Tales from the Archives V – Six Part One

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Tales from the Archives V- Five

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Verity Fitzroy and The Mystery of Emerald Flame

We’re very excited to continue the story of the Ministry Seven, as they unravel ancient mysteries, and run into a few familiar characters. Out now on ebook exclusive to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited, we hope you enjoy the second book of Verity Fitzroy and the Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives V- One

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Saying “Goodbye” Is Never Easy

When I think of exceptional endings, there are a few that spring to mind… Captain Jean-Luc Picard dealing out a new hand to his officers. “Sam Beckett never went home.” The final scene in Black Adder Goes Forth. Saying goodbye is always hard, and I Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2017 Christmas Special

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday Continue Reading

Audiobooks for the New Year

Our journalists have finished the recording of not one…but two audiobooks. The first is the Curse of the Silver Pharaoh, our first young adult title which was released in print and ebook format in September. Back then it hit #1 on Amazon in Teen and Young Adult steampunk. Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2016 Christmas Special

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday Continue Reading

SPECIAL ÆTHERSYNDICATION: The Geek Wolfpack Podcast and the Nerd Out App Kickstarter

Greetings, Faithful Patrons and Ministry Agents! We at the Archives are preparing for our final season (and yes we are using the term “final” rather liberally…) of Tales from the Archives, but we wanted to share with you this episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, featuring Continue Reading

Verity Fitzroy and Her Adventures

September 30th, the ebook of The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh will arrive, and with it the first novel of Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven. Shortly after it will be in print and audiobook versions. Right now, her previous adventures in short story form are Continue Reading

COVER REVEAL – Countless Hues of Crimson

So it has come to this point in the Ministry adventures. The cover reveal for the story our journalists never expected to write. However, their Kickstarter backers pushed them up to the level where they said they would write it, so they’re going to have fun with it, by Jove. If you Continue Reading

COVER REVEAL- The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh

So this is a new adventure for the Ministry, and now we have a new cover as well. Designed by Starla has once again done a wonderful job for us, and we hope you’ll take a moment to pre-order The Curse of the Silver Pharaoh Continue Reading

Cover Reveal- The Ghost Rebellion

So here we are, with the first of the fruits of the Kickstarter we funded last year. Backers will be getting their copies in May, but the book will be available to the general public on June 8th. What’s more, you can pre-order the ebook Continue Reading

Book Cover Shoot – an author report

Our journalist, Pip Ballantine takes over the blog today, to share the experience of a book cover photoshoot made possible by our readers and listeners.  So after our hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to fund The Ghost Rebellion, we were excited to be ordering up our Continue Reading

The Ministry and the Pineapple

If you are not aware…pineapples play a big part in Countless Hues of Crimson (available for sale in December) Yes, Kickstarter backers helped fund the Victorian erotica mentioned in the beginning of The Diamond Conspiracy…and as a symbol for this our journalists in their wisdom Continue Reading

Tally Ho! A New Year with the Ministry

Well last year was a gallop for us here at the Ministry. We launched book four from our journalists, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, The Diamond Conspiracy. We picked up best steampunk from the RT Convention in Dallas for Dawn’s Early Light. We started and Continue Reading

Final week of the Kickstarter and Award News

And so it draws to a close. At 9.30PM EST Sunday, November 15th the door closes on the Kickstarter campaign to fund books five and six of the Ministry. We have fully funded The Ghost Rebellion as well as Operation: Endgame. We have locked in Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Verena Vorstaz!

Oh I say! Today, the Ministry celebrates a very special birthday! Verena Vorstaz (also known as V for Cosplay) surprised our journalists with a series of photographs and moving picture clips of an uncanny Eliza D Braun cosplay. Verena is a talented cosplayer, runway model, Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 2

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 1

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

Today is a very special ÆtherFeature as our journalist, Tee Morris, is taking the helm and sharing his thoughts on a new offering in steampunk. Enjoy this spoiler-free review of Steampunk’d, the competition pitting teams of creative steampunks against each other’s imaginations… This morning, my Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Five

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Two new ebook Short Stories

We have two new ebooks available for you this month, from Katarina Bordet and Michael Ventrella. One takes in the grandeur of the Austrian Empire…the other let’s loose a Mummy in Barnsley! The Mummy of Barnsley by Michael Ventrella Northern England, 1894 Agent Ernest Throckmorton Continue Reading

Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the Second

From Rotorua, our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, traveled to the South Island of New Zealand. It is here just a few hours south of Christchurch, that steampunk has taken a hold of a town; and in turn, a town has embraced steampunk Continue Reading

Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the First

Our journalists spent two weeks last month back in New Zealand, and the steampunk they found there was wonderful. So the next few Æther Features will be spotlighting the steampunk scene in New Zealand. Our journalists were, along with Gail Carriger, Guests of Honour at Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Two

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — One

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Steampunk Book Trailer — The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

After an extremely cold night in Virginia’s capital city and weeks of production, Imagine That! Studios and Ace Books present the official book trailer for The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Ace Books, written by Pip Ballantine & Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2014 Christmas Special

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday Continue Reading

Remembering the Fallen, Welcoming Others Home

Our brothers and sisters of investigating the strange and unusual, the Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical, are celebrating Veteran’s Day today in the Americas, and we tip our bowlers and bonnets to them all. Today, across the Empire, we pay different honours. We remember Continue Reading

Report on S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

Back on September 13th, the Ministry had the joy of hosting a steampunk tea at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Our journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris were joined by Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and one of the authors Continue Reading

Sixty-nine Shades of Darjeeling – Intro

Our journalist Pip Ballantine has ventured out into the world of tea exploration, and has sent back this report as she tries to learn more about  wonderful darjeelings. These posts will be appear on Mondays, and we hope they inform and entertain… Welcome! This all Continue Reading

Æther Feature: How Amelia Chain Brings the Punk

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour Continue Reading

S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

Our journalists are hosting a steampunk tea in charming Shepherdstown, WV, and they’d love you to attend! Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and a Ministry Initiative contributer will be joining Tee and Pip at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room, 141 W German St, Shepherdstown, Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

Our favourite mad science consultant for the Ministry, Nikola Tesla, celebrates a birthday today. We came across this picture in the Archives, circa 1894-95, where we see Nikola on his travels across America, enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach.   Wait. Hold on a Continue Reading

The Secret of the Diamond Conspiracy is out: 31-3-2015

We have managed to declassify information on the fourth Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books. We have a publication date which is the 31st of March 2015…and we even have information on the contents of the book. Your support with pre-orders of said book makes a Continue Reading

Æther Feature: Still Think Steampunk is Dead? You Must Not Be Watching Penny Dreadful.

Showtime, back in May, offered up a free preview—the first episode—of a new series featuring Josh Harnett, Eva Green, and Timothy Dalton. The show was advertised as gothic horror; but amidst the breathtaking fashions, the epic sets, and its beautiful design, steampunk makes its presence Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Five (Part Two)

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Five (Part One)

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: The “Meet the Ministry” Panel from DemiCon 25

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tangi A Te Ruru/The Cry of the Morepork

Last year, our journalist Pip Ballantine was lucky enough to be accepted into an anthology whose purpose was to explore the multicultural aspects of steampunk. Alliteration Press ran the very successful Steampunk World kickstarter, and raised over their goal. This enabled the wonderful artist James Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: A Special Preview of Dawn’s Early Light

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Functional Nerds welcome our journalists

Functional Nerds is the new podcast from author/blogger Patrick Hester and musician/blogger John Anealio focusing on science fiction and fantasy media: television, film, comics, and new media such as fan films, audio dramas, online animated comics and more, technology, gadgets and all things Apple as Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Four

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives III: Three

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Our Journalists Appear on Geekually Yoked

Our journalists continue their journey to blogs and podcasts far and wide in anticipation for NEXT WEEK’S release of our latest adventure, Dawn’s Early Light. Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine sit down with Rachel and Leeman of Geekually Yoked, billed as the World’s Best Married Christian Geek Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Two

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Friday Frivolity: Wherein Our Journalists Get Geeky on Technorama

Continuing their journey across the global ætherweb, our fearless journalists join the fine chaps at Technorama, a Parsec-winning and long-running æthercast of the highest quality and caliber. Sadly, Chuck Tomasi was not present for the interview; but this did not mean Tales from the Archives‘ Continue Reading

Our Journalists Appear on the MythWits

Moving along in their travels across the blogosphere and podosphere, our journalists stop by the MythWits podcast, an æthercast available both in audio and in video that delves into popular culture, convention appearances, and all things of a more “geeky” nature. Pip Balantine finds herself Continue Reading

Our Journalists “Get Nutty” on the Nutty Bites Podcast!

Oh, I say! Should our journalists talk of such intimacies amongst the sexes? Well, who are we to judge here in the Archives? Our honourary agent and delightful hostess “Nutty” Nuchtchas, Tek the Clockwork Doctor, our journalists Tee Morris & Philippa Ballantine, and Heath Fowler, & Angela Fowler, Continue Reading

Editors Roundtable from John Mierau’s Serving Worlds

We are so pleased to introduce John Mierau’s Serving Worlds æthercast here on the Ministry website. Continuing in his series of roundtable discussions, Mister Mierau invited our journalist, Tee Morris, to join other editors of the finest caliber: Ann Vandermeer David Gatewood John Joseph Adams This Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: One

  The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it Continue Reading

Our Journalists Make New Friends from the North

How delightful! Our delightful intern, Katherine, has reached out her friends in the chilly wilds of Canada to sit down with our journalists and talk about the Ministry’s upcoming release of Dawn’s Early Light. Tee and Pip also talk about the challenges of writing steampunk Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2013 Hanukkah Special

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Journalist appearance at James River Writers Conference

The James River Writers are a longstanding writers organisation, and also happen to be located in the hometown of our journalist, Tee Morris, Richmond, Virginia. So when the invitation came, both of our journalists were very excited. Richmond is a historic city, set on a Continue Reading

Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award

  The winners were announced, and the Ministry was absolutely chuffed to find out that the Janus Affair has won the fiction category! It was an honour to be in company of such people as John C White, Ben Hamby, and Major Jack Union. Other Continue Reading

A Tribute to BioShock Infinite: Quantum Physicist Rosalind Lutece

As you all know, our journalists are enjoying the experience that is BioShock: Infinite. So it shouldn’t surprise you at all that a cosplay has captured their eye today… No, this is not a painting nor is it a screen capture, but cosplayer LaynesLionRedCat from Russia, Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Twelve

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

BioShock Infinite: A Steampunk’s Perspective

We are pleased at the Ministry to invite one of our journalists to discuss about a new æthergame which is all the rage currently, so with any further fanfare, please indulge Tee Morris as he gives his own personal account of BioShock Infinite. To use Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Eleven

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

For Your Consideration: The Janus Affair for SPC’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

Our journalists get quite tickled when the steampunk community gives the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences a nod. They still take a great deal of pride in both the 2011 Airship Award and their 2012 Parsec wins. This year, the Ministry is in the spotlight on The Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Ten

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Jules Verne!

Today marks the birthday of imaginative mind and part-time consultant for the Ministry, author Jules Verne. Yes, I am sure, good citizens, you find Verne’s works reflecting the Empire and Her Majesty (God save the Queen!) in a rather nasty light; but I do wonder Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Nine

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

A Daguerreotype Message of Frightful Importance to Jim C. Hines

Sunday was quite the day for our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Not only were they hosting the lovely (and exotically Asian) P.J. Schnyder and enjoying cake pop madness over the weekend, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences was alerted of a mention of Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — A 2012 Christmas Special

  The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Water Globes and Curious Inventions

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — How I Came to the End of the World

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives Volume 2 — Eight

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Gilded Trailer Release

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

A Christmas Tale from the Ministry

Last year, Mr Morris wrote a short story for podcast, but due to some sort of mix up with the paperwork, it was never produced in electronic format. This oversight has been corrected and now this tale ‘In the Spirit of Christmas’ is now available Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Olivia M. Grey on Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Birthrite

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — The Steam Powered Tales of Awesomeness & Imperial Amerikan Air Corps

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature: Crowdfunding Your Fantasy — The Fast and the Furious

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Shanghai Steam

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Once More Unto the Breach: The Goodreads 2012 Choice Awards

Esteemed agents, faithful readers, and those of you who have cheered for our honours and awards, Miss Braun and I come to you once more as we did a year ago from this time. We are thrilled to announce that, yes, there are times where Continue Reading

Æther Feature —The Extraordinary Contraptions

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Seven

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Æther Feature — European Steampunk Convention 2012: After Action Report

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Green Bunny Hats

 Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Sightmares

 Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — The 2012 European Steampunk Convention

 Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Days of Steam: A Website to Watch

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Lantern City: A Project of Infinite Promise

Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps Continue Reading

In Which Our Intrepid Journalists Head North, then South

While the summer is drawing to a close, it appears our journalists are not slowing down even in the face of adversity. What makes the travels of Mr. Morris and Ms. Ballantine so much fun is that these travels are not done alone. We hope Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Six

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Good Show! (At least, that’s what the 2012 Parsecs say.)

Last week, the fine ladies and gentlemen behind the Parsec Awards announced their illustrious finalists for the year of our Lord 2012. The Parsecs is truly one of the most prestigious awards in æthercasting, now in its seventh year of presentation. It is bestowed to æthercasts portraying Continue Reading

Where in the World Will Our Intrepid Journalists Appear?

I say — our intrepid journalists cannot seem to sit still. With friends near and far joining them at a variety of events, it appears that August will be quite the banner month. Are you wanting a signature from the award-winning authors behind The Ministry Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Five

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Wherein Our Intrepid Journalists Make New Friends Overseas: The Books & Braun Germany Premiere

As we reported from the Ministry ætherblog, Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (released under the title, Books & Braun: The Sign of the Phoenix) has been released in Germany. Breaking barriers of language, distance, and improper references, our intrepid journalists Pip Ballantine Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Four

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

The Downfall of the Ministry: Hollywood Agents Tackle the “Phoenix Rising” Film Project (NSFW)

To you, our loyal listeners and readers… To you, those who have stood by the Ministry through the darker times… To you all who stood for us on the day of The Janus Affair launch this week… [display_podcast] We are so very, very sorry. Find Continue Reading

A Steampunk Book Trailer from Imagine That! / Baldgroove / Brute Force Studios

Currently on TeeMorris.com, our journalist is busy revealing a behind-the-scenes look at his project within a project. As many of you know, our intrepid journalist collaborated with Baldgroove studios in the previous year to produce a right bit of fun — the Phoenix Rising book Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Three

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

What Is Steampunk? — A Definitive Answer from the Ministry

Agents of the Ministry, as you may have discerned from the chatter within the æther, there has been spirited discussion bandying about on what exactly constitutes steampunk. We have our own definition, of course, but even that has been brought into question. Perhaps it is Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Two

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — One

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Submitted for #SteamTuesday: The Steampunk Chronicle’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards

This week — April 5, 2012 — is the last day supporters of the Ministry can vote for the SPC 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards. This honour, courtesy of The Steampunk Chronicle, is an opportunity for supporters of Steampunk to vote for outstanding talent in media, Continue Reading

We have WINNERS!

It was a very hard decision…yes, we know everyone always says that…but this is very much the truth. The entries to the competition were all done wonderfully, but we had to chose a story that fitted with the Ministry Universe, captured New Zealand-ness and was Continue Reading

Coming Soon…

10 April 2012   Featuring original works from P.J. Schnyder, J.R. Blackwell, J.R. Murdock, Shaun Farrell, and many others. Descend into the Archives again for the untold stories of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

Tales from the Archives (and friends) Chosen for Honours

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE MINISTRY: The Archives just received word from the Director that The Steampunk Chronicle has announced their 2012 Readers Choice Awards. This is your opportunity to vote for outstanding talent in the steampunk community and we are pleased as punch to be featured Continue Reading

New Steampunk for #SteamTuesday

Happy #SteamTuesday, friends from the æthertweets! We at the Ministry are quite excited about what we bring to you all today. Following a quite successful Tales from the Archives (Volume the First), our intrepid journalist Tee Morris has been hard at work finishing up development Continue Reading

An Ode to Agent Braun (Well, I regard it as such…)

With the assignment of Miss Braun and charged in training her the Archival Sciences, I find myself adjusting my normal schedule here at the Ministry. Quite often, that adjustment means I find myself awaiting the arrival of Miss Braun. In the Archives. If fortunate, before Continue Reading

An explaination of Llamas and Lamas

Agent Brandon Hill’s autobiography has been a bestseller in London for weeks, but now the Ministry brings you exclusive extracts of the story. We hope these snippets shed light on the enigmatic and eccentric Agent Hill I was asked shortly after the release of the Continue Reading

Happy New Year from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!

From Miss Braun, myself, Director Sound, and all of us here at the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, we would like to share with you this lovely Christmas steampunk homage from 2011… May the new year bring you all opportunity, prosperity, friendship, and tranquility. Remember that, Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — A 2011 Christmas Special

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The Kaiser Calls: A Look at Phoenix Rising’s German Cover

Good Heavens! As if it is not enough that our illustrious publishers at Harper Voyager have decided to offer our award-winning adventure at a mere pittance of 99¢ for your reading pleasure (and for a limited time) but our dear friend and ally from Europe, Continue Reading

Submitted for Steam Tuesday: Steampunk in Goodreads’ 2011 Choice Awards

Faithful readers, an update from the Ministry’s wireless! As you have been notified from our intrepid journalists on their Twitter, Facebook, and podcast ætherfeeds, Goodreads — a jolly nice salon where purveyours of fine literature gather to discuss what is recent off the printing press and which favourite classics Continue Reading

An Appeal from the Ministry: The 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards

Esteemed agents and faithful readers, Miss Braun and I come to you upon bended knee…which, if you are working your way across a large room — I assure you — is neither a simple nor comfortable feat. Perhaps you have heard our intrepid journalists, Pip Continue Reading

Concerning Airships and Awards…

When our journalists set out to write their first novel together, they were optimistic Phoenix Rising would perform well.  What they did not expect is for their book, just six months after its release, to win the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature of Continue Reading

Our Intrepid Journalists Head to New York….TODAY!

Today, our journalists enter a brave, new world. For any Ministry agents and agents-in-training present at the Colonies’ extravaganza New York Comic Con, our intrepid journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris will be arriving today, and once off the train they will not even have time Continue Reading

Our Journalists Appear on the Esteemed Adventures in SciFi Publishing

We are so very pleased that Shaun Farrell, the host of Adventures in SciFi Publishing, took time out of his most hurried of schedules (between hosting his award-nominated podcast, traveling across the North Americas, and adjusting to a new addition to his family) to sit Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Eleven

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The 99-Penny Dreadfuls Promo

Gentle readers hosting æthercasts within and beyond the Empire, we at the Archives are appealing to you to to consider our humble promo for placement in your production. We are doing what we can to spread the word of the Ministry’s movement into the digital press arena. Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Ten

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A New Avenue for the Ministry: The 99-Penny Dreadful

Gentle readers, there are amazing things afoot in the Archives, and Miss Braun and I are teeming with excitement at the possibilities of this new ætherweb movement — the digital press. Of course, the released case files of the Archives are already available in a Continue Reading

An All-Around Amazing Week for the Ministry!

Yes, yes, yes — we at the Ministry do apologise for the silence. We know that many of you are anxious to hear more Tales from the Archives, and rest assured, we are working to bring more lost stories from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Continue Reading

A Kinetoscope for #SteamTuesday, courtesy of The Creative Penn

Perhaps you were expecting the latest discovery in our Tales from the Archives, but our intrepid journalists have been facing other pressing commitments and are hard at work in readying the æthercast for it’s next installment. Do mind the dust and be patient with us Continue Reading

Our Intrepid Journalists on Steampod 2.0

With Chris Moody manning the helm, our Ministry journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are the subject of discussion on this episode of Steampod. This is Episode the Fifth for Steampod, although Steampod is hardly a new offering to the Ætherweb. Steampod has triumphantly returned Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Nine

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Tales from the Archives — Eight (Part 2)

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Tales from the Archives — Eight (Part One)

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A note of thanks from the Archives…

This morning, Miss Braun and I present a short note of appreciation to you, the dedicated bibliophiles, who not only invested the time in our modest adventure across Her Majesty’s realm but also spared the additional moment to share your thoughts on various platforms. The Continue Reading

BALTICON 45: Book Launch the Second!

Gentle Readers, if you missed our intrepid journalists at the Steampunk World’s Fair, consider yourself most fortunate as they were incapacitated with a touch of consumption. (I did warn Mr. Morris to stay clear of a giant rat, but he insisted his child wanted to Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Six

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Phoenix Rising at The 2011 Steampunk World’s Fair

This week, our intrepid scribes are bound for new and exciting flights of the imagination as they are attending The Steampunk World’s Fair in Somerset, New Jersey. Alongside our scribes, there will be other smashing artisans: Jared Axelrod, author of Fables of the Flying City Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives – Five

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The end result of hard work and vivid imagination…

Oh how clever our Ministry scribes are! With their portable kinetorama device, authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris shared (in a most candid fashion) their unboxing of the first four copies of Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel. We know there will be Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Four

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Our Sincerest Thanks!

As Miss Braun has said here, we are most excited about the pending release of our memoirs. (I say, the counter to the right seems to be moving faster and faster, day by day.) As we wait, with the release of our kinetoscope and the Continue Reading

Steampunk Book Trailer — The Official “Phoenix Rising” Teaser

Gentle readers and true believers in the fantastic and unknown, we at the Ministry have completed the official book trailer for Phoenix Rising, the first volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Harper Voyager. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Two

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Another Review as Anticipation Builds

With less than fifty days remaining in the launch of our first adventure, Phoenix Rising, the excitement is reaching a fever-pitch here at the Ministry. Tales from the Archives readies itself for its launch and pre-launch reviews of the novel are coming in. From Germany, Continue Reading