|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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|Metahuman superpowers have all but destroyed the Earth. Humanity is divided into three warring factions: The Sovereign League, where metahumans rule with an iron fist; the Pure nations, where metas are hunted and killed as demons to be sent back to the abyss; and the Alliance, where human and metahumans work together to protect what little they have left of civilization.
After a hundred years of bloody warfare, a truce has been called. Earth can no longer support wars that violate many of the known laws of physics. In a last-ditch effort to end the strife, a special crew has been assembled from all three factions. A crew for a starship to search out a new home for at least one of the factions. If this crew can find a new planet to colonize, perhaps humanity will be able to survive. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.