The Crossroads of the Aether
Exactly, whilst the hero is dimension hopping his faithful comrade must keep the steam-powered generator going else the traveler becomes marooned in another dimension.
As long as it is not a corsetted strawberry blonde who is 400 lbs has lots of missing teeth and Male and is doing the shoveling.... that would just be SO wrong.
Having begun the second of the first four books which collectively represent the first use of the phrase "Steam Punk", I can, with some authority, say that they both contain elements of "Magic", and as such, at least a full HALF of the first four works to be, collectively addressed as "Steam Punk" contain it.
Magic, in steam punk, should be subtle, and it should be EXTREMELY "Victorian". I STRONGLY suggest a lot of research of anything and everything "Magic" from the actual "Victorian" era. I likewise STRONGLY recommend reading BOTH "Morlock Night" and "The Anubis Gates", though I would recommend that to each and EVERY "Steam Punk".
I myself AM a professional "Performance Magician", or as we call ourselves in the Brotherhood of Magicians, a "Conjurer". I feel that Magic (of all flavors) is greatly neglected in the Steam Punk world. That said, don't be a ham. Be subtle, be clever, and be magnificent. Don't walk around calling yourself a "mage". Instead, incorporate symbols into your costuming, then refuse to discuss them in depth. Come up with rituals, intended to accomplish small effects, then faux seclude yourself when you perform them.
Subtle. Magic should absolutely be Subtle.
Magic, in steam punk, should be subtle, and it should be EXTREMELY "Victorian". I STRONGLY suggest a lot of research of anything and everything "Magic" from the actual "Victorian" era.
Certainly, Victorian attitudes and explorations were unique and specific to the times. I also recommend reading my recent book which gives a complete overview of such Victorian thoughts and practices in the context of an abiding Victorian mystery. More details here for the curious:
the word is MAGICK..be careful with it's use Mme...
Let us pretend, for a moment, that the word "Magic" is a word which, like so many others, has a variety of meanings, which may be divined from the context in which it is used, and that there is, therefor, no real "need" for a funny spelling, in order to accentuate the uniqueness of one of its meanings. They are ALL unique, and wonderful, and share many similarities among them. Enough so that the lines between the different meanings SHOULD BE blurred.
Just like the words "Science" or "Philosophy"!
Magick, it is, and I say, "Whatever works!"
A witch hunt?
I had long believed that some friends of mine were Wiccans, but it turned out they are really Unitarians. Oddly enough I learned this from one of my self-described Pagan friends who attends the same services.
I'm working on an idea of basing a character (maybe a group) around an organization from Tim Powers' "The Anubis Gates", who through knowledge and cunning alone, possessing no "magic" of their own, police the nefarious doings of the malignant elements of the Sorcery community. Fascinating concept, fighting magic with knowledge.