SteamPunk fiction invokes the style and sensibilities of Victorian science fiction, and the Secret Stories transform the text of public-domain Victorian fiction into SteamPunk-flavored erotica. In the "Secret Stories" series, Arcadia Berger takes the public-domain texts of classic works of 19th Century fiction and rewrites them as erotic entertainments for a 21st Century audience.
In "The Secret Story of the Diamond Lens", Linley, a man obsessed with perfecting the microcope, kills to possess the giant diamond which he needs to carve a lens for a microscope of unheard-of power. Through his diamond lens, he sees a microscopic woman, and falls in love with her. He names her "Animula", and is entranced by her grace and her transparent beauty as she swims through the endless seas of a drop of water.
He loses interest in the women around him, and sinks even deeper into madness as he gazes upon her, even knowing he can never touch her, nor even speak to her -- that he can watch her frolic among the microscopic forests every day, but is unable to make her aware of his existence.
And then, Animula seems to fall ill -- can Linley save her, or must he watch her die? And can he save his own mind from his descent into madness?
About the Author
Arcadia Berger was recently profiled in her hometown newspaper. She finds it extremely flattering, and only slightly scary, seeing her name on the cover, knowing that very few of her neighbors know who "Arcadia Berger" really is....