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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 neighbor’s genetic experiment must’ve gone wrong. Now your door won’t keep the hideous thing out much longer.
Steven R. Southard I’d go aboard Captain Nemo’s Nautilus and ask to join Nemo for dinner, conversation, and a tour of the sub.
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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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10 Traits Writers Need Most

What traits do you need to become a successful fiction writer? Of those, which are most important?





Author Anne R. Allen wrote a blogpost some years ago that inspired this line of thinking for me. She had encountered people who thought talent was necessary, and sufficient. They’d send her their written excerpts and ask, “Do you think I’ve got the talent?”





Anne Allen argued, persuasively, that natural

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Merlin Missions Collection by Mary Pope Osborne
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This review only addresses book #11 of the series: Dark Day in the Deep Sea. It's not listed separately in Goodreads.

My seven-year-old granddaughter loaned me her copy of this book to read. She has many others in the series. When I was about her age,
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Mutiny on the Moonbeam by Rie Sheridan Rose
"Branwyn St. Clair runs away from home to escape her evil stepfather and stows away on the first ship she sees in the harbor.

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Mutiny on the Moonbeam by Rie Sheridan Rose
"I will say that the concept is so inventive and fun. I would have loved to see more of the world and understood how everything works and what the hierarchy is for certain beings. There was a fair amount of action and I really enjoyed the Captain and " Read more of this review »
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Mutiny on the Moonbeam by Rie Sheridan Rose
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This delightful fantasy novel finds a young girl, Branwyn St. Clair, running from the authorities for a murder she didn’t commit. She stows away aboard a ship and wakens to find it’s a ship manned by elves. The piratical elves have enslaved tiny fair ...more
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
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It’s a very thought-provoking book by a deep thinker. Although the ‘lessons’ are somewhat of a hodge-podge, the chapters are well organized and the author links them together well.

I especially liked the chapters on Religion, Immigration, Terrorism,
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Winter World by A.G. Riddle
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It’s an exciting and thoughtful sci-fi adventure. The audiobook was sell narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb.

The author does a great job postulating the geo-political implications of sudden global cooling. Readers will see this world
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The Devil's Tree by Susan McCauley
The Devil's Tree
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A twisted, barren tree stands on the outskirts of a small Texas town. The tree contains an ancient evil, a horror awaiting any who get too near. Kaitlyn Karly, a high-school girl ashamed of her trailer-park poverty, is among those who unwittingly app ...more
Red Thunder by John Varley
"John Varley is an author I and a good friend "discovered" while we were in high school. I have enjoyed Varley's work ever since and he has really never disappointed me. Red Thunder is a lot of fun to read though the build up was slow-my best advice i" Read more of this review »
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Red Thunder by John Varley
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If you ignore the cover and title page, you might think that a somehow-resurrected Robert A. Heinlein wrote this book. The style, the plot, the characters, and the setting are that similar to RAH’s novels.

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Mr Palomar by Italo Calvino
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This book provides a series of episodes in the life of the fictional “Mr. Palomar.” We find out little biographical information about Palomar, except that he has a wife and some children. Mr. Palomar observes the world in a manner differently from mo ...more
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Travel with us through the pages of Jules Verne and explore adventures new and old.
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4954 Alternate History — 280 members — last activity Jun 02, 2020 10:02AM
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 — 49 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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