"My dear ladies and gentlemen
Firstly, I would like to say how much I enjoy this thread. I am very glad to see that after a bit of a hiatus it has leapt back to life with renewed vigour!
Secondly, I have a question for you all. A…"
"I cetainly take your point. I think my objections to magic partly arise when an author is hole-plugging, but I must confess to a personal bias. I don't look for or expect magic in science fiction and I do think of steampunk as science…"
Why thank you Sir. You honour me.
I enjoy a well-written tale of automata, but I do find stories of unexplained artificial intelligence a little hard to digest. No substance to them usually, in my experience. The only thing…"
"Dear Ms Kestrel
If I may add my own thoughts to your wise words...
I must admit to a similar reaction to the book. I bought it while still very new to steampunk, having only read ‘The Difference Engine’ at that…"
Who is Richmond Strange?
My pseudonym comes from a character I used in a short story and also whom I played in a Live Action Role Playing weekend that I wrote and ran myself for a group of thirty or so friends. My original intent, some years ago, was to use Steampunk Empire as a place to 'flesh him out', but now I'm finding the mask rather useful for other ventures. As a fictional character he has a colourful background due to a couple of scrapes he found himself in.
An officer in Her Majesty's Royal Engineers and veteran of the Crimean War, the 2nd China War and the Mars Campaign, recent events have led to him being seconded to the Ministry of Time where he is employed as a time traveller in the service of Her Imperial Brittanic Majesty.
A contributing factor in his secondment was his courtmartial in 1876, which occurred after a damning report was submitted by a Foriegn Office observer present during a man-hunt that ended in an alternative 1645. Strange was accused of gross dereliction of duties, fraternising with pirates and insubordination. When the mission's commanding officer and two civilians were murdered by pirates the official observer's report blamed Strange, neglecting to mention, however, that the observer and the murdered officer were old friends. Subsequently Strange was demoted to the rank of lieutenant and dishonoured.
Since then he has been at the mercy of Her Majesty's Government and 'volunteered' for a series of difficult and top secret missions for the Ministry of Time and a wing of the Intelligence Service which deals with the less civilised aspects of colonising other worlds and maintaining the interests of Empire in past, present and future.
Well then old chap our paths simply must cross at some point soon! keep an eye on my myspace fro all the gigs and things coming up. you MUST come to the Uncanny Valley show with space dog at the fringe- marlborough theatre, the date escapes me. . it really will be something quite unique!
Thanks very much Mr. Strange (or should I call you Rich?). I've been really impressed by your thoughts on the forum threads, and appreciate what you've brought to the reading conversation here at Steampunk Empire! No more self-deprecating comments about not measuring up to my comments - yours are fantastic!