Tales from the Archives V – Six Part One

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Tales from the Archives V- Five

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Tales from the Archives V- One

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Saying “Goodbye” Is Never Easy

When I think of exceptional endings, there are a few that spring to mind… Captain Jean-Luc Picard dealing out a new hand to his officers. “Sam Beckett never went home.” The final scene in Black Adder Goes Forth. Saying goodbye is always hard, and I Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2017 Christmas Special

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 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 Continue Reading

Audiobooks for the New Year

Our journalists have finished the recording of not one…but two audiobooks. The first is the Curse of the Silver Pharaoh, our first young adult title which was released in print and ebook format in September. Back then it hit #1 on Amazon in Teen and Young Adult steampunk. Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2016 Christmas Special

A Very Happy Christmas from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 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 Continue Reading

SPECIAL ÆTHERSYNDICATION: The Geek Wolfpack Podcast and the Nerd Out App Kickstarter

Greetings, Faithful Patrons and Ministry Agents! We at the Archives are preparing for our final season (and yes we are using the term “final” rather liberally…) of Tales from the Archives, but we wanted to share with you this episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, featuring Continue Reading

COVER REVEAL – Countless Hues of Crimson

So it has come to this point in the Ministry adventures. The cover reveal for the story our journalists never expected to write. However, their Kickstarter backers pushed them up to the level where they said they would write it, so they’re going to have fun with it, by Jove. If you Continue Reading

Tally Ho! A New Year with the Ministry

Well last year was a gallop for us here at the Ministry. We launched book four from our journalists, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, The Diamond Conspiracy. We picked up best steampunk from the RT Convention in Dallas for Dawn’s Early Light. We started and Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Verena Vorstaz!

Oh I say! Today, the Ministry celebrates a very special birthday! Verena Vorstaz (also known as V for Cosplay) surprised our journalists with a series of photographs and moving picture clips of an uncanny Eliza D Braun cosplay. Verena is a talented cosplayer, runway model, Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 2

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Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Seven, Pt 1

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4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

Today is a very special ÆtherFeature as our journalist, Tee Morris, is taking the helm and sharing his thoughts on a new offering in steampunk. Enjoy this spoiler-free review of Steampunk’d, the competition pitting teams of creative steampunks against each other’s imaginations… This morning, my Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives Volume IV — Five

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Two new ebook Short Stories

We have two new ebooks available for you this month, from Katarina Bordet and Michael Ventrella. One takes in the grandeur of the Austrian Empire…the other let’s loose a Mummy in Barnsley! The Mummy of Barnsley by Michael Ventrella Northern England, 1894 Agent Ernest Throckmorton Continue Reading

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

Tales from the Archives, Volume IV — Two

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Steampunk Book Trailer — The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

After an extremely cold night in Virginia’s capital city and weeks of production, Imagine That! Studios and Ace Books present the official book trailer for The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Ace Books, written by Pip Ballantine & Continue Reading

Report on S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

Back on September 13th, the Ministry had the joy of hosting a steampunk tea at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Our journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris were joined by Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and one of the authors Continue Reading

Æther Feature: How Amelia Chain Brings the Punk

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 Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

Our favourite mad science consultant for the Ministry, Nikola Tesla, celebrates a birthday today. We came across this picture in the Archives, circa 1894-95, where we see Nikola on his travels across America, enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach.   Wait. Hold on a Continue Reading

Æther Feature: Still Think Steampunk is Dead? You Must Not Be Watching Penny Dreadful.

Showtime, back in May, offered up a free preview—the first episode—of a new series featuring Josh Harnett, Eva Green, and Timothy Dalton. The show was advertised as gothic horror; but amidst the breathtaking fashions, the epic sets, and its beautiful design, steampunk makes its presence Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Five (Part Two)

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: The “Meet the Ministry” Panel from DemiCon 25

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Tales from the Archives, Volume III: A Special Preview of Dawn’s Early Light

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

Tales from the Archives III: Three

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Our Journalists Appear on Geekually Yoked

Our journalists continue their journey to blogs and podcasts far and wide in anticipation for NEXT WEEK’S release of our latest adventure, Dawn’s Early Light. Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine sit down with Rachel and Leeman of Geekually Yoked, billed as the World’s Best Married Christian Geek Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: Two

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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

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: One

  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 Continue Reading

Our Journalists Make New Friends from the North

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 Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2013 Hanukkah Special

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BioShock Infinite: A Steampunk’s Perspective

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 Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Ten

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Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Nine

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Tales from the Archives — A 2012 Christmas Special

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Æther Feature — Water Globes and Curious Inventions

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 Continue Reading

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

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 Continue Reading

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

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 Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Seven

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Æther Feature — The 2012 European Steampunk Convention

 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 Continue Reading

Æther Feature — Lantern City: A Project of Infinite Promise

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 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

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Four

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A Steampunk Book Trailer from Imagine That! / Baldgroove / Brute Force Studios

Currently on TeeMorris.com, our journalist is busy revealing a behind-the-scenes look at his project within a project. As many of you know, our intrepid journalist collaborated with Baldgroove studios in the previous year to produce a right bit of fun — the Phoenix Rising book Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Three

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What Is Steampunk? — A Definitive Answer from the Ministry

Agents of the Ministry, as you may have discerned from the chatter within the æther, there has been spirited discussion bandying about on what exactly constitutes steampunk. We have our own definition, of course, but even that has been brought into question. Perhaps it is Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — Two

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Tales from the Archives, Volume 2 — One

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Coming Soon…

10 April 2012   Featuring original works from P.J. Schnyder, J.R. Blackwell, J.R. Murdock, Shaun Farrell, and many others. Descend into the Archives again for the untold stories of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

New Steampunk for #SteamTuesday

Happy #SteamTuesday, friends from the æthertweets! We at the Ministry are quite excited about what we bring to you all today. Following a quite successful Tales from the Archives (Volume the First), our intrepid journalist Tee Morris has been hard at work finishing up development Continue Reading

Happy New Year from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences!

From Miss Braun, myself, Director Sound, and all of us here at the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, we would like to share with you this lovely Christmas steampunk homage from 2011… May the new year bring you all opportunity, prosperity, friendship, and tranquility. Remember that, Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — A 2011 Christmas Special

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Submitted for Steam Tuesday: Steampunk in Goodreads’ 2011 Choice Awards

Faithful readers, an update from the Ministry’s wireless! As you have been notified from our intrepid journalists on their Twitter, Facebook, and podcast ætherfeeds, Goodreads — a jolly nice salon where purveyours of fine literature gather to discuss what is recent off the printing press and which favourite classics 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

Tales from the Archives — Eleven

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A Kinetoscope for #SteamTuesday, courtesy of The Creative Penn

Perhaps you were expecting the latest discovery in our Tales from the Archives, but our intrepid journalists have been facing other pressing commitments and are hard at work in readying the æthercast for it’s next installment. Do mind the dust and be patient with us Continue Reading

Our Intrepid Journalists on Steampod 2.0

With Chris Moody manning the helm, our Ministry journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are the subject of discussion on this episode of Steampod. This is Episode the Fifth for Steampod, although Steampod is hardly a new offering to the Ætherweb. Steampod has triumphantly returned Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Eight (Part 2)

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Tales from the Archives – Five

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The end result of hard work and vivid imagination…

Oh how clever our Ministry scribes are! With their portable kinetorama device, authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris shared (in a most candid fashion) their unboxing of the first four copies of Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel. We know there will be Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives — Four

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Our Sincerest Thanks!

As Miss Braun has said here, we are most excited about the pending release of our memoirs. (I say, the counter to the right seems to be moving faster and faster, day by day.) As we wait, with the release of our kinetoscope and the 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