Ron Gill


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  • Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus on Sep. 16, 2012

    Steampunk Holmes packs elements of Sherlock Holmes, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the steampunk universe together in a story that will appeal to anyone with an active imagination. Sherlock tears around London on a seam powered motorcycle. Dr. Watson has a bionic arm, Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock's sister. The villain escapes in a dramatic airship chase. What's not to like in a story with all these new takes on old characters and conventions of Victorian England in 1885. No, it is not the way Arthur Conan Doyle told a story, but if you set out to re-imagine, rather then recreate, then the characters and situations ought to be different from Doyle. This manuscript is intended to be combined with images and sound for presentation on a tablet, and any final judgment on Steampunk Holmes should rest until the completed production can be viewed on a digital device, but the text has an unfinished feel. It reads as though it was written in parts and then assembled without adequate transitions. The story has it's strong points. Holmes' motorcycle pursuit of the airship across the English countryside puts you right in the side car with Watson firing a Gatling gun.