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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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Steven R. Southard The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman
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Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
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The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman
The World is Flat, by Thomas L. Friedman
Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
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Steven R. Southard My life has been pretty humdrum, without much mystery in it. If pressed, I guess I could turn one of the following events into a decent book plot:
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My life has been pretty humdrum, without much mystery in it. If pressed, I guess I could turn one of the following events into a decent book plot:
1. I’d sure like to know who stole that priceless Incan idol I kept in the attic.
2. I’ve always wondered who committed all those murders aboard the submarine I served on.
3. It would be great if someone could help me decipher the radio message I received from the region of the Crab Nebula.
4. I lost that danged piece of paper with the immortality recipe; it would be good to find that.
5. A guru appeared in a dream and told me the purpose of life; sure wish I hadn’t forgotten it when I woke up.
6. Something left yard-long reptilian footprints in my back yard along with burned grass and scorch marks on my siding. There are some huge, speckled eggs, too. Should I let those hatch or enjoy them scrambled with a side of bacon?
7. When the sinkhole down the street opened up last week, I dropped a stone into it and never heard an impact. I’m curious what’s down there, but too scared to explore it myself.
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A Steampunk Carol

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The Six Hundred Dollar Man

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Rallying Cry/Last Vessel of...

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A Tale More True

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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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Within Victorian Mists

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The Sea-Wagon of Yantai

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You finished that first draft of your story. Whew! What’s next? Most likely, you’ll need to work on second and subsequent drafts, like a sculptor smoothing and texturing a statue. How do you do that?

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Factfulness by Hans Rosling
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Perspective. Can we all just look at things with a little perspective? That's my big take-away from reading Factfulness. The author makes the point that in 1800, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, nearly all of humanity was living in terrible ...more
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
"I talk about the developed and developing world all the time, but I shouldn’t.

My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.” Any categorization that lumps together China and the Democratic Republic of Congo is too broa..." Read more of this review »
SPQR by Mary Beard
"Books that span 1000 years of Roman history are usually about the empire’s decline; this one is how Rome was built. Mary Beard’s sweep of events goes beyond the consuls, senators, generals and emperors to cover the lives of their spouses, the midd..." Read more of this review »
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"Mary Beard writes about how Rome grew, not about why it collapsed. That focus is rare in books about Rome. And she doesn't look at Rome out of admiration, or as a guide to how the world works (the past repeats in the present, etc..) "The Romans we..." Read more of this review »
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S.P.Q.R. is a very interesting and informative history of the Roman Republic and subsequent Empire. In it, the author makes use of recent archaeological discoveries unavailable to previous historians.

Ms. Beard departs from the common 'strong man' ana
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The Deep Range by Arthur C. Clarke
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In 2018, we're a lot closer to the timeframe of the story (the 2030s, I think) than Clarke was when he had the novel published in 1957. So, you're going to have to forgive Clarke some laughable predictions.

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Discrimination and Disparities by Thomas Sowell
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Thomas Sowell does a remarkable job of explaining, in simple language, the various categories of discrimination, and of citing numerous examples where people often assign bad motives to others as a way of explaining why some disparities exist. Sowell ...more
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Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
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I got my first volume of Strunk & White in college, then picked up a second copy a few years later. I re-read the book every few years. This is the first time I listened to the audiobook version, and I don't recommend that version. It's hard to f ...more
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The Author at Work by Jenna Blum
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I haven't read the author's novels, but this is a fine audiobook for beginning writers. With the tales of her struggles to get published, listeners will learn that writing well is not easy at first.

I've been writing short stories for years and have
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48310 Jules Verne — 78 members — last activity Feb 14, 2019 01:45PM
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66954 Dieselpunk Reads — 47 members — last activity Apr 28, 2017 06:59AM
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 peopl ...more



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