D. L. Mackenzie pounds on a computer somewhere in the desiccated cultural wilderness of Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not writing or more gainfully employed elsewhere, he enjoys hiking the valley's surrounding mountains, traveling, listening to obscure music, and performing unremarkable household chores with his hyperactive wife. He has a love/hate relationship with American politics and is known to bore and annoy anyone within earshot with his radically sensible political ideas. He has written scads of scandalously intemperate opinion pieces and a short story or two, but remains smitten with classic fiction by such authors as Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, and H. G. Wells. His new (2012) series "The Magnetron Chronicles" brings eccentric inventor Phineas J. Magnetron out of mothballs for new tongue-in-cheek neo-Victorian adventures in the heady Age of Steam.
In this fifth volume of the Magnetron Chronicles series, Magnetron’s mysterious disappearance in 1901 is revealed, as are his romantic interests. Having journeyed to Berlin, the Hogalum Society members seek to clear their names and hunt down Eldridge Compost before he can do more harm. In so doing, they will be drawn into Compost’s schemes, culminating in a battle to the death over German skies.
In this fourth volume of the Magnetron Chronicles series, Phineas Magnetron and the Hogalum Society find themselves the victims of a treacherous plot by the perfidious League of Miscreants. Framed, captured, jailed, and betrayed by one of their own, they must regain their freedom despite overwhelming evidence. In so doing, they solve a host of mysteries and set the stage for a pivotal battle.
In this third novelette in the Magnetron Chronicles series, Phineas Magnetron and the Hogalum Society are quite literally drawn to the incomparable lost city of Zhen Atu. There they find the lost passengers and crew of the Salmagundi, and learn that the laws of physics are not as straightforward as previously believed. Indeed, the very nature and genesis of mankind are called into question.
In this first novelette of the Magnetron Chronicles series, eccentric Nineteenth Century inventor Phineas J. Magnetron reveals his association with the secretive Hogalum Society. When his mentor and Society founder Dr. Hogalum dies, Phineas embarks on a daring and improbable caper to bring the good doctor's greatest dream to fruition posthumously, thus unearthing a haunting and compelling mystery.
In this second novelette in the Magnetron Chronicles series, Phineas Magnetron and the Hogalum Society investigate the disappearance of President Grant's West Point ring. Their investigation becomes intertwined with the mystery of Spring-heeled Jack, the shadowy terror of England, leading them from Calais to London, and back to America for a bizarre encounter with the notorious General Southwick.