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3GailCarrigerBlackWe're a wee bit overexcited that Gail Carriger (Gail Carriger!) is making a UK appearance this weekend. To celebrate the ouevre of the parasol-wielding transatlantic steampunk legend, we thought we'd throw a little virtual welcoming party.

The challenge: Write a steampunk scene  - no more than 100 words, please -  in the comments.

The added challenge: We want to delight Ms. Carriger, so be sure to throw in some of her favourite things - cephalopods, teapots, vampires, amazing hats, parasols (obviously), archeology, werewolves, rustling dresses, London society, good manners and general adorability. (The occasional dash of sauciness is also more than welcome.) 

The competition ends on Monday at noon (UK time). The winners, as chosen by the whimsy of the judges, will receive wonderfully steampunky prizes, which include personalised copies of TimelessMs. Carriger's newest Parasol Protectorate book and lovingly-doodled copies of Doctor Geof's Steampunk Literary Review. Anyone can enter, but the winners must be based in the UK. (Sorry.)

Gail Carriger is gallivanting around EasterCon all weekend (tickets are sold out, but if you're going, be sure to drop by her panels) and is hostess at the Steampunk Soiree at Foyles on Monday night (see their site for details and tickets).


Author photo by Vanessa Applegate, via gailcarriger.com.