Saturday, December 22, 2012

Daily Kindle Bargains - 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey by Peter A. Smalley

20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey by Peter A. Smalley is available on Kindle for just $4.99. For Amazon Prime members, the book is free in the Lending Library.

This collection was published by Kindling Press. One story was reprinted in Imaginarium 2012, a collection of the best Canadian science fiction of the year.


"I'm sorry, Captain Nemo. I can't let you do that."

In 1870, Jules Verne published 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, an instant classic of Victorian science fiction that took readers a fantastical journey beneath the waves with dreams of wondrous technologies. A century later, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey, a classic of modern science fiction film that took viewers on an even more fantastical journey into the stars...and showed them not only the wonders of technology, but also its terrors. 

Now, in good speculative fiction style, ten authors will bring readers along on a journey that combines the two.

Whether diving beneath the waves or sailing among the clouds, readers of 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey will see how technologies of a past that never was can spring to life with all the wonder of futures that might never be. Some futures are darker than others, however, and the cost of discoveries and innovation may be higher than any human being is willing to bear. In this anthologie readers will find aspects of both Verne and Kubrick: wonders and terrors await, and discoveries and adventures lie around every corner - not all of them pleasant. Find out for yourself what you will dare, how much you will risk, and how far you may go in this anthologie of ten tales of wonder and imagination. 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey!

From the Reviewers:

"Smalley weaves his words onto the page with a flourish and a clear passion for his genre." --The Gate

"For those new to steampunk, 20001 is a terrific way to sample a variety of flavors in the genre. For those already smitten with 19th century mad science, this anthology has a lot to offer. I read through colorful tales loaded with compelling descriptions and excellent attention to detail. 20001: A Steampunk Odyssey makes for an excellent primer for the novices and a pleasing voyage for fans.”

--R. K. MacPherson, Amazon review

About the Author:

"No one is safe around a writer." - Lanford Wilson, American playwright (1937-2011)

Peter A. Smalley was not so much born as he was the object of a suitably ominous origin story. If only Marvel had been more attentive, I, Writer might even now be a successful comic and movie franchise starring Colin Farrell. So it goes.

Like so many writers and mad scientists, Peter knew from an early age he was different from the other children. In the third grade he told his teachers he wanted to be a 'cemist' (sic) and although he has since fulfilled that precocious goal, his youthful ambitions in science came too late to fully obscure his first love; he had already written his first work of fiction a year prior, the accurately entitled A Second Grade Tragedy. Since that tender age these twin abiding passions have illuminated the oft-crooked path leading through both his formal and informal educations.

Peter was raised in Seattle, Washington. In 2011 his picture appeared in the New York Times for something that had nothing directly to do with writing, but coincidentally, his first self-published work also came out in 2011: a speculative fantasy novella titled The Burning Times ( This was quickly followed by the full-length fantasy novel Grimme (, which likewise took place in an alternate-history setting known as The Europas Cycle. He co-edited and contributed to the acclaimed recent anthologie 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey ( His Shakespearean Steampunk novella Full Fathom Five ( appears in the anthologie and as a stand-alone ebook. Disbelief, his first Paranormal Romance thriller, came out in Summer 2012. He is also the founder of Kindling Press, an independent epublishing imprint, along with co-founder Jason Vanhee.

Peter can be found on Twitter (@Peter_Smalley), FaceBook (, Google Plus, and occasionally hither but more often yon.

Also, be sure to visit his small press website and his Amazon author link.

Click here to download 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey (or a free sample) to your Kindle.

For the UK version, click here.