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Coming Soon! “Fiendish Schemes”, The Long-Awaited Steampunk Sequel to K.W. Jeter’s “Infernal Devices”

Nifty! Check out the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Fiendish Schemes by K. W. Jeter, the sequel to Infernal Devices, which is due out later this year (in October).

Here’s the synopsis:

The long-awaited stand-alone sequel to the seminal novel Infernal Devices by one of the founding fathers of steampunk

In 1986 K. W. Jeter coined the term “steampunk,” applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned, with a new tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in self-imposed exile…accumulating debts.

The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London, a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse–Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans, the nature of which he can only guess.

If he can locate and make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future, he is promised, is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but is more interested in converting sentient whales to Chrisianity—and making money—than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and the steampowered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0765330946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330949
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