We’re halfway through and after we kicked off the month with one of the books that started it all, we should pay homage to another of the three founding authors of the steampunk literary movement. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers is a 1983 time travel fantasy novel. It won the 1983 Philip K. Dick Award and 1984 Science Fiction Chronicle Award.
In 1801 the British have risen to power in Egypt and suppress the worship of the old Egyptian gods. A cabal of magicians plan to drive the British out of Egypt by bringing the gods forward in time from an age when they were still powerful and unleashing them on London, thereby destroying the British Empire. In 1802, a failed attempt by the magicians to summon Anubis opens magical gates in a predictable pattern across time and space.
In 1983, ailing millionaire J. Cochran Darrow has discovered the gates and found that they make time travel possible. Darrow organizes a trip to the past for fellow millionaires to attend a lecture by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810. He hires Professor Brendan Doyle to attend and give expert commentary. One of the magicians, Doctor Romany, happens to spy the time travelers and kidnaps Doyle before he can return. Doyle manages to escape torture and flees back to London, now trapped in the 19th century.
But that’s not all…
This is the final image from Space Machine Imagery before the big giveaway tomorrow. See more of Ruud De Korte’s stunning work by following this link.
The items up for grabs on 15th April is a paperback copy of The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers and a high resolution image from Space Machine Imagery.
We would like to extend our thanks to Mr Powers and Ruud De Korte for donating their wonderful talents and prizes for the Steampunk Journal Steampunk Giveaway!
Make sure you watch the Facebook page for the winner being announced!
Stay tuned for the next day’s prizes! Or you can view the list here: Steampunk Journal’s April Giveaway