You know the answer to this is no, right?
Where is your current work-in-progress set? How have you gone about researching it?
As you scroll down through the comments, don't forget there are several pages of them, so click through the numbers to read them. :)
I had one story set in St. Petersburg, geography drawn from an 1871 map with some creative extrapolation. That was the only time I used a "real" geographical location for a Steampunk story, really, and I already knew a great deal of Russian history. I'm glad to see others haven't neglected the land of the Czars as a viable, and to me, more interesting setting than England.
That being said, Qing China and Moghul India both strike me as fascinating possibilities. And, most of all, Africa, where airships supply Timbuktu in the still-thriving Empire of Mali, the Zulus have kicked out the British, and great locomotives carry ivory to the Swahili Coast from Zimbabwe.
Definitely not. There's the entire Victorian era world.
I have two set in the Old West, one in North Africa, one in China, and of course the Shakespeare which doesn't have a setting yet.
I read. A lot. Journals from the era, history, scientific encyclopedias, dictionaries, books and magazines from the era, myths, legends, and tons of anthropology as well as anything I can get my hands on that looks even remotely related
We just watched "Island at the Top of the World" the other night. You all know the one, where the man goes off to the Antarctic to find his missing son. He hires/buys an airship and his captain. When they get there they find Astragaarde where the Vikings have survived and flourished, if you will.
So this should be a pretty easy premise.
Hugh Ashton said:
Now this is getting interesting. If the Vikings survived, with occasional contact with Europe (say the fur trade with an annual argosy, similar to the Spanish flotas) up to say the 15th-16th century, and developed a culture that ignored Christianity, but otherwise mimicked Northern European development, perhaps a couple of centuries later...
How to treat the relationships between these neo-Vikings and the First Peoples?
I have a book that I have yet to actually pick a location. Written 50K words and will hopefully figure that out soon enough though.
I do have the bare bones of a short story that I am setting around Sierra Leone. It has some very interesting political issues and I figure the landscape is ripe for my vivid imagination.