Monday, November 9, 2009

Lord Kelvin's Machine by James P. Blaylock

Lord Kelvin's Machine
by James P. Blaylock

part of
Steampunk (anthology)
edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

Published: 2008
Genre: Steampunk

Excerpt from the book (page 31):

St. Ives watched their comings and goings through his spyglass. He turned a grim eye on Hasbro, who stood silently behind him. "I've come to a difficult decision, Hasbro."

"Yes, sir."

"I've decided that we must play the role of saboteur, and nothing less. I shrink from such deviltry, but far more is at stake here than honor. We must ruin, somehow, Lord Kelvin's machine."

"Very good, sir."


"But the stakes are high, Hasbro. We must have our hand in. It's nothing more or less than the salvation of the Earth, secularly speaking, that we engage in."

"Shall we want lunch first, sir?"

My thoughts:
In-a-word: indubitably

Don't you just love that interchange above. Tee-hee, lunch before conquering the foes!


  1. HA! And the obvious answer is YES. Food before world-saving, if at all possible. Great stuff, V!

  2. Hehehee!

    "But shall we want lunch first, sir?"


    (Runs off to order book for library)


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