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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Æther Feature — Water Globes and Curious Inventions

by Philippa Ballantine January 3, 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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YOU can join the Ministry!

by Philippa Ballantine January 2, 2013

Another secret has escaped from the Archives. Yes, it is true you can join the Ministry. Thanks to Galileo Games, a roleplaying game is underdevelopment where you can play agents, solve mysteries, foil plots, and uncover mad conspiracies. It will be based on the FATE core system, and will allow you to develop the skills […]

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Æther Feature — Deadlance Steamworks

by Philippa Ballantine December 27, 2012

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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Thanks for all the LIKES

by Philippa Ballantine December 26, 2012

The Ministry Facebook page has reached a 1,000 Likes, and to celebrate we are running another competition. Yes, this time we are giving away a signed set of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences hardbacks (the Science Fiction Book Club edition) as well as a signed copy of Unwoman‘s CD Blossoms, which our journalists picked up […]

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Best wishes of the season

by Philippa Ballantine December 25, 2012

It has been a bumper year for the Ministry, and we are certainly entering Christmas on a high note. Our Facebook page reached 1,000 Likes! So we will be announcing a fun new competition on Boxing Day, as well as the winner of the Box of Ballantine and Morris. However you celebrate the season, may […]

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

by Philippa Ballantine December 20, 2012

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 Volume 2 — Eight

by Philippa Ballantine December 18, 2012

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: Curtain Call — […]

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop: A Very Steampunk Christmas

by Philippa Ballantine December 14, 2012

It is that time of year; where folk (and particularly writers) go a little holiday crazy. The Ministry is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop. All of the other fabulous sponsors can be found right here – so bounce on over.  Full details and how to enter are […]

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Æther Feature — Gilded Trailer Release

by Philippa Ballantine December 13, 2012

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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A Christmas Tale from the Ministry

by Philippa Ballantine December 11, 2012

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 on the Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords It’s Christmas Eve, […]

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

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. December 6, 2012

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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Æther Feature — Birthrite

by Philippa Ballantine November 29, 2012

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

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. November 22, 2012

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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Finalists!

by Philippa Ballantine November 19, 2012

Once again you did it, fine supporters of the Ministry. The Janus Affair, our second book, has made it to the finals of the Goodreads.com Best Science Fiction of 2012. To be in the company of the other 9 finalists is quite the honour, but we confess we would love to place highly. Last year […]

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

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. November 15, 2012

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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Æther Feature — Shanghai Steam

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. November 8, 2012

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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Steampunk in In D Tale

by Philippa Ballantine November 5, 2012

So our journalist Pip Ballantine has had a article published about the recipe for steampunk in the latest issue of the  delightful magazine InDTale.com This is a magazine that specifically looks at publishing for independent or small press authors. It is free to sign up so check it out if you so feel. Plenty of […]

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Once More Unto the Breach: The Goodreads 2012 Choice Awards

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. November 2, 2012

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 history does repeat itself. Perhaps you have heard our intrepid […]

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Æther Feature —The Extraordinary Contraptions

by Philippa Ballantine November 1, 2012

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, Volume 2 — Seven

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. October 30, 2012

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 Cross of […]

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Æther Feature — European Steampunk Convention 2012: After Action Report

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. October 25, 2012

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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You Liked Us Competition

by Philippa Ballantine October 23, 2012

Well the news is out, and now we can make the official announcement… We just signed a contract with Ace books for the next two books of the Ministry, and we delivered the first draft of the third book Dawn’s Early Light to our editor yesterday. We’re very excited to be working with Danielle Stockley […]

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The Ministry is everywhere…

by Philippa Ballantine October 23, 2012

We have news on several fronts today. It has come to our attention that not everyone visits webpages anymore. Apparently there is also something called Facebook. The Ministry has overlooked the rise of this behemoth while distracted by mad scientists and such. This failure has been remedied, and now there is a Facebook Group page […]

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