The end of humanity will come through the Silver Sickle . . .
Farissa lives every moment with reckless abandon, for it may be her last. Any day now, the alien goddesses will harvest her and take her to the mysterious Silver Sickle, never to return. She’s accepted that. What she can’t accept is this new idea of freedom Zel has planted in her head. She’d give almost anything to be with Zel, but how can she run from her destiny if it means putting the whole kingdom in danger?
Everyone in the desert kingdom believes the goddesses are immortal, but Zel has invented a way to kill them. Now all he has to do is convince Farissa to run away with him and plant a seed of hope in her heart that she’s not destined to die. Little does he know that one seed of hope could change the course of the future.
by Ellie Ann
When I tell someone I’m a steampunk author, it usually leads to the question: “What’s steampunk?”
The short answer is that steampunk is science fantasy. It’s when engineers and creatives mix. It’s when the imaginers meet the makers.
It is expressed in many forms: books, art, plays, film, comics, home design, history, and of course, fashion. There isn’t a a genre or category that hasn’t been left un-steampunk-ified. Steampunk Winnie the Pooh? Got it. Steampunk crochet needles? Got it. Steampunk llama saddles? Most likely. Just look up ‘steampunk’ on Etsy.
Many steampunk stories re-imagine history . . . What if the Nazi’s had possessed genetically modified monsters, and the Allies had an army of droids? What if airships, instead of trains, were the major form of transportation? One of my favorite steampunk series is Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan series, and he did a brilliant job of re-imagining what World War One looked like.
Although it’s usually set in Victorian England, it doesn’t have to be. The Legend of Korra is a great example of steampunk set in a Japanese-inspired fantasy culture. My book, The Silver Sickle, takes place in a Persian-inspired steampunk culture, with harems, desert Kingdoms, and horse races set in a city run by steam.
But don’t just take my word for it. One of Steampunk’s founders is James Blaylock, and he gave the best description of the genre in his article for Huffingon Post, “On Steampunk.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-blaylock/on-steampunk_b_2494561.html)
Steampunk isn’t just art and media and inventions, either. It’s a community. Being a part of the steampunk community has been one of my highlights of my year. They’re so welcoming and intelligent, creative and hard working. And man, do they have interesting Pinterest boards.
So that’s a little of what steampunk is. What part steampunk do you enjoy?
Ellie Ann was born in the jungles of Thailand, was raised in a small farming village in Iowa, lived in the middle of a Texan desert, and now abides in the Ozarks.
She is an award winning snake charmer, goat cheese maker, and nose flutist. She also likes to make up tall tales, so you can’t trust everything she says. But from some deductions and second-hand accounts, it looks like she’s an author of science fiction, comics, thrillers, and multi-media adventure stories.
She’s a producer for Noble Beast, an enhanced book publisher, and an editor for Stonehouse Ink and several bestselling clients. You can find her new multi-media fairy tale, Slice of Life, on sale for iPad at iTunes.
Come say ‘hi!’ she doesn’t bite. Unless she’s been turned into a zombie.
Ellie Ann is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of science fiction, thrillers, and comics.
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