Aether Feature – AETHERANGELEGENHEITEN

by Philippa Ballantine January 23, 2014

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 to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Tales from the Archives: A 2013 Hanukkah Special

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. December 25, 2013

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. To launch our third season of […]

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Mistletoe Bloghop

by Philippa Ballantine December 13, 2013

It’s that time again. The time to begin hopping under the Mistletoe. We here at the Ministry have collaborated with some wonderful authors to bring our readers and listeners the chance to win some rather awesome prizes. Go to the main page to enter for the Grand Prize Then begin the hopping to see what […]

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Multi-cultural steampunk anthology Kickstarter

by Philippa Ballantine December 9, 2013

Our author, Pip Ballantine is very proud to be part of this new steampunk anthology being kickstarted. Steampunk World It is easy to find excellent stories of American and British citizens… but we rarely get to see steampunk from the point of view of the rest of the world. With your help, *Steampunk World* will […]

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Bewitching Book Tours Hot Holiday Giveaway

by Philippa Ballantine November 15, 2013

  It’s that time of the year…time to win! Ministry Protocol is one of the fine books you can win in this giveaway hosted by Bewitching Book Tours! Use the rafflecopter below to enter, and check out the books available. 1 Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch or equivalent value Amazon Gift Card 3 Bewitching Prize […]

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Æther Feature — Building an Anatomy of Steampunk—An Insider’s View

by Philippa Ballantine October 31, 2013

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 to introduce to you a new name in our community […]

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Octopodicon

by Philippa Ballantine October 30, 2013

So our journalists are soon heading to Oklahoma for the fun and frolics of Octopodicon. They will be signing and selling while there—including paper copies of the Ministry Protocol. Here’s where you can track them down. Friday 2:00pm    Tee & Pip Reading/Book Signing  5:00pm    Mechanics in Steampunk Diesel Machinery, especially steam machinery, is […]

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Ministry Protocol now available

by Philippa Ballantine October 28, 2013

So all the backers have had their books shipped, and so the Ministry can now open up sales of the paper copies to the general public. This is the anthology that was part of the 152% funded Kickstarter we ran, along with Galileo Games back in June and July. It contains stories from such wonderful […]

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Journalist appearance at James River Writers Conference

by Philippa Ballantine October 4, 2013

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 lovely river, and the folks there have put together a […]

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The Protocol lands

by Philippa Ballantine September 27, 2013

After a really amazing, and successful Kickstarter campaign, one of the projects funded was the Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. This anthology of short stories expand the world of the Ministry beyond the novels alone, and provide glimpses of the larger goings on. With the Kickstarter money we were able […]

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Æther Feature — The League of S.T.E.A.M.

by Philippa Ballantine September 26, 2013

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, 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 to introduce to you a new name in our community of […]

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Happy Birthday and Happy Delivery Day

by Philippa Ballantine September 21, 2013

Today just happens to be the birthday of HG Wells, one of the grandfathers of steampunk….   and it also happens to be the day we have delivered the aether version of Ministry Protocol. What a wonderful coincidence.   So if you were one of the backers looking for a pdf, epub or mobi version […]

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The Protocol draws close

by Philippa Ballantine September 17, 2013

Things have been happening behind the scenes here at the Ministry. We’ve got the second round of edits of Dawn’s Early Light, and it is looking like another action packed adventure. The anthology Ministry Protocol e-book should be going out to backers, and there after to reviewers, and then to the general public. We can’t […]

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An Unexpected Victory

by Philippa Ballantine September 3, 2013

The Parsecs celebrate the best in speculative fiction podcasting each year, and are presented at DragonCon in Atlanta, GA. Last year our journalists attended the Parsec Awards, and Tales from the Archives won two wonderful trophies for best short story (large cast) and best short story (small cast). They have pride of place on our […]

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Ministry Protocol COVER REVEAL

by Philippa Ballantine August 8, 2013

After a whirlwind Kickstarter, we are finally ready to reveal what we’ve been hanging onto for over a month…the cover of the new anthology set in the world of the Ministry! Here’s the official Ministry release… The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels are a multi-award winning steampunk series, which tells the story of the government […]

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Signed from the Ministry

by Philippa Ballantine July 27, 2013

Our journalists travel far and wide to many conventions, booksignings, and even the odd railway event. Usually they are their own travelling shop, thanks to the aether magic that is the Square. However, the sad truth is that they cannot be in all places all the time, nor can those wanting a signed copy necessarily […]

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A Belated Note of Thanks

by Philippa Ballantine June 29, 2013

Our journalists wanted to pen this thank you two weeks ago, but the editing of Dawn’s Early Light became of prime importance. But fear not, the gears are still moving. So we made our goal in the Kickstarter…and then some. We not only reached our $20,000 mark, but several stretch goals as well. In addition […]

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Sekrit Agents Kittehs – Three

by Philippa Ballantine May 31, 2013

This week Sebastian practices questioning Viola. We’re not entirely sure Viola enjoys the experience. Check out the Kickstarter for the roleplaying game and the anthology here. We’re at 51% funded, and we’ve added new levels and announced our first stretch goal! So please share Sebastian’s progress and his spycraft to help spread the word! Cheers!

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Cover reveal— Dawn’s Early Light

by Philippa Ballantine May 29, 2013

Covers are curious creations. Writers write, and then send their stories into publishing companies. They are the ones that arrange the covers, and it is always a nerve wracking event. When they arrive, authors hold their breath. Ace Books has, as the Americans would say, knocked it out of the park. Eliza, the lighthouse, the […]

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Sekrit Agents Kittehs – Two

by Philippa Ballantine May 22, 2013

This week Viola helps the Ministry Initiative out. Check out the Kickstarter for the roleplaying game here. We’re at 32% funded, and we’ve added new levels so you can find the rewards you want. Coming in the next few days, announcements about stretch goals. We’re excited about this project, but we need your help to […]

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Ministry hopping

by Philippa Ballantine May 22, 2013

This is the week of the bloghop, organised by the delightful PJ Schnyder, in support of the Ministry Initiative. What is that you ask… Galileo Games and Imagine That! Studios have teamed up to bring you an ambitious steampunk project! The Ministry Initiative is a two-part creative endeavor that will not only premiere new fiction […]

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Sekrit Agent Kittehs— One

by Philippa Ballantine May 16, 2013

It’s all hands to the pump here at the Ministry. Everything we have is pouring into the Ministry Initiative, so we can bring some amazing new stories and a roleplaying game into the world. So, we’ve had to cut back on some things—like the budget for new recruits. You may not know this about the […]

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The Ministry Initiative

by Philippa Ballantine May 15, 2013

It has been a long time planning, but it is finally here. In conjunction with Galileo Games, and using the talents of some truly incredible professionals, our Ministry Kickstarter is off and running. In the next month we need to raise $20,000 so that we can launch a brand new anthology and a role-playing game. […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 008 Delilah S Dawson

by Philippa Ballantine May 15, 2013

The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Delilah S. Dawson is a native of Roswell, Georgia and the author of the paranormal romance Blud series for Pocket, including WICKED AS THEY COME and WICKED AS SHE WANTS and two e-novellas, […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 007 Alex White

by Philippa Ballantine May 14, 2013

May 15th is very near…the clock is ticking The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series. Alex White lives in the […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 006 Jared Axelrod

by Philippa Ballantine May 13, 2013

May 15th is very near…the clock is ticking The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series. Look on wikipedia under ‘Steampunk’, […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 005 Dan Rabarts

by Philippa Ballantine May 12, 2013

As the countdown begins… The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series. Dan is a writer of fantasy novels and speculative […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 004 J.R. Blackwell

by Philippa Ballantine May 11, 2013

The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series J.R. Blackwell is a writer and photographer. Her essay “Evidence of a Baker” […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 003 Jack Mangan

by Philippa Ballantine May 10, 2013

As the countdown begins… The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series Jack Mangan is known in the podcasting community as […]

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Æther Feature — Steampunk & Glamping

by Philippa Ballantine May 9, 2013

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, 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 to introduce to you a new name in our community of […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 002 Tiffany Trent

by Philippa Ballantine May 9, 2013

As the countdown begins… The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series.   Tiffany Trent is the author of the young […]

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Licensed to Thrill— Agent 001 Leanna Renee Hieber

by Philippa Ballantine May 8, 2013

As the countdown begins… The Ministry Protocol bring you stories from all over the globe, by some of the finest voices in steampunk, science fiction, fantasy and romance. Files on the participating agents have now been declassified and we can finally reveal them in this series Leanna Renee Hieber Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee […]

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Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award

by Philippa Ballantine April 30, 2013

  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 friend’s of the Ministry made quite a showing. O M […]

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Æther Feature — The Gearheart: Last Days of the October Squadron

by Philippa Ballantine April 25, 2013

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, 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 to introduce to you a new name in our community of […]

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A Tribute to BioShock Infinite: Quantum Physicist Rosalind Lutece

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. April 23, 2013

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, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the curious physicist Rosalind Lutece. […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Twelve

by Philippa Ballantine April 9, 2013

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 Taniwha of […]

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BioShock Infinite: A Steampunk’s Perspective

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. April 2, 2013

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 the lingo the hardcore gamers are using, I’m a total […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Eleven

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 26, 2013

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: Lost Waters — […]

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Steampunk Style

by Philippa Ballantine March 24, 2013

This is what happens when steampunks decide to make a music video. Look out for the Ministry novels at 2:15 with our journalists behind them… We have reports they had a wonderful time with so many talented folk, and Mr Morris was able to revisit his dancing past acting as choreographer. Don’t be afraid to […]

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

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 21, 2013

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 Steampunk Chronicle for the 2013 Readers Choice Award. If you recall, […]

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First pre-order

by Philippa Ballantine March 16, 2013

The Amazon link for the third book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels is now live! We are quite excited by this, because not only does it have the back cover commentary, but also a new publication date. November 26th 2013! After some concerns that we were not going to be able to get […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Ten

by Philippa Ballantine March 12, 2013

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: All That Glitters […]

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Æther Feature — STEAM FU(NK): African Martial Arts in the Age of Steam

by Philippa Ballantine March 7, 2013

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, 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 to introduce to you a new name in our community of […]

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Happy Birthday, Jules Verne!

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 8, 2013

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 if something was lost in translation. I have enjoyed the […]

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Steampunk Romance Gears Up For Action

by Philippa Ballantine February 8, 2013

Victorian-era people were fascinated by technology and engineering. Hence, writers and artists channeled that fascination into what has come to be known as Edisonade style stories. Those tales were generally about inventors and their fantastical devices and had a reputation for strong action-adventure elements and stylish trappings such as brass goggles, airships, and automatons. Decades […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Nine

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. January 22, 2013

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: Positively Shocking — […]

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A Daguerreotype Message of Frightful Importance to Jim C. Hines

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. January 20, 2013

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 our memoirs on io9. We were (as Eliza would put […]

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Phoenix Rising on Glossi

by Philippa Ballantine January 11, 2013

We here at the Ministry have a great deal of content about our work available, audio, images, and even some video, but until now everything has been very scattered about. One of our journalists discovered the new development Glossi, and had created this issue all about the first book of the Ministry. The best thing […]

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Æther Feature — A Peek Inside the Secret Mind of an Author

by Philippa Ballantine January 10, 2013

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 we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name […]

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Tales from the Archives — A 2012 Christmas Special

by Philippa Ballantine January 8, 2013

  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. Today, however, we offer this […]

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