having been published eleven years ago(!) in 2007, I have never visited Chatham Dockyard. But that's all about to change as this year I am going to be attending the Festival of Steam & Transport as one of their guest authors.

The event takes place on 1st - 2nd April 2018, on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, and you can find out more here.




Scrooge and Marley (Deceased)

2017-12-14T21:11:11.349+00:00

If you're a fan of my Pax Britannia books, then you'll love Scrooge and Marley (Deceased). Coming Soon...

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NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! 3 days to go!

2017-11-29T12:00:00.376+00:00

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! is down to its final three days of funding.

I've you've yet to back my new gamebook - which merges J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, and gives the whole a steampunk twist - make sure you don't miss out and back today!





Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes

2017-08-17T12:00:07.814+01:00

There's just over a week to go until George Mann's new short story anthology Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes is released but I've been fortunate enough to receive my contributor copy already.



You can pre-order your copy here.

Interesting, around this time last year I was in Cornwall, writing Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Bodmin. I'm off to Cornwall again soon where I will be writing another short story for another new anthology.




Penn Zero Part Time Hero - Build And Backup Now

2017-08-03T09:15:33.080+01:00

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Jonathan Green signing at The Yellow Book Bar in Brighton, this Sunday, 16th July!

2017-07-14T15:55:44.023+01:00

(image) Rather short notice, I know, but I am delighted to be able to inform you that I shall be at The Yellow Book Bar, Brighton, from 10:00am on Sunday, 16th July 2017.

I shall be selling and signing copies of my second Pax Britannia steampunk omnibus, as well as my steampunk-inspired ACE GamebooksAlice's Nightmare in Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard of Oz!

It's not often I get down to the south coast, so if you're in Brighton, do pop along and say hello, or even better buy a book and get it signed.

Maybe I'll see you there...




Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Bodmin

2017-06-15T14:00:24.947+01:00

Anyone who has read my Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia novels, and has even a basic knowledge of the literary adventures of Sherlock Holmes, will know that the latter in some part informed the former.

Coming out this summer is my first published Sherlock Holmes short story. It's called Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of Bodmin, and appears in Titan Books' Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes, edited by m'colleague George Mann.

The premise behind the anthology is that each story is told by one of Holmes' associates, in my case Sir Henry Baskerville, the poor put upon subject of the murder plot in The Hound of the Baskervilles (which is one of only four Sherlock Holmes novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

The following is taken from the book and explains why I chose Sir Henry to be the narrator of my tale.


Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes is published at the end of August and you can pre-order your copy here.





New Book Day - The Wicked Wizard of Oz!

2017-06-05T09:00:15.465+01:00

(image) The Wicked Wizard of Oz is a portal to another world - the world of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

In The Wicked Wizard of Oz you take on the role of the one of the protagonists of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and undertake a new and perilous quest as you find yourself called upon to save the world once more.

Hunted by the Wicked Witch of the West's winged monkeys and joined by her friends – the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion – Dorothy sets off for the Emerald City. Surrounded by enemies on all sides, will you uncover the secrets of The Wicked Wizard of Oz?

YOU decide which route to take, which perils to risk, and which of Oz’s strange denizens to fight. But be warned – whether you succeed in your quest or meet a dire end, somewhere over the rainbow, will be down to the choices YOU make.

Are you ready to return to Oz?


You can purchase your copy of The Wicked Wizard of Oz here.

And, coming soon...





Clockwork Cairo - published today!

2017-06-01T13:00:36.234+01:00

(image) Clockwork Cairo, the inaugural publication from Twopenny Books, is published today.

Edited by Matthew Bright, this brand-new anthology of Egyptian-themed steampunk stories, will take you on adventures from the steam-powered souks of Cairo, to the clockwork bazaars of Alexandria and the shadowy mysteries of the pyramids.

The table of contents includes a brand new Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia short story, by Yours Truly, called Worthless Remains.

You can pick up your copy of Clockwork Cairo here.





International Sherlock Holmes Day

2017-05-22T23:16:29.155+01:00

(image) As well as being World Goth Day, and International Biodiversity Day, today is International Sherlock Holmes Day.

It must be clear to anyone who has read my Pax Britannia novels that Sherlock Holmes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works, have played their part in influencing the adventures of Ulysses Quicksilver. But it may surprise you to learn that, for all my work for other people's IPs, I have never written a Sherlock Holmes story. That is, until now.

Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes is the latest anthology of new Sherlock Holmes stories put together by George Mann for Titan Books. As well as my own, small contribution, the book includes stories by m'colleagues James Lovegrove, Sam Stone, and Andrew Lane.

The conceit that connects them all, is that they are all tales told by characters from the Sherlock Holmes canon, such as Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, and Professor Moriarty. Or, in my case, Sir Henry Baskerville...




World Goth Day

2017-05-22T16:36:40.375+01:00

(image) According to the nice young man on the wireless - I believe the colloquial term is 'Disc Jockey' - today is World Goth Day. And they really couldn't have hoped for a nicer day for it, what with the weather here in London being what could only be described as Raj-like - and I'm not talking about the monsoon season either. Time to crack out the Factor 50, my pale and interesting friends.

Anyway, the DJ - who repeatedly pronounced 'Goth' as 'Goff' (it really was most irksome) - mentioned 'Steampunk' in the same sentence as 'Goth', and I know that those of a retro-futuristic persuasion have, on occasion, been referred to as 'Goths in Brown', so, I thought, what better time to plug my very own science romance novels - more commonly known as the Pax Britannia series - and the brand new Ulysses Quicksilver story that will be seeing the light of day - and let's hope it is a day as lovely as this one - before the end of the month.

Two years after the super short story Tempus Fugit saw print as part of Abaddon Books' 10th anniversary chapbook in 2015, and five long years since Time's Arrow was published, Worthless Remains will be appearing on the roster of stories that make up Clockwork Cairo - an anthology of Egyptian-themed steampunk stories that will be Twopenny Books' inaugural release.

You can find out more about the book here. And you can watch Goths dancing to Thomas the Tank Engine here.





A Steampunk Scooby Doo

2017-04-28T09:57:17.335+01:00

According to Tor.com, my Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia novels are: "a steampunk Scooby Doo with a Queen’s Agent instead of German shepherd, a cool-headed butler instead of Shaggy, and a kick-ass Rolls Royce called the Silver Phantom instead of the Mystery Mobile."

I quite like the analogy actually, apart from the fact that Scooby Doo is a Great Dane rather than an Alsatian.





Abaddon Books Open Submission Month 2017

2017-04-20T12:00:13.751+01:00

(image) They did it in 2012 and 2015, and now they're doing it again in 2017. That's right, Abaddon Books are opening for submissions for the month of May.

If you fancy your novella or novel joining the same stable that publishes the Pax Britannia series, follow this link to the Abaddon Books' website where you will find everything you need to know about submitting to and writing for Abaddon Books.



Through the Looking-Glass and the Horrors Alice Found There

2017-03-30T22:42:15.218+01:00

So these arrived today...


I'm sure you'll agree that Kev Crossley and Snowbooks have done a fantastic job with the book. Here's one of the pictures to be coloured in the book...


And here's what makes this colouring book unlike any other - guidance from the artist himself with regards to how you should go about colouring the images.


You can purchase Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Book Two: Through the Looking-Glass and the Horrors Alice Found There here, if you're in the UK, and here, if you're in the US.

Enjoy!




Clockwork Cairo

2017-03-09T09:30:23.107+00:00

Twopenny Press's inaugural anthology, Clockwork Cairo, edited by Matthew Bright will be released on 28th May 2017.An anthology of Egyptian-themed steampunk stories, it will take you on adventures from the steam-powered souks of Cairo, to the clockwork bazaars of Alexandria and the shadowy mysteries of the pyramids.The table of contents had been announced, which includes a brand new Pax Britannia short story Worthless Remains.The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn't, the Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar - Gail Carriger(A story in the Parasol Protectorate world)*The Angel of Khan el-Kalili - P. Djeli Clark*Mock the Midnight Bell - Sarah Caulfield*Worthless Remains - Jonathan Green (A  Pax Britannia story)*The Lights of Dendera - Tiffany Trent*Ushabti - Zan Lee*Thermodynamics; and/or The Remittance Men - Chaz Brenchley*Lucky At Cards - David Barnett (A story in the Gideon Smith world)*Sun River - Nisi Shawl(A story in the Everfair world)*The Sun Shall Lie Across Us Like Gold - Benjanun Sriduankaew*The Word of Menamhotep - George Mann(A Newbury and Hobbes story)*Silver Linings - Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine(A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences story)*Antonia and Cleopatra - Matthew Bright*The Museum of Unlikely Occurrences - Rod Duncan*Jabari and the Giant - Christopher Parvin*To Kill A God - M.J. Lyons*The Infernal - Anne Jensen*Imhotep's Dog - John Moralee*But For The Pieces He Left Behind - E. Catherine Tobler*The Copper Scarab - K. Tempest Bradford[...]



Author Jonathan Green appearing at the Steampunk Author Showcase at the Essex Book Festival

2017-02-23T13:00:02.481+00:00

(image) I shall be appearing at the Essex Book Festival in Chelmsford, on Saturday 25th March 2017, as part of the Steampunk Author Showcase, along with m'colleagues Toby Frost and Raven Dane.

If you're in the area, why not stop by? The event will be taking place from 2:30pm - 3:45pm but I shall also be selling my wares on the day, include my Pax Britannia books, as well as my steampunk-inspired Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland.

To find out more, and to book tickets, follow this link, down the rabbit-hole...




Pax Britannia: Worthless Remains

2017-02-16T12:00:38.924+00:00

(image) Having marked the 10th anniversary of the Pax Britannia series on this blog yesterday, today I am delighted to announce that Ulysses Quicksilver returns for a one-off short story in Matthew Bright's Clockwork Cairo - an anthology of steampunk stories with an Egyptian connection - later this year.

One of the great things about the anthology is that each story comes with its own piece of artwork, and here's the title page illustration for my own story Worthless Remains.


Clockwork Cairo will be published in May by Twopenny Books.




10 years of Pax Britannia!

2017-02-15T15:37:49.658+00:00

Did you know, according to the Rebellion Publishing website, Unnatural History, the first Pax Britannia novel, was published ten years ago today?I first pitched the idea for what would become Abaddon Books' Steampunk science fantasy series, when Jonathan Oliver - now Editor-in-Chief of Abaddon, Solaris and Ravenstone Books - put out the call for authors, but the kernel of the idea had been knocking around in my mind for years before that.The oldest notes I can find that would be recognisable as the basic outline of what would become Unnatural History are dated 1990. (I wouldn't be published for the first time until 1993.) The dinosaurs in the Challenger Enclosure at Regent's Park Zoo get a mention, as does Queen Victoria being in a life support throne. There's even a line about bases on the Moon and Mars, but the protagonist is one Mandeville Sachs, Gentleman Adventurer, rather than Ulysses Quicksilver.So although later today, I'll be raising a glass to Ulysses Quicksilver and toasting the Pax Britannia series as a whole, the idea is actually at least 27 years old, making it older than my writing career (which is 25 years old this July)!And what's lovely is that people are still discovering the series for the first time and, I'm pleased to say, enjoying it. And who knows, maybe one day I'll get to bring Ulysses Quicksilver's story to a conclusion.[...]



Pax Britannia - New Reviews!

2016-12-22T18:35:43.939+00:00

Even though the first Pax Britannia novel was published almost ten years ago, some people are still coming to the series for the first time. And when it's someone who enjoys the stories they devour the lot pretty quickly, thanks to the wonder of eBooks.One such reader is Bob Marlowe who has recently posted reviews of all the Pax Britannia books - Al Ewing's as well as mine - and here's what he has to say about them.Unnatural History"A readable style which flows along nicely with enjoyable characters... Very enjoyable evocation of a pulp style and there are plenty more to come. A recommended read."Leviathan Rising"Here we have a cocktail of Agatha Christie, Titanic, The Poseidon Adventure, the X-Files and dear old Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and with Green's enjoyable pulpy style, it's a good read."Human Nature"The story itself is quite simple but well structured (things in the prologue that seem irrelevant are revisited later) and the good pulpy style of Green makes for a well paced roller coaster."Evolution Expects"As ever, a cocktail of monsters, steam punk and nods to well know characters & stories etc. including this time a Bond like board meeting scene, a character named Brundle after the 1987 version of The Fly and a bit of Talons of Weng Chiang amongst others... This series shows no signs of letting up, both novel and novella are a well-paced read, guaranteed to liven up any journey to work."Blood Royal"The writing is of the usual high standard with a monster infested St Paul's Cathedral especially well described... I love this series -and am sad I've less than halfway to go to the end."Dark Side"I had the feeling Jonathan Green had as much fun writing this as I had reading it. There's the usual tributes to films, book et al that he's enjoyed , the First men in the Moon and Voyage dans la Lune and every chapter takes its name from a film e.g. The First Men in the Moon, Sphere... These stories will never be on the Booker Prize shortlist but the Booker winners I've read were never this much fun!"Anno Frankenstein"Naturally this is a blockbuster mix that we have come to expect of monsters and set pieces and does not disappoint, Green handling all the ingredients with his usual skill."Time's Arrow"The influences here are Edgar Allen Poe's Murder in the Rue Morgue, The Island of Dr Moreau and The Phantom of the Opera, characters names including Moreau and Leroux. The new characters work well and the story races along at Green's usual pace."If you're yet to sample the delights of the Pax Britannia steampunk universe, you can buy the books and eBooks here.[...]



The Wicked Wizard of Oz has 18 hours to go!

2016-10-02T18:27:02.472+01:00

(image) There are just 18 hours remaining for The Wicked Wizard of Oz on Kickstarter.

As of writing, the project has funded, but only just. And with one day left to go, some more DOWN THE RABBIT-HOLE level rewards have been released (listed as DOWN THE RABBIT-HOLE AGAIN).

So why not check out the project and the rewards and pledge your support, before it's too late?





The Wicked Wizard of Oz ends one week today!

2016-09-26T10:00:30.884+01:00

At 1.00pm GMT one week from today, The Wicked Wizard of Oz reaches the end of its run, on Monday 3rd Oztober.

Will it fund? Who knows. What I do know is that currently over £200 needs to be pledged every day until the end of the Kickstarter's run otherwise it most definitely won't happen.

So if you think a grimdark gamebook inspired by L. Frank Baum's children's classic could be your thing, or if you know of someone else you would enjoy it, then check out the Kickstarter project page and spread the word!

Thank you.





Happy Birthday, Mr Wells!

2016-09-21T13:00:20.440+01:00

(image) Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the British Father of Science Fiction, Herbert George Wells. Wells is, of course, most well known, in the modern era, for his novels The Time Machine (1895) and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Wells' original stories have been adapted time and time again, and have inspired countless other tales, including my own. I have an idea for a spin-off from The War of the Worlds that I would like to start work on in the next year or two, but The Time Machine has already massively influenced an already published work of mine - or should I say works?

(image) What started off as a fun idea for a one-off short story expanding the world of Pax Britannia, back in 2008, ended up becoming the core element of trio of Ulysses Quicksilver novels - Dark Side (2010), Anno Frankenstein (2011) and Time's Arrow (2012). I hadn't realised just how much The Time Machine had influenced Anno Frakenstein in particular until I re-watched the 2002 movie version recently, as I introduced it to my children for the first time.

My Wellsian celebrations will continue today with Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of the Worlds on today's playlist, and possibly a viewing of the 2005 movie adaptation later this evening.

If you happen to be the Woking area today, watch the skies!




The Wicked Wizard of Oz is halfway there!

2016-09-08T18:07:54.447+01:00

(image) The Wicked Wizard of Oz has been running for 5 days now and is 53% funded on Kickstarter.

If you know of anyone who might enjoy a choose your path-style adventure gamebook inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with dieselpunk stylings, let them know about it, because Kickstarters only succeed when people help to spread the word.

Here endeth today's lesson. Thank you.



The Wicked Wizard of Oz is now live on Kickstarter!

2016-09-03T13:00:32.564+01:00

The Wicked Wizard of Oz Kickstarter is now live on Kickstarter! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tlTgdNVmgdo" width="560">The Wicked Wizard of Oz is a nightmarish solo-RPG gamebook inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, but with a dark Dieselpunk twist. The book is written by Jonathan Green and illustrated by Kev Crossley, the team behind Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland. Play as Dorothy...The Scarecrow... The Tin Woodman...And the Lion...Or even play as the Wicked Witch of the West herself!So check out the rewards, tell all your friends about the project, and pledge your support today.[...]