Literature: Chronicles Of The Pneumatic Zeppelin
The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin are a Steampunk series by Richard Ellis Preston Jr. set in a post-apocalyptic California.The apocalypse was in fact some time ago, featuring obelisks put down by misnamed "Martians" — actually aliens from much farther away — that cause electricity to fail. Also poison gas and the transformation of California into a cloud-covered iceworld. There are also a number more dangerous animals wandering about the earth, such as sabretooths.The characters are far more interesting in surviving with all the intrigues and problems of the time. The main character, Romulus Buckle, is one of the adoptive children of the clan leader Balthazar Crankshaft, and leads a life of action and adventure as the captain of the title zeppelin.Thus far, it consists of two novels:
- Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders: The daring rescue of Crankshaft and other clan leaders after their treacherous capture by Founders.
- Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War: The forming of an alliance against the Founders' treachery.
- After-Action Healing Drama: When Max is savaged by the sabretooths.
- Brother-Sister Incest: in spite of their being adopted, and after the age of seven, Romulus thinks being attracted to either Max or Sabrina would be this
- Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": In-universe. The aliens are known not to be Martians, even though they are called that.
- Cue the Sun: Seeing even dawn's light is impressive, because the cloudcover means that sightings of actual sun, moon, or stars are rare.
- Distressed Dude: In City, his motive is to rescue his father.
- Doctor's Orders: Romulus tries to get Max to obey him as her doctor, if not as her captain.
- Duel to the Death: How to escape the standoff.
- Flying Seafood Special: Flying kraken
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Max's must have reservoirs to protect her eyes.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Max and her brother
- Love Triangle: Both Max and Sabrina are in love with Romulus
- Mexican Stand Off: Romulus defuses one with a challenge
- Zeppelins from Another World: Such as the title one