In a Bright Glass

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Giant heliostats! A mechanical leg and two Protestant infidels in Italy! More

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About Virginia Marybury

Virginia Marybury read Russian and French at university, and wrote her M.A. dissertation on late Soviet corruption, so you may imagine the sort of people she writes about!

In a Bright Glass is the first of an alternative history series, a history of climate cooling, which came out of a short sequence about the Little Ice Age in Andrew Marr's History of the World series for the BBC. Following chance encounters with articles (in both the Guardian and Telegraph) about Rjukan, Norway, where a mountainside heliostat now brings sunlight into a gloomy valley in winter; suddenly there was a picturesquely wintry setting for smuggling and greed for technology.

The Electric Gingerbread House, an "Easter Egg" short story in this ice-age steampunk world, appeared in Steampunk Fairytales, Volume II, in October 2016.

Another novella, interlocking with In a Bright Glass, is in progress, and expected in 2018.

Separately, in another universe, "Iron Curtain," was published in the Tau Press anthology The Faraday Cage, in May 2016.


Review by: David Neilson on Dec. 03, 2016 :
"In A Bright Glass" beckons us into a still more exotic Ravenna than we’ve known, alongside Llewellyn-Gareth, a Welshman abroad on a mission, with many a crisis to overcome and a mechanical leg that’s not helping. On his richly atmospheric way, not excluding airships, we meet his outrageous Chestertonian nephew and a cast of characters which takes in the affecting, the conniving, and the downright dangerous. A quirky tale full of unexpected turns which doesn’t just enjoy the striking visuals of steampunk, but which is also convincingly attuned to the speech rhythms of the epoch.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

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