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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 The Kraken King
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Released as a serial in eight instalments, 15 April to 3 June 2014. Later published in a single volume.

Notes

  • Set almost entirely on the coast of Western Australia, with an interlude in the north of the country, which in this universe is under the control of the Japanese: the 'Red Wall' divides Japanese imperial territory from the rest of Australia.
  • Steampunk note: This story features a steampunk melange of airships, pirates, and imperial power. The point of departure in this alternate history is 1241BCE: Ögedei Khan, son of Genghis Khan and second khagan of the Mongol Empire, dies, just as he did in our history. However, while the real Ögedei Khan's death fractured the Mongol Empire, this Ögedei Khan is succeeded immediately by Batu Khan, allowing the Mongol Empire to increase in strength through continuity of leadership. Little changes for the following two hundred years, until the Golden Empire (also called the Horde) invades western Asia with their war machines. In addition to steampunk technology, the Empire also controls people with nanotechnology (which also creates zombies).

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part One : The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510301 2014 single work novella fantasy romance

'A former smuggler and thief, Ariq–better known as the Kraken King–doesn't know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she's a spy or a pawn in someone else's game, Ariq isn't about to let her out of his sight until he finds out...

'After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own–besides the stories she writes.

'But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Two : The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510409 2014 single work novella fantasy romance

'As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.

'For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.

'But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Three : The Kraken King and the Fox's Den Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510481 2014 single work novella fantasy romance

'After a harrowing escape, Zenobia, Ariq, and their company take refuge in a gold rush town—but their temporary port is just a respite before traveling to the dangerous smugglers’ dens. Ariq is determined to uncover the men responsible for the threat to Krakentown, even if it means confronting the notorious den lords.

'But when he discovers evidence in Zenobia’s letters connecting her to the Horde rebellion, he realizes that the threat is far greater than he had suspected. His loyalties torn, Ariq must distance himself from the fascinating woman he desperately wants to hold closer.

'Stunned and hurt by Ariq’s inexplicable coldness, Zenobia prepares to leave the dens and continue her journey to the Red City. But in the smugglers’ dens, danger lurks around every corner, and all of her protection is gone…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Four : The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510538 2014 single work novella romance fantasy

'The Kraken King has declared that Zenobia Fox is under his protection—and with her identity revealed, she needs that protection more than ever. But it comes with a price when Ariq demands that Zenobia reveal her secrets in return.

'Ariq wants nothing more than for Zenobia to trust him, and he knows exactly which sensual tricks will breach her defenses. But although she urgently desires the powerful governor, Zenobia isn’t a woman who will be easily won with a few passionate kisses.

'When his ambush goes awry, Ariq discovers just how deeply he can hurt her—but the real danger to Zenobia is one that he never expected…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Five : The Kraken King and the Iron Heart Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510600 2014 single work novella romance fantasy

'With their lives and the fate of an empire at stake, Ariq is forced to leave Zenobia behind. Held captive by their enemies, Zenobia can only pray that Ariq keeps his promise to come for her—until a terrible loss prods her to action.

'Ariq has no intention of handing over the Skybreaker to the two men responsible for the marauders’ attacks against Krakentown—but without a ransom to give them, Ariq must risk everything to rescue Zenobia and stop the swarming forces bent on destruction…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Six : The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510655 2014 single work novella romance fantasy

'Reunited, Ariq and Zenobia must journey over the red wall and make a desperate appeal to the one woman with enough power to halt the marauders’ plans—the Empress of Nippon.

'But even the Kraken King cannot demand the attentions of an empress. Masked and quarantined, Ariq and Zenobia are forced to bide their time. Despite the fact that they are as physically close as two people can be, Zenobia is trying to keep the man she can’t help but love at a distance, terrified she’ll be hurt again. And all the while, the mysteries of the Living City grow around them…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Seven : The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510856 2014 single work novella fantasy romance

'In the imperial city, nothing escapes the attention of the empress’s spies. After a visit from an old friend rekindles her every fear, Zenobia must decide whether to trust Ariq with her heart—and the Kraken King must decide whether he can ever let her go.

'But when danger invades their lovers’ sanctuary, Ariq and Zenobia will have to put aside their troubled emotions. Outwitting their enemies and the Empress will be no easy feat. Luckily, they have a few allies waiting in the wings…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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y separately published work icon The Kraken King, Part Eight : The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure Meljean Brook , New York (City) : Intermix , 2014 10510985 2014 single work novella romance fantasy

'Arriving in Krakentown with their enemies in hot pursuit, Zenobia doesn’t know how they can even hope to win. Being terrified brings forth an undeniable truth: she loves Ariq and will do whatever it takes to stand by him.

'But as their adversaries appear on the horizon, they realize that not all is lost. Drawing on the power of the terrible war machine, Ariq, Zenobia, and the entire town must put their lives on the line to protect what they love…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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The Ends of Empire : Australian Steampunk and the Reimagining of Euro-Modernity Catriona Mills , Geoffrey Hondroudakis , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , December vol. 33 no. 4 2018;

'The rise of steampunk – speculative-fiction works set in a Victorian or pseudo-Victorian world marked by steam-powered technology – has led to a range of debates about what the genre is, what it does, and, more significantly for this paper, what it fails to do. Drawing on a range of steampunk works set in Australia, we explore the extent to which steampunk is able to grapple with coloniality, both in the Victorian period from which it draws and in the colonial present in which it is set. Is steampunk condemned to limit itself to a western-technocratic teleology or is it capable of critiquing or even circumventing colonial pasts? After setting out steampunk’s adherence to the problem-spaces of Euro-modernity, we focus closely on works by D.M. Cornish, Meljean Brook, and Dave Freer to highlight three ways in which authors writing Australian steampunk highlight non-hegemonic subjectivities and settings: secondary worlds and their historical distance, the mediated spaces of alternate histories, and the foregrounding of colonial brutalities in a traditional steampunk setting.'

Source: Abstract.

The Ends of Empire : Australian Steampunk and the Reimagining of Euro-Modernity Catriona Mills , Geoffrey Hondroudakis , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , December vol. 33 no. 4 2018;

'The rise of steampunk – speculative-fiction works set in a Victorian or pseudo-Victorian world marked by steam-powered technology – has led to a range of debates about what the genre is, what it does, and, more significantly for this paper, what it fails to do. Drawing on a range of steampunk works set in Australia, we explore the extent to which steampunk is able to grapple with coloniality, both in the Victorian period from which it draws and in the colonial present in which it is set. Is steampunk condemned to limit itself to a western-technocratic teleology or is it capable of critiquing or even circumventing colonial pasts? After setting out steampunk’s adherence to the problem-spaces of Euro-modernity, we focus closely on works by D.M. Cornish, Meljean Brook, and Dave Freer to highlight three ways in which authors writing Australian steampunk highlight non-hegemonic subjectivities and settings: secondary worlds and their historical distance, the mediated spaces of alternate histories, and the foregrounding of colonial brutalities in a traditional steampunk setting.'

Source: Abstract.

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