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If you like the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, you'll enjoy my stories. My fiction tends to involve the sea, and I often base my stories on an historical premise, or set them in an historical era. Ideas prevalent in my works include submarines, the ocean, the evolution of technology, and how the past could have been different. I've written in the following genres: steampunk, science fiction, historical, alternate history, and fantasy.

Jules Verne's works inspired me to major in engineering, serve in the U.S. submarine force, and work in a submarine-related field.

Feel free to dive into my website at http://www.stevenrsouthard.com
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20,000 Leagues Remembered

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A Steampunk Carol

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The Six Hundred Dollar Man

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Leonardo's Lion

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The Wind-Sphere Ship

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Alexander's Odyssey

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Against All Gods

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On the Hunt for Weak Verbs

The English language cries out for more verbs.

Verbs strengthen sentences and energize them with action. Nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and the rest just sit there, doing nothing, until the verb wakes them up and sets them into motion.

Yet, for all their importance, verbs constitute only about one seventh of all English words. We need more of them.

I know, I know. Writers, especially ad

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
"It is again unpopular opinion time! It seems it becomes a rule for me not to enjoy a book that everyone seems to love. Well, someone has to. Here we go with the review. Prepare your tomatoes and raw eggs (someone actually threw a raw egg at me once f" Read more of this review »
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book bound to appear on a large number of coffee tables and favorite lists, and be picked up even by those who normally would not find the time for reading. It will certainly not be the next A Brief History " Read more of this review »
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Having enjoyed Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, I was eager to read Sapiens. What a marvelous romp through the history of the Homo genus, and not just the sapiens species! His brand of history is different than most. He rarely mentions wars, ...more
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Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks
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It’s a delightful book. A nice addition to the canon of books about writing, written by famous authors. Brooks gives helpful advice, not only about how a beginning writer should start out, but also about the attitude a writer should have to the craft ...more
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The Author’s Checklist by Elizabeth K. Kracht
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Read this book, but not the way I did it. Do not read it as an audiobook while driving. Why not? I spent much of the time telling myself, “I gotta remember that. How do I make a note of that for later?” At the end, I realized I needed to purchase the ...more
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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling
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The book’s title, subtitle, and blurb seem to promise a critique, by way of real-life example, of libertarianism as a governing principle. I expected the author to attempt to prove that libertarianism, applied in an actual town, failed to hold up aga ...more
A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear by Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling
"This is an absolute mess of a book, the structure is infuriating and overwrought, the emphasis on gun ownership is bizarre (no one is actually injured by a firearm in Grafton, this scary gun toting town), the "problem solving bears" nonsense, the com" Read more of this review »
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The book’s title, subtitle, and blurb seem to promise a critique, by way of real-life example, of libertarianism as a governing principle. I expected the author to attempt to prove that libertarianism, applied in an actual town, failed to hold up aga ...more
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The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem
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The blurb promised a ‘post-apocalyptic yarn about two siblings, the man that came between them, and a nuclear-powered super car.’ Sounded like an irresistible science fiction blurb to me.

Don’t expect a typical book of the SF genre. The Arrest is lit
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220 Goodreads Librarians Group — 128753 members — last activity 2 minutes ago
A place where all Goodreads members can work together to improve the Goodreads book catalog. Non-librarians are welcome to join the group as well, to ...more
48310 Jules Verne — 76 members — last activity Feb 14, 2019 01:45PM
Travel with us through the pages of Jules Verne and explore adventures new and old.
72538 The Steampunk, Cyberpunk, and Other Fictitious and Non-Fictitious Works Group — 146 members — last activity Mar 16, 2017 04:27AM
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4954 Alternate History — 289 members — last activity Jul 21, 2021 07:56PM
This group is for those fans of authors such as S.M. Stirling, Harry Turtledove and others who provide us with fascinating "What-If" scenarios in the ...more
66954 Dieselpunk Reads — 47 members — last activity Jul 28, 2020 12:34PM
A group to chat about Dieselpunk fiction, for both authors and readers. Authors feel free to start a thread if you have a book published, to let peo ...more
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