Let me know when you figure it out. I'm a big fan of the Weird West!
Warren C. Bennett said:
I am planning out a short story set in the Old West. I am much fonder of Western steampunk than Victorian...
Now i Just have to figure out a plot :)
I am writing a Steampunk story relating directly to Armageddon. A miner finds an ancient gate that leads to an underground vault filled with legendary amounts of treasure...or disaster. Mr.Tides, a respected politician and entrepreneur sets out to find the Eight Rings of Melidona: the keys for opening the legendary safe. Vince, a lower-class mechanic and inventor gets news of this and must stop Mr.Tides and his mercenaries from opening the door to Armageddon and save the planet!
(Perhaps it is slightly cheesy, but man it's fun to write!!)
Currently working on a short story set on Mars, 1906. The great Aether-ships have crossed the void and brought Englishmen to a dead planet, save for the self-programming "clankers" built by the long-extinct Martians. The British Empire has fallen on Earth, bit by bit, thanks to the massive expenditures on keeping the Martian colony alive and a premature world war fought over Germany and Austria-Hungary's attempts to build aether ships of their own.
That's the gist of the setting. Part of a collaborative effort which, if all goes well, will be featured on Youtube as audiofiction with accompanying artwork.
Also, the ongoing short-story series about a bounty hunter from our own world in the employ of a nefarious doctor, before he double-crosses her and leaves her stranded in an alternate reality where the Czars still rule Russia. Probably the most foul-mouthed set of stories I've ever written. Two parts in, I don't know how much further it'll go.
I reckon this sounds well cool! - Pete Francis
'Memoirs of a Gadget'? I'm surprised there's so little use of the orient in steampunk, or in fact all alternate historical novels. The far east was such a strange place to the western world in the 19th century, much more foriegn than we could imagine now. The possibilities are huge.
Or, I suppose the Charlie Chan films of the 40s may have conned us all into thinking any Asian of the time must be a villain.
Good luck with the story, Anna.