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

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

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

Our journalists visit Seattle…with

  Our journalists have always longed for distant Seattle…and now they get to go there…at least their voices do. Shannon and Matt sit down to talk with Tee and Pip about steampunk and Dawn’s Early Light.  

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

Our journalists get all Geekily

Our journalists ‘get their…achemmm…geek on’ with the lovely folks of Geek Radio Daily. After consuming a proper meat pie they talk the geek news of the week (oh good grief see-through skulls!!) and what they have been watching. We begin to suspect they need to Continue Reading

The Way of the Buffalo and our journalists

Our journalists journey into the north of the country, but not quite as far as Canada. They join Hugh O’Donnell and Pat Toner talking about steampunk, and what they plan to be up to in the coming weeks. (Hopefully not resting on their laurels) Unfortunately 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

We are so very, very sorry. Find Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: SPECIAL ADVANCE PREVIEW

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

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

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

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

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

Our Journalists Join the League of S.T.E.A.M. (for an interview)

How exciting! Our intrepid journalists find themselves in a spirited round table discussion with The League of S.T.E.A.M. concerning steampunk around the world. If you have never enjoyed the offerings of The League, you are doing yourself a disservice. These gentlemen and ladies are professional Continue Reading

Our Journalists Break Deadpan

Gentle readers, now that you have enjoyed Night’s Plutonian Shore in its entirety, meet the writer behind this imaginative tale of deering-do as he hosts our intrepid journalists on a discussion on Phoenix Rising, steampunk, and what’s on the horizon for them both. Jack Mangan’s 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

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

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

The Return of Tee Morris (with Pip keeping him in check) on The Dragon Page

Our scribe, Tee Morris, has made many friends over his years of æthercasts; and one such place was The Dragon Page. It is hardly an exaggeration that this particular production was more than “just another media contact” but a relationship that would influence his writings Continue Reading

Interview on GRD Sweekly — Episode #116: A Room with a Crew

While at RavenCon 2011 in Richmond, Virginia, our journalists Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine sat down with the kind hosts of Geek Radio Daily. The Yanks over in the former Colonies also called this show “A Show of Many Tangents” as much giggling, moments of 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

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