The Forever Engine

The Forever Engine

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by Frank Chadwick
     
 

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Original Trade Paperback. The exciting debut of a steampunk masterpiece from legendary game author and creator of the staple steampunk role playing game, Space: 1889. The stunning unveiling of a perfectly formed steampunk past, from an author who helped define the genre.

London 1888. His Majesty’s airships troll the sky powered by antigrav

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Original Trade Paperback. The exciting debut of a steampunk masterpiece from legendary game author and creator of the staple steampunk role playing game, Space: 1889. The stunning unveiling of a perfectly formed steampunk past, from an author who helped define the genre.

London 1888. His Majesty’s airships troll the sky powered by antigrav liftwood as a cabal of Iron Lords tightens its hold on a Britain choked by the fumes of industry. Mars has been colonized, and clockwork assassins stalk the European corridors of power. And somewhere far to the east, the Old Man of the Mountains plots the end of the world with his Forever Engine.

Enter Jack Fargo. Scholar. Former special forces operator in Afghanistan. A man from our own near future thrust back in time—or to wherever it is that this Brave Victorian World actually exists. Aided only by an elderly Scottish physicist, a young British officer of questionable courage, and a beautiful but mysterious spy for the French Commune, Fargo is a man on a mission: save the future from irrevocable destruction when the Forever Engine is brought to full power and blows this universe, and our own, to smithereens.

About The Forever Engine:
“Chadwick balances scientific theory, steampunk imagery, and memorable characters with flair . . .”—Publishers Weekly

"An alternate universe story full of action and political intrigue in the great tradition of Keith Laumer's Worlds of the Imperium. It'll probably be labeled "steampunk," but this is the all-too-rare kind of steampunk where the coal dust is black and gritty, engines run hot and stink, steam boilers are dangerous, and blood-spilling isn't the least bit Victorian."–Eric Flint, New York Times best-selling alternate history master, creator of the Ring of Fire series

“From 1973 through 1996, [Chadwick] was a game designer . . . His designs include Space: 1889, a game that created the Steampunk genre. Chadwick borrows . . . from the world of Space: 1889 in the The Forever Engine. The result is a fast-paced action novel with an engaging cast of character. It combines hard science-fiction with steampunk in an entertaining story.”—Daily News of Galveston County

About Frank Chadwick's How Dark the World Becomes:
How Dark the World Becomes is a crackling debut novel that speaks of great things to come! It's whip-smart, lightning-fast and character-driven—in short it has everything required to be totally satisfying. Highly recommended." –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Assassin’s Code

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
Legendary game designer Chadwick taps into his popular Space: 1889 steampunk setting with this exciting prequel novel, which sees soldier-turned-historian Jack Fargo catapulted from 2018 to an alternate 1888 by a mysterious, explosive event. Though alternately amazed and baffled by a world that features airships, interplanetary travel, America split into the Confederate States and the United States, and Europe laid out along different political lines, Fargo just wants to go home. Unfortunately, the one man who might be able to help—the infamous inventor Nikola Tesla—is likely to destroy the world with his terrifying new technology. Though some of the temporal mechanics are grounded in technobabble, the worldbuilding is rock solid, the plot fast paced, the action visceral, and the stakes high. Chadwick balances scientific theory, steampunk imagery, and memorable characters with flair, delivering an entertaining story that serves well as an introduction to the game. (Jan.)
Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
In the near future, Special Forces operator-turned-scholar Jack Fargo agrees to take a look at some curious artifacts, allegedly brought forward from the past by a group of scientists secretly experimenting with time travel. When a violent temporal accident sends Fargo to London in 1888, the soldier-scholar finds himself in a world very different from that of his historical knowledge. In a city rendered dark and toxic by the fumes of industrialization, floating wood, known as liftwood, enables the flight of great iron ships. Humans have colonized Mars, and in Eastern Europe, the Old Man of the Mountains is constructing a "Forever Engine" that could destroy more than one world. VERDICT The author of How Dark the World Becomes and designer of role-playing games has brought to life a darkly imaginative steampunk future populated by intriguing characters, including a lovely and brilliant spy for the French Commune and a British officer who seems to shirk his duties but who may be more than he appears. Alternate versions of historical characters mingle with Chadwick's fictional personae in a brilliant sf adventure that will leave the reader hoping for further outings for Fargo and his companions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451639407
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Chadwick is a the New York Times number one best-selling nonfiction author of over two hundred books, articles, and columns on military history and military affairs, as well as over one hundred military and science fiction board and role-playing games. His game Space: 1889 was the first Steampunk game and remains a cult favorite. His other game writing credits include legendary fantasy game En Garde!, groundbreaking SF role playing game Traveller: The New Era and many others. Chadwick’s SF novels include science fiction adventure How Dark the World Becomes and steampunk masterpiece The Forever Engine, both from Baen Books.

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The Forever Engine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lgken More than 1 year ago
This is a superb steampunk novel that is also a well done mystery. Jack Fargo seems to be a professor of history from our near future. He seems to be transported back in time to Victorian England. However as a historian, he notices some differences in the history of this England. While not a scientist, he is well educated enough to notice some differences in the science such as floating ironclads using a technology that does not exist in his time. That is the central mystery of the novel. Fargo's arrival is a mystery to his English hosts but not to someone else who is intent on kidnapping him and also killing the people who are his hosts. Finding out that mystery leads to a secret military expedition to the Balkans. What makes this novel so superb is Chadwick recreates the cultures of the time. To a modern American or even a modern Englishman, Victorian England would be a foreign country. The class system dominates society and is rigidly enforced and Chadwick does an excellent job of presenting this society. This steampunk society is not modern society dressed up in steampunk costumes. Despite sparse physical descriptions of the characters, Chadwick vividly describes them by their words and actions so there is little confusion as to who is whom. The story moves quickly. The plot developments makes sense. Much of the problems that befalls the expedition are the result of inadequate intelligence, preparations and the stupidity of arrogance just like many actual military disasters. The bottom line is once I started this novel, I could not stop reading until I finished. This novel is well written enough that even someone with no interest in steampunk will find it interesting. For someone interested in steampunk, this novel will not disappoint.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Forever Engine is a steampunk adventure to an alternate dimension. Stranded in an another reality, American Jack Fargo fights to survive, struggles with unfamiliar politics and return to his daughter. The story is gritty and raw and the lines between friend and foe blur. Sometimes the actions were over described, slowing the stories pace but over all I found Forever Engine a wonderfully dark romp into a fabulously undiscovered steampumk world. I received an ARC copy of The Forever Engine from Baen Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 7, 2014.