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Series Archive: The Aetherian Revolution

CONFIDENTIAL DISPATCH TO THE PRIME MINISTER—DESTROY UPON READING

As you well know, Lord Salisbury, the agent known as “Harry” involved in certain recent escapades is indeed our granddaughter, Her Highness Maud of Wales. How she came to be in a position to accomplish such feats of espionage is not germane to our current discussions. However we might feel personally about our granddaughter’s activities, we cannot ignore what she and Lieutenant Marlowe have accomplished in advancing British superiority in the realm of Aetherian research. Their travels and their insights have been a boon to us and we plan to continue to encourage their endeavors. We trust Her Highness completely, and the lieutenant has proven himself a more than able officer and scientist.

From the day the cursed alien craft met its fiery end in Surry, we have long feared that these Aetherian mechanisms that so dominate our thinking now will one day be the ruin of us all. We are confident that the courage of our subjects, Harry and Marlowe, will prevent calamity to our Empire, and possibly the entire world.

Signed,

HRM Victoria

 

Science Fiction

Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil

Carefully, with gloved hands, she removed the object from its stone niche, where it had rested for centuries deep underground, inside the dormant volcano where the mysterious Icelandic cult that guarded it made its home. It hardly weighed anything.

Science Fiction

Harry and Marlowe Escape the Mechanical Siege of Paris

Harry looked out the window and thought: At least I saw Paris one more time before it was destroyed in the bombardment.

Science Fiction

Harry and Marlowe and the Intrigues at the Aetherian Exhibition

Finally, Harry arrived at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington with her mother and her older sister Victoria. Once they entered through the great gilt doorway, a friendly attendant waited to show them to the royal salon. Harry glimpsed, through another ornate archway, the main hall and the exhibition installed there.

Science Fiction

Harry and Marlowe Versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies

As they crossed the Great Plains of America, Harry was certain she’d never seen anything so astonishing in all her life. The Kestrel hadn’t had such a long stretch airborne since she crossed the Atlantic. Even on the third day of it, Harry leaned out a window to watch the land passing beneath them, and what seemed to be all of heaven passing above.

Science Fiction

Harry and Marlowe Meet the Founder of the Aetherian Revolution

“We could have taken George’s courier ship and arrived in a quarter of the time.” “No, we couldn’t,” Harry said, scowling at Marlowe, who knew very well they shouldn’t be here at all, much less aboard her brother’s ship. But he seemed to enjoy mentioning her brother George and reminding Harry of the impropriety of it all. It was a long-running joke, and she let him have his fun. Marlowe just smiled.