Friday 1 April 2011

A is for Abaddon Books

I first contacted Abaddon Books about writing for them back in October 2005. Now, more than five years on, I'm about to have my seventh novel published with them and am starting out on writing the eighth.

The series I created for Abaddon was the steampunk Pax Britannia series. Since then others have written for the series, most notably 2000AD luminary Al Ewing, but the adventures of dandy and agent of the crown Ulysses Quicksilver are my baby.

The first three novels (Unnatural History, Leviathan Rising and Human Nature) have now been collected together in The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus (Vol.1), but there are also another three titles already available (Evolution Expects, Blood Royal and Dark Side) with Anno Frankenstein, Ulysses' seventh adventure, coming this May.

Action and Adventure in a New Age of Steam!
Join Ulysses Quicksilver - dandy, adventurer and agent of the crown - as he battles the enemies of the Empire in this collection of rip-roaring steampunk adventures. This action-packed tome brings you three sensational tales...

Unnatural History
Queen Victoria is celebrating the 160th year of her reign, but all is not well at the heart of the empire. An eminent professor of evolutionary biology goes missing. A catastrophic Overground rail-crash unleashes the dinosaurs of London Zoo. Is this the work of crazed revolutionaries, or are more sinister forces at work? For Ulysses the game if afoot!

Leviathan Rising
It's all aboard the Neptune, the latest in submersible cruise-liners, for a jolly ocean jaunt. But what starts out as a holiday quickly turns into a voyage of terror for Ulysses and his companions. A brutal murder is committed and then an act of sabotage plunges the Neptune into the abyssal depths. There a deadly secret awaits them, as the Leviathan strikes!

Human Nature
The Whitby Mermaid is stolen from Cruickshank's Cabinet of Curiosities and Ulysses Quicksilver is soon on the case. What does the theft have to do with the mysterious House of Monkeys? And what of the enigmatic criminal known as Magpie? Ulysses' investigation takes him to Whitby, where something sinister lurks on the moors, carefully choosing its victim!


Hart Johnson said...

Wow--you were early to the steampunk party! Good for you!

Jonathan Green said...


Which is why you can understand why I was a little miffed when I read a review for The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, in the Guardian late in 2008, which claimed:

"Steampunk is making a comeback, and with this novel Mann is leading the charge."

Leading the charge? I don't think so. And that wasn't all that was wrong with that particular review...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a pretty darn good book. I like Steampunk, and write near futire sci-fi, which is like a modern day steampunk. Hope that made sense.

Deirdra A. Eden said...

I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Best of Sci/Fi Award.

Go to and pick up your award.


Jonathan Green said...

Hi Hart

I like to think of myself as the person who arrives at the time printed on the invitation and then waits anxiously beside the cheese and pineapple, trying not to eat all the crisps, desperately hoping someone else turns up soon!

Jonathan Green said...

Hi Stephen

I checked out your blog. Your books sound great! Off to Amazon now to pick one up...

Jonathan Green said...

Hi Deidra

Thanks very much!

I'll be posting my aware on my blog imminently.