Pacemaker: A Steampunk Novel
Pacemaker: A Steampunk Novel
Pacemaker is a Steampunk/Historical Fiction trilogy that follows the lives of Ada Lovelace and Henry Babbage.
Pacemaker is a Steampunk/Historical Fiction trilogy that follows the lives of Ada Lovelace and Henry Babbage. Read more
What is the story of Pacemaker?
Ada Lovelace is not your average 19 year old girl growing up in the 19th century. She's a programmer, a mechanic, an enchantress of numbers. While interning for the great Charles Babbage she finds that there is more to the Difference Engine than sequences and algorithms. It is the brain of the clockwork pacemaker, driven by steam and the genius of a man bent on saving his son's life.
Henry Babbage is only 7 years old and in the world he may never grow up in, there are no medicinal cures available for his terrible condition.
His heart is about to give out.
Ada takes the challenge and commits herself to solving the secret of the Difference Engine to save a life and create the first Pacemaker.
Who are the characters?
The world of Pacemaker is full of real life scientists, politicians, and history. Some of them resemble the people they were and some have been molded into monsters or heroes to display the changes of an alternative history that Steampunk provides.
Ada Lovelace - 19 years old and full of ambition, she is not afraid of exercising her seductive abilities to get what she wants, but prefers to use her magnificent mind to garner respect in the scientific community. Ada has left her home in the hopes of interning for the great Charles Babbage and wishes to learn all she can, so that she may contribute to the evolution of machinery and the sciences of man.
John Stuart Mill - Considered the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the 19th century, Mill is a responsible and scientific minded individual, though this does not deter him from loving life and experiencing its joyous superficialities. He is a close friend and financial supporter of Charles Babbage. He sees the future of mankind linked to the progress of science, mechanical engines and steam powered contraptions.
Mister Sherman – On the outside he seems like your average carriage driver, but one is left to speculate his place in the world. The primary directive of a Steam Carriage Driver is to stay with the carriage at all times, unless it is receiving service at an authorized garage. There are few men who absolutely know what drivers like Mister Sherman do when not accompanying their carriage and Charles Babbage is one of those few.
Charles Babbage – A man so ahead of his time that only the future will fully understand him, but there are a great few who believe him in. Charles is driven not only by his love for science, but for the love of his son Henry. He's running out of time and funding to unlock the secrets of the Difference Engine, so as to save Henry's life by creating the first Pacemaker. He would give up everything, even himself, just to find the answer he seeks.
Henry Provost Babbage – 7 years old and dying of a weak heart. He looks up to his father and wishes to be a great man like him when he grows up. Though the future may not be in sight for young Henry, he still manages to look beyond it like his father. Henry spends all his days in his room being watched by nurses and care providers as he tinkers with his clockwork toys, hoping to be a great scientist like his father and wishing to go on great adventures like the ones Mr. Mill tells him.
Robert Bunsen – Though notably known as the creator of the Bunsen Burner, Robert is lesser know for his assistance in developing battery cells. What's not known to the public is his secret works with The Lunar Society, with the help of John Dancer they contribute their research on batteries to Charles Babbage as a way to save Henry.
John Benjamin Dancer – a scientific instrument maker by trade and a creative genius in his hobby time, Dancer improved upon the works of John Daniell and his battery cell by inventing the porous pot cell. His work began to revolutionize attempts at portable power and help the ever secret Lunar Society in their attempts at advancing the science of energy for mankind.
Richard Bache Jr. - The great grandson of Benjamin Franklin, Bache is a great politician and statesman known throughout the ever growing United States of America. He has a prominent place in The Lunar Society and uses his holidays spent in Europe as a cover for his activities with the organization.
John Frederic Daniell – He introduced one of the first well known concepts of the battery and created the hygrometer and pyrometer. His contributions to the scientific world reached it's ultimate peak when he was inducted into The Royal Society. He is of calm demeanor and a gracious man, but it is hard to tell at times where his alignment lies.
George Biddel Airy – A genius mathematician and astronomer, Airy paves the way in understanding the universe around us. He does not take kindly to science that he believes to be foolish, particularly The Difference Engine. He led The Royal Society in a coup against Charles Babbage and cut the funding for his projects, becoming one of the leading reasons for the creation of The Analytical Society.
Robert Peel – At one time he was persuaded to support the works of Charles Babbage, but after being convinced by George Airy that the calculating engines were unnecessary, he then gave the vote to have support for the programs cut. He is a yes man, unknowing of his own opinion and used as a public pawn by The Royal Society.
Rev. Richard Watson – Head of The Royal Society and son of the late Reverend of the same name. Richard is publicly against Charles Babbage and all of his endeavors. It is often wondered why he is in such a place of prestigious scientific power when his family is renowned for their unyielding faith in the power of God versus the creations that man makes.
The Royal Society – The greatest minds of the British Isles brought together under one roof. These men are not only capable of using their collective minds to master the known and the unknown of science, they use them to influence politicians and monarchs alike. They are seen as a benefit to mankind, but a few are aware of their darker side.
The Analytical Society – Comprised of those pushed away or unwanted by The Royal Society and headed by Charles Babbage, the men involved in this group have much respect for the world and the science they see to be true. They have forged this society in the hopes that real genius can aspire to greatness without the corruption of politics.
The Lunar Society – It was publicly disbanded years ago, but rumours of its current operations make it from mouths to ears like any other gossip. The Lunar Society operates strictly in the shadows like the hand of God, making moves like chess players and insuring that the world is still a good place at the end of every day. They are protected by an elite force of undercover agents known as The Lunar Guard. Little is known of The Guard and its roster, but you'll be sure to know that wherever The Lunar Society has an investment, there is a Lunar Guardsman watching vigilantly.
Pacemaker is to be the first in a trilogy of novels.
It is a Historical Fiction that postulates a great secret behind the creation of the Difference Engine and the science community of the 1800's.
Why fund Pacemaker? What makes it different than its Steampunk predecessors?
I intend on establishing the use of more capable steam based science and augment it with the available science we had available at this point in history.
Henry's pacemaker is an extremely plausible creation, using medicine and machinery limited to the 1800's. I also intend to show off many other creations as the story will feature journal entries and schematics from Ada, Henry, and Charles as they create fascinating contraptions with nothing but the power of steam!
With your funding I intend to publish the first book in the series.
I am currently in the final draft phase of Pacemaker and looking to release the book on February 14, 2014.
With the funding from this Kickstarter I can produce 250 Hardcover copies and 2000 paperback copies of Pacemaker and pay my artists design fees for the art featured on and in the book, as well as for the promotional material involved. Revenue generated from the sales can help me double my inventory and essentially fund the publishing of the rest of the trilogy.
Printing at Lulu.com - 2,000 Paperback Copies $16,312.50
250 Hardcover Copies $4,763.25
Artist Fees - $2,200
And the remaining $1,724.25 will supplement any costs incurred from creating Kickstarter Rewards.
A sample of the rewards you can receive:
Steampunk Portrait By Lesley Vamos
Lunar Guard Service Coin
Risks and challenges
The book itself is near completion and undergoing rigorous rounds with my editor's red pen and I am currently writing the second book in the series.
The only technical issues at this point involve deciding cover art and the minimal artwork that will be featured in the books. I will be employing the talent of Lesley Vamos at http://striped-designs.com/ for this artistic endeavor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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