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Cover illustration "Cold Horror Awaits" © 2010 and cover design by Mitchell Davidson Bentley

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To my wife, Sherry, who handed me the character of Arkady Bloom to play with, and to J. K. Richárd, who convinced me to write this story.

It started with a bunch of Englishmen and a steam fair in New York City.

Not that it was any of my concern, not at first. Unless they were appearing in the Federal courthouse where I spent most of my semi-retirement acting as bailiff and guard, they weren't my worry. That's not to say I didn't walk down and see the exhibits. I didn't care about the new steam tractors or engines, but I wasn't about to miss the airships the Brits had flown over, giant floating bags of gas with an undercarriage for passengers and cargo.

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