Stacey Anderson Laatsch wrote her first collection of short stories in requirement for an M.A. in English in 2004. After a brief and miserable stint as an adjunct English instructor, she returned to writing full time. She lives in the Midwestern U.S. with her husband and two daughters.
Her first fiction series, Warnings to the Curious, is a planned series of connected stories set in an alternate history where scientific advancement, foremost the study of electricity, has been banned.
The first story in the Warnings to the Curious series, Faraday & Frankenstein, is available free.
For more info, visit Stacey at www.StaceyLaatsch.com or find her on Twitter and Facebook.
on Sep. 13, 2013 :
Faraday & Frankenstein (Warnings to the Curious #1) is a good pseudo-steampunk short story that is well worth your time. It sticks closely to an old-fashioned journal style of writing that only very occasionally feels heavy-handed, but it doesn't fall into the trap of slow moving prose that some others that try to write in this style fall prey to.
Aside from the occasional over-done prose, the only significant complaint I have is to a piece of technology and how it is described in the story. Not to spoil anything, but there is a device in Faraday & Frankenstein that almost the entire plot hinges upon. And, it's just not ever described in much detail, and when it is described it is really implausible. I know steampunk is pretty much based off of implausible technology, but this is on an entirely different level.
That said, Faraday & Frankenstein is still a good short story. If you enjoy steampunk, nineteenth century style writing, or just a good way to spend an hour or two, and are willing to overlook a fantastical plot device, I highly recommend this.
(review of free book)
on July 13, 2013 :
This short work is a good read. If you know who Michael Faraday & Mary Shelley were you will find yourself in a world that could have been.
If you don't know who they were, then this is just a well written short historical science fiction.
There is a promise of more works in the universe and I look forward to reading more.
(review of free book)