The powerful imagery of the setting struck me with surprising clarity today. I can imagine the late-nineteen century city as winter obscures the alien machines dominate the sky. The other day I woke up and Googled Norwegian Tall Ships to help paint a picture in this new fictional worlds. I see the technology of dirigibles and steam-engines being pitted against advanced technology of alien races...but not too soon. The story set-up is character driven with a high stakes plot impinging on every personal decision and disaster.
Photo credits: each of the pictures I found during my internet search contain links to where I found them so that the proper credit is given to their creators.
More Than Steampunk
I have read a handful of steampunk novels. Her Majesty the Queen is not intended to fit neatly into that genre. As with much of my writing, there will be some kind of Alien / Predator influence, a bit of the Outlaw Josey Wales meets Indiana Jones, and some good science fiction classics if all goes well. In the past, my predilection to stomp across genre lines has made my books harder to market, but whatever. I am just trying to write the best story I can. I think that means I must entertain Scott Moon first and then hope other readers get a kick out the story as well.
So why isn't this steampunk?
The premise (which will be explored in much greater depth near publication) is designed to cause worlds (of all technology levels) to collide. I actually began to write the second part of this story first, and the characters are less reminiscent of the steam age and more similar to the Greatest Generation. Basically, my imagination is all over the universe on this one. Good times! :)
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Scott Moon writes fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy and other crossover genres.