Friday, August 10, 2012

A Steaming Hot Cup of Holmes, Please!

Back in January of last year, Lady Ann Wilkes of SFOO wrote of her generational run from the Pinkertons dating back to the turn of the century which you can read about here. Another famous detective is getting the same Steampunk treatment and it’s none other than Sherlock Holmes! Noble Beast, LLC is the publisher and seemingly using Steampunk Holmes to look to the future of publishing while relishing an alternate past. I love folks who think forward and it seems that Noble Beast has done just that. Steampunk Holmes is in development as an interactive iPad app, but if you’d like to quench your thirst for all things Steampunk Holmes there is an e-book version available now.

Other app features that are in development include:

* 31,000-word steampunk adaptation of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story: "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" (c.1912)
* Interactive story with audio, illustrations, and animations
* Pop-up diagrams of devices in the story
* Pop-up portrait and biographies of characters
* Interactive map shows landmarks and character locations at any point in the story
* In-app catalogue featuring music and other steampunk-themed items for sale

Written by Argentine, PC Martin, Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus takes us on a journey to find the Nautilus after news reaches Holmes of his sister Mycroft being kidnapped. Along with Doctor Watson (who dons a bionic arm) they embark on a worldwide journey that spans the works of Verne, Shelley and Wells.

The art by Daniel Cortes is dazzling and screams of an action-packed story. I’d strongly encourage you to keep track of the development of this project as it seems as promising as it is “exciting”!

Leonardo Ramirez is an author of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Visit for more information. Jupiter Chronicles is a Steampunk Children’s series available in September. Click here to order Jupiter Chronicles!

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