Apocryphal Memoirs Of An Eccentric Genius
Nineteenth Century inventor Phineas Magnetron is a guy on a challenge during this first quantity of The Magnetron Chronicles sequence, a faithfully achieved parody of Victorian period technological know-how fiction event stories, mixing historic truth with unbelievable fiction.
Misunderstood, ostracized through his closest affiliates, Phineas embarks on a bold and not likely caper to resurrect his lifeless mentor, the bombastic Dr. Hogalum, mustering all of the Steam Age bizarre technology at his disposal. He’ll bend the legislation of guy, nature, and physics, unearthing a haunting secret and going boldly the place no gentleman has long gone before.
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Review by way of Kira Lerner, writer and Editor-in-Chief of Epiguide.com:
The Magnetron Chronicles relates the apocryphal stories of The Hogalum Society, a Victorian period membership of "great males and nice deeds" (of which Phineas Magnetron himself is a member, naturally). ponder a gaggle created from Harry Houdini, Thomas Edison, Sherlock Holmes, Nikola Tesla, and different such fictional and real-life Steam Age luminaries with unconventional skills and ideas—all of whom have been regarded upon as a piece batty—and you will have a good suggestion of the Hogalum Society.
Anyway, the self-esteem of the sequence is that we're interpreting Magnetron's journals, and within the final event of Dr. Yngve Hogalum we thereby study of the unusual occasions that ensue whilst Phineas takes it upon himself to resurrect the spirit of Dr. Hogalum (the writer tells me it is reported "HO-ga-lum"), the Society's liked founder and mentor who has lately died. Phineas' plan (think: zombies) is not warmly bought through his compatriots within the workforce, who fear that he is misplaced his marbles. the truth that he attempts to accomplish the required initiatives himself is admirable yet his plans move awry, and after digging up Hogalum's physique, he retrieves simply the top, which he intends to reanimate with voodoo. moderate challenge, simply because (as his Haitian buddy Petión observes) zombies are senseless our bodies, and the way important is a senseless head?
As you can most likely inform, the sequence is seriously encouraged by means of the works of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and—to a lesser extent—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And good day, let's throw in Mark Twain besides, because—despite the truth that the journals are written with utter sincerity and seriousness, this can be certainly (and deliberately) humorous satire. for instance, here is one in every of Dr. Hogalum's first reviews upon his revival:
"I don't desire to look ungrateful after having been raised from the dead," he acknowledged in a beleaguered tone, "but i have to ask why you probably did no longer see healthy to incorporate my physique during this enterprise!"
Indeed. D. L. Mackenzie's well-written final event of Dr. Yngve Hogalum harks again to the earliest days of the technological know-how fiction serial, and does a good task evoking the fashion of these genteel yet breathless stories of exceptional discoveries, extraordinary innovations and hazardous (mis)adventure
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As my plan advanced,” I stated at some point soon in the course of my rationalization, “I frequently felt as though I have been in a fancy labyrinth weighing innumerable thoughts, each one featuring itself unbidden. As one plan of action proved untenable, one other potentiality arose to take its position, and at size, I arrived at an finish I had scarcely foreseen on the outset. And but, having a look backward, i will be able to see yet one course again to my start line. ” “As is frequently the case,” concurred Dr. Hogalum, making an attempt relatively ineffectively to nod his head. “Now, please confine your self to the pith of this actual course. accurately what have you ever deliberate for me that calls for merely my head? ” Dr. Hogalum flooring his molars audibly as I defined the brain’s skill to direct the physique with small electric discharges which obliged muscle groups to agreement. At size, I declared with a few immodesty that i thought a human brain—with the correct bridging apparatus—could reach the means to manage equipment at once, with none guide interplay. “Fascinating, Magnetron,” Dr. Hogalum mocked. “But what in blazes does this need to do with me? ” I strode towards my construction, which was once hid underneath an unremarkable sailcloth tarpaulin. “Behold! ” I stated, by surprise conscious that I had spent an entire life in need of for the chance to factor that very command. “I provide you…” I intoned majestically, assuming an impressive pose appropriate to revealing my most suitable invention. I gave the discharge wire a good yank—thereby sundering an problematic pulley method previously affixed to a beam within the laboratory ceiling. “Behold! ” acknowledged I back, tugging on the irksome tarpaulin cloth. “I provide you…” suffering mightily, i ultimately controlled to unveil my creation—a streamlined craft not like any formerly noticeable upon this Earth. “I offer you… The Caelestis! ” bankruptcy eleven ~ Magnetron’s Curse “When Dr. Hogalum had requested my identify, the one observe i'll converse was once ‘magnetron,’ a note I had heard in my stricken dreams…” Dr. Hogalum used to be uncharacteristically speechless, his jaw time and again losing open and snapping close. For the 1st time i may consider, I had inspired him. “Magnificent, isn’t she? ” I acknowledged, beaming with delight. He agreed emphatically and requested if the Caelestis was once the fabricated from my strange reward. I shook my head, reminding the health practitioner that I thought of it a curse, no longer a present. allow me clarify: during one of many ultimate battles of Chancellorsville, I obtained a bullet wound that pierced my mind and rendered me comatose for weeks. I should still definitely have died from my harm, as i used to be left in the back of while normal Hooker used to be compelled to retreat less than the intense duress of basic Lee’s attack. As my comrades have been repulsed to more suitable protective positions, I exhausted my final moments of recognition dragging myself towards a close-by woody thicket. I aroused from sleep weeks later in a fresh mattress lower than the care of Dr. Hogalum, who had came upon me when looking for an errant golfing ball and transported me to his domestic in a secluded sector southeast of Charlottesville.