1889: JOURNEY TO THE MOON
The first book of
THE FAR JOURNEY CHRONICLES
It's 1889, and eleven people are on a strange steam-powered spaceship to the Moon. Included in the crew are such unlikely passengers and crew as: Billy The Kid, Nikola Tesla, Jack The Ripper, a Sioux warrior out for the blood of George Armstrong Custer (who did not die at the Little Bighorn), a Cossack warrior-princess, a battery of robots, a half-man and half-cyborg engineer, a Punjabi mathematician and linguist, a big-game hunter from Africa, and the grandson of Blackbeard the Pirate, not to mention the genius who designed the ship. There are aliens on the Moon with evil intentions, the robots are wound a little too tightly, and no one knows that the Ripper is along for the ride except for the Londoner himself.
What could possibly go wrong?
This book has been co-authored with Billy Kring, a South Texas mystery-thriller and western author. Look him up here!
The sequel, 1899: Journey to Mars, is currently being written.
ACCOLADES FOR 1889: JOURNEY TO THE MOON:
Kring & Wier vault to the head of the burgeoning steampunk genre with this hyper-extrapolated, richly detailed saga. Every nut and bolt is tightened in place, and the cast of characters is a rogue's gallery of 19th Century mad scentists, outlaws and adventurers. I haven't had this much fun going to the Moon since H. G. Wells sent Bedford and Cavor into the sky.
K. W. Jeter, author of Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes.
Reads in the best way like a lost Jules Verne and H.G. Wells collaboration. Sense of wonder and the magic of great storytelling drive this fast-paced, steam-driven tale to a stunning conclusion with some adventurous stops along the way.
Joe R. Lansdale, author of Cold in July and The Bottoms.
1889: Journey to the Moon is a rip-roaring steampunk thrill-ride with a wonderful cast of characters. Bring on the sequel!
Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries.
Kring and George Wier elevate the Steampunk genre to its pinnacle in 1889: Journey to the Moon. More than Verne, more than Wells, these two have created a thrill-a-minute adventure with a menagerie of unlikely characters, such as Billy the Kid, Nikola Tesla, George Custer and so many others. And what's truly amazing, the science is plausible! This book will astound and entertain. Add in the special bonus of authentic language, dress and mannerisms, and you have the makings for a classic SF/steampunk novel that will go down in history—or rewrite it!
T.R. Harris, author of The Fringe Worlds
1899: JOURNEY TO MARS
A Steampunk Novel
By Billy Kring and George Wier
It’s been ten years since the ill-fated voyage of the Arcadia to the Moon. In that time, Billy and Ekka have married and raised their son, Dakota. But Billy Gostman—once known as Billy The Kid—has done anything but settle down. Billy’s eyes have been on the night sky and his thoughts have been on rescuing the last survivor of the Arcadia expedition, John Koothrappally. But agents from governments around the world are scrambling for the secret of the incredible space-faring ship, and will stop at nothing. When Pat Garrett shows up in Waco to question Billy at the behest of President McKinley, the agents of a secret world power close in with their deadly clones and Westinghouse robot. Billy, Ekka, Dakota, and Pat—along with their own Tesla Guardian Ultra 3 robot (or “Guthrie”, for short), must first rescue an old friend on Ceylon from execution before charging once again into the ether aboard Billy’s new ship, Argent—with Mars as their destination! Along the way they pick up former Captain John Carter (C.S.A) and his sidekick Ian, and Bixie Cottontree, a voodoo priestess and seer. It’s war in space and an even greater war on the distant world named for the God of War himself. And this time, the odds are even longer.