The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives

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"A good deal of controversy arose late in the last century over what has been referred to by the more livid newspapers as 'The Horror in St. James Park' or 'The Ape-box Affair'…."

So begins the first chronicle in the long and often obscure life of Langdon St. Ives, Victorian scientist and adventurer, respected member of the Explorers Club and of societies far more obscure, consultant to scientific luminaries, and secret, unheralded savior of humankind. From the depths of the Borneo jungles to the starlit reaches...
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"A good deal of controversy arose late in the last century over what has been referred to by the more livid newspapers as 'The Horror in St. James Park' or 'The Ape-box Affair'…."

So begins the first chronicle in the long and often obscure life of Langdon St. Ives, Victorian scientist and adventurer, respected member of the Explorers Club and of societies far more obscure, consultant to scientific luminaries, and secret, unheralded savior of humankind. From the depths of the Borneo jungles to the starlit reaches of outer space, and ultimately through the dark corridors of past and future time, the adventures of Langdon St. Ives invariably lead him back to the streets and alleys of the busiest, darkest, most secretive city in the world -- London in the age of steam and gaslamps, with the Thames fog settling in over the vast city of perpetual evening. St. Ives, in pursuit of the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, discovers the living horror of revivified corpses, the deep sea mystery of a machine with the power to drag ships to their doom, and the appalling threat of a skeleton-piloted airship descending toward the city of London itself, carrying within its gondola a living homunculus with the power to drive men mad….

This omnibus volume contains the collected Steampunk stories and novels of James P. Blaylock, one of the originators of the genre, which hearkens back to the worlds of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, a world where science was a work of the imagination, and the imagination was endlessly free to dream.

The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives will contain the original illustrations J. K. Potter created for the novel Lord Kelvin's Machine, plus many more for the novel, Homunculus, and the short stories.
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Long recognized as a master of steampunk fiction, Blaylock (The Man in the Moon) collects four short stories and two novels featuring indefatigable and unflappable Victorian scientist Langdon St. Ives in a deluxe omnibus edition profusely and masterfully illustrated by J.K. Potter. In "The Ape-Box Affair," St. Ives attempts to launch an orangutan named Newton into outer space, but the ship crashes in a pond in St. James Park, terrifying the people of London into believing that they've been invaded by aliens. In Philip K. Dick Award-winner Homunculus, St. Ives battles the evil, hunchbacked genius Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, who attempts to awaken the dead, while in Lord Kelvin's Machine, a grief-beset St. Ives must counter Narbondo's threat to throw the Earth in front of a passing comet. Intricately detailed if somewhat haphazardly plotted, at once droll and horrific, these highly mannered tales are classic examples of this popular subgenre. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596061705
  • Publisher: Subterranean
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Another Fun Blaylock Read

    Langdon St. Ives and his associates provide page after page of entertaining and quirky adventures. Blaylock is a master at providing the reader with vivid descriptions of his unusual characters and their less than mundane experiences. Bottom line is that it's just fun to read one of Blaylocks stories.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    At LAST...Steampunk at it's finest!!!

    This book brings together some too-long-out-of-print novels and stories that James Blaylock concocted a while ago about his hero Langdon St. Ives. Namely, "Homunculus" and "Lord Kelvin's Machine" and some of the shorter stories. I had warm memories of both of these novels in paperback, and re-reading them both has not diminished their lustre. It's great having these in a nice, hardcover, more permanent edition. Being a small press title, the book is a bit pricey, but it's well, well worth the price of admission.

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