|The year is 2010 and it is still the reign of Her Eternal Majesty Empress Victoria the first. Steam power is still ascendant and the digital age has never arrived. While the people feel safe in their homes under Victoria’s Peace, ambitious men and woman plot to gain power without incurring the wrath of the Eternal Queen and her lightning powered armies. Onto this stage comes Professor Harmonious Crackle and his assistant Miss Titania Bang. Exiled for a crime he did not commit, Professor Crackle tries to prove his loyalty to the crown by seeking out those who threaten the empire.
A young English lordling is taking his Grande Tour to mark the completion of his education and the beginning of his adult life. A night at the Opera of Prague leads to a chance meeting with an eccentric professor and his lovely young assistant. But before the evening’s entertainment is over, a hidden assassin attempts to kill a visiting member of the royal court, destroying the opera house and putting our trio on the track of a mad scientist bent on toppling the Imperial Court from power. Can they find him and stop him before he makes another attempt on the Crown Prince? Or will they have front row seats for the first salvo in a war for control of the empire?
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This story is a teaser for my upcoming Adventures of Crackle & Bang series. It provides a taste of the world of the Eternal Empress. This is one of several short stories available in the Special Steampunk Issue of FlagShip. The text only version of the magazine is available at for the Kindle for just $3.49. Audio version will be available soon.