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 quite undo their minds.

Archivist to the Ministry, Eliza D Braun (recently and unwillingly reassigned to the Archives) and Wellington Thornhill Books (recently and unwillingly assigned Eliza D. Braun) have selected some cases they feel the public is ready for. And with this episode, we are back on track with our podcast schedule, but do expect the unexpected podcast or two as we attend The Steampunk World’s Fair on May 20-22 and Balticon May 27-30! We hope to see you there!

In this episode:

A Ruby in Rain, written and narrated by Grant Stone

From the farthest edge of the Empire, New Zealand agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson are called to interview a recent arrival to Auckland’s prisons. An infamous gambler, according to the constable’s account, has turned himself into their custody, not for the safety of society but for his own. The Ministry steps in to uncover a man’s story of impressive luck, and more incredible vision.

About the Author:

Grant Stone’s fiction has appeared in Shimmer , Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Semaphore and is forthcoming in Strange Horizons and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities.

When not writing, he has been known to tinker in the engine room of the Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa and his fanzine, b0t .

He lives in Auckland, New Zealand even though most of the opium and gambling dens are long gone.


Theme music for the Ministry composed and created by Alex White.

Order Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, now available from online and bricks and mortar stores everywhere.

Thanks for listening!


4 Replies to “Tales from the Archives — Six”

  1. i checked phoenix rising out from the library. about half way through the book i was so excited i
    went to barnes and noble and bought a BRANDNEW copy which i am forcing friends to read. this book
    is awesome and i can’t wait for more in the series. best of luck!!

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