Tales from the Archives – Twelve

by Ministry Admin on December 27, 2011

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 quite undo their minds.

In this episode:

The Precarious Child — written and narrated by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

The street urchins that will one day be called the Ministry Seven, have a task from Agent Harrison Thorne. It seems simple enough, however their leader Miss Verity Fitzroy  discovers that a surprise from her past is tangled up with this mysterious man which leads to a very precarious situation.



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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

forrest December 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

Just a curiosity but, in the Xmas story was the usage of “transistor” on purpose?

Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. December 28, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Keep in mind that steampunk is set in a “Future-Past-That-Never-Was.” When you think of technology and how successes and advances affect other sciences and technologies, it is — at least in our approach to steampunk — feasible for the transistor to come about a few decades sooner if Charles Babbage had in fact built (and to an extent, mass produced) his analytical engine, something we see in a bit more detail in the end of the second book. So no, it wasn’t a slip up. Nor am I simply saying “Because we can…” as a reason. My own belief is that Babbage’s breakthrough (along with Tesla gaining a bit more respect for his work which is something we explore in the third book, currently in progress) would have far-reaching benefits in other sciences.

And thank you, Forrest. Thank you so much. Asking about a detail like this, and calling me to task on it, is something I live for as a writer. This makes me realize how intently you are paying attention and how much you are digging the work. You made my day with this comment. Thanks again.

forrest December 29, 2011 at 12:41 am

Thank you !, i was just curious if it was a slip or intentional. It’s hard to catch things when you change gears from eras. I do love the work the group as a whole does. I just hope some day your first book will be released in hardbound some day!

Nobilis Reed January 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

Verity has stolen my heart! I hope we hear more from her soon.

Eliza D Braun January 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thank you kind sir! Verity has plans to return in the near future!

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