Friday Frivolity: Wherein Our Journalists Get Geeky on Technorama

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 7, 2014

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‘ own Kreg Steppe could not handle the Herculean task of […]

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Our Journalists Appear on the MythWits

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 5, 2014

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 the only lady amongst the group, but in true New […]

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

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. March 3, 2014

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, come together to discuss on this æthercast the attractions of […]

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Editors Roundtable from John Mierau’s Serving Worlds

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 28, 2014

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 collection of literary luminaries sat down with Mister Mierau to […]

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Æther Feature – The Artifact Hunters, finding inspiration

by Eliza D Braun February 27, 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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First Review – Dawn’s Early Light

by Eliza D Braun February 26, 2014

The waiting is always the hardest. It is now less than a month until the arrival of Book Three of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Dawn’s Early Light will be touching down on the 25th of March. We are all on pins and needles here at the Ministry, so when news of a review […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: One

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 25, 2014

  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. Welcome to our third season […]

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Our Journalists Make New Friends from the North

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 19, 2014

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 a challenge, adventures on the road, and the games they […]

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Tales from the Archives, Volume Three — The Promo

by Wellington Thornhill Books Esq. February 17, 2014

More exciting stories of adventure, mystery, and derring-do are currently in production; but with a handful of podcasts ready and waiting, the Ministry will begin the third season of the award-winning steampunk anthology, Tales from the Archives, on 25 February 2014. To celebrate the occasion, we offer you this humble promo for your respective æthercasts. (Now […]

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Æther Feature – An Ode to Steampunk

by Eliza D Braun February 7, 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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Win with Scott

by Eliza D Braun February 4, 2014

Friend of the Ministry Scott Roche is running a wonderful contest over on his site. It is quite a magnificent bundle of Ministry novels leading up to the arrival of Dawn’s Early Light. We strongly suggest you take advantage of Scott’s magnificent generosity post haste- check out the post here or simply participate directly. a […]

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Aether Feature – AETHERANGELEGENHEITEN

by Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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 Eliza D Braun 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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