Fiendish Schemes by K. W. Jeter

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So with the caveat that I think some of the debating goes on too long, I find myself impressed. The old master has not lost his flair for the absurdities of the world. Fiendish Schemes is recommended.
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In 1986 K. W. Jeter coined the term "steampunk," applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned with Fiendish Schemes, a tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in new self-imposed exile…accumulating debts.

The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London, a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father's grandest invention―a walking, steam-powered lighthouse―Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans of which he can only guess.

If he can locate and make his father's Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future, he is promised, is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but is more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity―and making money―than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and the steam-powered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world.

 

About K. W. Jeter

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K.W. Jeter is a respected American novelist who wrote what was likely the first true cyberpunk novel, Dr. Adder, which was enthusiastically recommended by Philip K. Dick. His many original novels range between dark noir-horror and visionary science fiction. He has also written several authorised sequels to Blade Runner (aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep).
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Angry Robot. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Above average
on Aug 18 2013

Though the plot—improbable, even by steampunk standards—of this intricate yarn runs out of, er, steam, about three-quarters of the way through, there’s plenty of humor to keep things churning.

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Good
Reviewed by David Marshall on Nov 14 2013

So with the caveat that I think some of the debating goes on too long, I find myself impressed. The old master has not lost his flair for the absurdities of the world. Fiendish Schemes is recommended.

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