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.

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