SteamHeart - Episode 05: The Optimistic Mathematician

May 18, 2017
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Abigail makes two new friends. 

Abigail Grey and Katherine Holloway performed by Sharon Shaw
Lucy Weatherfield performed by Theo Leigh
Joanna Grey performed by Lyra Shaw
James Penrose performed by Alex Shaw

The New Century Jingle is Make Your Decision by Dan Philipson of Shockwave Sound. Immersed, Smoking Gun, Clean Soul, Light Thought and Ossuary composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio

Our special sponsors for this month were: Dan Mayer, Stephen Lowe, Paschal Dooley, Jamas Enright, Joe Crow, Chris Finik, Nick Grugin, Toby Jungius, Dave Hickman, Aaron LaCluyze, Timothy Green, Mark Lucksch, David Garcia Abril, Ben Hayes, Staffan Gardigne, Ciaran Dachtler and Lorraine Chisholm

The first five audiobooks from the New Century Multiverse are available on Bandcamp. That’s The Cartographer’s Handbook, Secret Rooms, Tiger’s Eye, Arlington and The Princess Thieves. And if you pick them all up you get a 30% discount. So if you feel like catching up, that’s where to go, for over thirty hours of some of the best alternate history, sci-fi and fantasy audio drama out there.

Next week, our heroes are put to the test. 

SteamHeart - Episode 04: The Old House

May 11, 2017
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The Children of Clearwater reach Weirwood Manor and try to adjust to their new life.

Abigail Grey and Katherine Holloway performed by Sharon Shaw
Susan Hendrickson performed by Maureen Foley
Doris Cooper performed by Laureta Sela
Joanna Grey performed by Lyra Shaw
Blonde Girl performed by Theo Leigh

The New Century Jingle is Make Your Decision by Dan Philipson of Shockwave Sound. Silent Winter performed by Running Wolf. One Wild West performed by Edward Blakeley of Shockwave Sound. Stoic Morning, Immersed, Drums of the Deep and Ossuary composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio

Our special sponsors for this month were
Dan Mayer, Stephen Lowe, Paschal Dooley, Jamas Enright, Joe Crow, Chris Finik, Nick Grugin, Toby Jungius, Dave Hickman, Aaron LaCluyze, Timothy Green, Mark Lucksch, David Garcia Abril, Ben Hayes, Staffan Gardigne, Ciaran Dachtler and Lorraine Chisholm

The first five audiobooks from the New Century Multiverse are available on Bandcamp. That’s The Cartographer’s Handbook, Secret Rooms, Tiger’s Eye, Arlington and The Princess Thieves. And if you pick them all up you get a 30% discount. So if you feel like catching up, that’s where to go, for over thirty hours of some of the best alternate history, sci-fi and fantasy audio drama out there.

Next week, a new friend

SteamHeart - Episode 03: The Lonely Boy

May 4, 2017
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Journey back ten years to when James Penrose was a child, first entering America. We meet his father, his mother and we take a ride on the White Star Line's first liner 'Oceanic'.

James Penrose and Vincent Penrose performed by Alex Shaw
Estelle Penrose performed by Laureta Sela
Katherine Holloway performed by Sharon Shaw
Street Urchin performed by Theo Leigh

The New Century Jingle is Make Your Decision by Dan Philipson of Shockwave Sound. Tocata and Fugue in D Minor by Johan Sebastian Bach arranged here by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com who composed and performed Celtic Impulse, Long Road Ahead, Stormfront, Classic Horror and Ossuary. Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio

Our special sponsors for this month were
Dan Mayer, Paschal Dooley, Jamas Enright, Joe Crow, Chris Finik, Nick Grugin, Toby Jungius, Dave Hickman, Aaron LaCluyze, Timothy Green, Mark Lucksch, David Garcia Abril, Ben Hayes, Staffan Gardigne, Ciaran Dachtler and Lorraine Chisholm

The first five audiobooks from the New Century Multiverse are available on Bandcamp. That’s The Cartographer’s Handbook, Secret Rooms, Tiger’s Eye, Arlington and The Princess Thieves. And if you pick them all up you get a 30% discount. So if you feel like catching up, that’s where to go, for over thirty hours of some of the best alternate history, sci-fi and fantasy audio drama out there.

Next week we return to Abigail as she reaches Weirwood and meets some people who will become very important to her.  

Steamheart - Episode 02: The Children of Clearwater

April 27, 2017
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We travel back to when Abigail Grey was 13 years old, and the Wendigo plague first hit West Virginia. The idea of the children being sent off to a place of safety of course stems from the second world war, but so many of the books and stories that influenced me in my childhood have that same world-changing event on a personal scale. Here we finally get to meet Abigail's parents and find out what she was like as a girl.

Abigail Grey performed by Sharon Shaw
Tommy Sweeney performed by Matt Wardle
Pearl Grey performed by Maureen Foley
Hector Grey performed by Alex Shaw
Merle performed by Spencer Leeb
Various townspeople performed by Laureta Sela, Theo Leigh, Alex Shaw and Matt Wardle
Special appearance by Andrew Jupin and Eric Szyszka of the We Hate Movies podcast.

Incidentally if you’re not listening to these guys talk about movies yet you owe it to yourself to do so.

The New Century Jingle is Make Your Decision by Dan Philipson of Shockwave Sound, Evening Melodrama, Cold Sober, Stoic Morning and Ossuary by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com. Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio

Our special sponsors for this month were: Dan Mayer, Paschal Dooley, Jamas Enright, Joe Crow, Chris Finik, Nick Grugin, Toby Jungius, Dave Hickman, Aaron LaCluyze, Timothy Green, Mark Lucksch, David Garcia Abril, Ben Hayes, Staffan Gardigne, Ciaran Dachtler and Lorraine Chisholm

SteamHeart - Episode 01: The Southern Door

April 20, 2017
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The grandest adventure in the New Century Multiverse begins. SteamHeart brings together the heroes of Phase 1 in a journey south to save the whole damn world.

This first episode lays down the story so far. If you've not read or listened to any of the previous books you will be brought up to date with what you really need to know. If you're already a fan you'll find things that were previously hidden becoming revealed.

Over the first act we are finally going to delve into the past experiences of Frank, Annie, James and Abigail, starting next episode with what happened with the children of Clearwater.

This is the series I would really like to see hit a much larger audience so don't keep it to yourself. Share it around as much as you possibly can.

Annie Oakley: Laureta Sela
Frank Butler: Spencer Leeb
Jeremy Pines: Matt Wardle
Bryce Tiller/Abigail Grey: Sharon Shaw
Bessie Flynn: Theo Leigh
James Penrose: Alex Shaw

Thunder Dreams, Past the Edge, Dreams Become Real, House of Leaves, Evening Fall, smoking Gun and Vanishing and Ossuary by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com. Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio

Our special sponsors for this month were: Dan Mayer, Paschal Dooley, Jamas Enright, Joe Crow, Chris Finik, Nick Grugin, Toby Jungius, Dave Hickman, Aaron LaCluyze, Timothy Green, Mark Lucksch, David Garcia Abril, Ben Hayes, Staffan Gardigne, Ciaran Dachtler and Lorraine Chisholm

SteamHeart Trailer 1

March 9, 2017
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This is the first trailer for the major New Century crossover event, beginning in March 2017. 

It will begin as an ongoing sci-fi podcast with weekly episode releases every Thursday. 

Newcomers will be caught up to what they need to know in the opening chapters so they can start here without having heard any of the previous stories. 

Longtime fans will be able to expect some of their favourite characters to finally meet for the first time on this Odyssey across America.

By the time this story is concluded it will change the course of history across multiple worlds. 

Play this trailer for your friends and family. Your mission this year is to bring in new listeners. 

Stay subscribed, and be back here in a few weeks for SteamHeart Episode 01.

 

The New Century Multiverse 101

March 8, 2017
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This is an overview of the multiverse for newcomers. For those who might naturally be bewildered by the names and titles and sheer volume of material to listen to, even during this opening phase, this is eleven minutes that I'm hoping clears everything up. If you are one of these people, welcome.

  • Six stories. You can start with any of the first five. 
  1. The Cartographer’s Handbook
  2. Secret Rooms
  3. Tiger’s Eye
  4. Arlington
  5. The Princess Thieves
  6. SteamHeart
  • The current ongoing fiction podcast story is: The Princess Thieves. 
  • The first four are available in complete audio form on Bandcamp.
  • The first four books are available on Kindle with the fifth coming soon. 

Audiobook Sample: The Princess Thieves

March 1, 2017
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This is chapter 7 from New Century Book 5: The Princess Thieves

If you want to hear more it is available on Bandcamp in full audiobook form. 

A swashbuckling comedy fantasy adventure from the creator of Tiger's Eye and Arlington.

In 1873 an enormous doorway between realms opened up in the north of London and on the other side was a parallel British Isles named Britannica.

This place was home to two new races, the short, stubborn, Duart and the hulking, green-skinned Akka. What they brought with them when they stepped through to aid us and settle in our damaged country was an army of tough firecasters to see off our monster problem and a class system that humans fit roughly in the middle of.

In the week this story takes place, Gwendoline, the last remaining family member of Britain’s royal Saxe-Coburg bloodline is preparing to be married to the Duart lord; Aaron of Britannica.

Before that happens the young princess will be going on the adventure of a lifetime, through the dangerous, filthy streets of London, through the doorway between worlds and beyond.

Part of the New Century Multiverse, a saga set across many worlds with each story constituting a piece of the grand mosaic.

The first six stories in New Century Phase 1 can be listened to in any order...

The Cartographer's Handbook
Secret Rooms
Tiger's Eye
Arlington
The Princess Thieves
SteamHeart
credits

Credits

Released March 2, 2017

Vocal performances by Theo Leigh, Alexander Shaw, Laureta Sela, Matt Wardle, Spencer Leeb, Sharon Shaw, Maureen Foley, Lyra Shaw, Matt Ramsey, Paul Davies, Alasdair Stuart, and James Batchelor.

The Princess Thieves theme was Arrival by I, Sazonov of Shockwave-Sound. Olympus, Rapture and Welcome to Chaos composed by Ross Bugden. London Town composed and performed by Gavin Dunne, AKA Miracle of Sound. The Phoenix composed by Mattia Cupelli. Ancient Heroes performed by Clynos. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy originally composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Brandenberg Concerto by Johan Sebastian Bach. Egmont Overture by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Ranz des Vaches is an old Swiss folk tune that features in Rossini’s William Tell. Canon in D Major composed by Johann Pachelbel. All other music composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod.

Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio.

Album artwork by Antonio Torresan.

Written, directed, edited and produced by Alexander Shaw.

Audiobook Sample: Arlington

June 12, 2016
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This is chapter 19 from New Century Book 4: Arlington

 
This story takes place in 1883, the year Vice President Rutherford B. Hayes was eaten by a manticore.

It is a chronicle of the Arlington family who had a profound effect on this alternate history America.

Thomas and Sarah are the director and deputy director of the National Intelligence Agency, an organization desperately attempting to pull together the remnants of the American people.

The country and indeed the world has been ravaged by an infection that leaves its victims feral and vicious. The Arlingtons need to use their brains, their diplomacy and their Washington connections and make impossibly hard decisions every single day.

Their twin daughters Harriet and Truth are employed respectively as an inventor for the military and the White House communications director.

All of them are up against a dark and unavoidable streak of prejudice in the American psyche, and their every decision is met with opposition of some kind. They must grapple with their own anger, fear naivety and obsession with control,

With President Grant's health failing the race is on to find a replacement before the damaged country is left without a leader and to uncover the perpetrators of this assassination.

The first five stories in New Century Phase 1 can be listened to in any order...

The Cartographer's Handbook
Secret Rooms
Tiger's Eye
Arlington
The Princess Thieves
SteamHeart

Credits

released May 12, 2016

Vocal performances by Maureen Foley, Spencer Leeb, Alexander Shaw, Laureta Sela, Matt Wardle, Sharon Shaw, Theo Leigh, Daniel Floyd, Parris Lilly, Bob Chipman, Chris Brown, Lou Fernandez, Megan Hopwood, Iain Hopwood, Derrick Ritchie, Dan Mayer, Jesse Ferguson, Anthony Miller and Matt Ramsey.

The Star Spangled Banner and My Country 'tis of Thee performed by Chase Holfelder

Flare and Interstellar composed and performed by Ross Bugden
Tribal March composed and performed by Evony

Emotional, Powerful Music by Mattia Cupelli

One Wild West composed and performed by Edward Blakely of Shockwave Sound

All other music including the title, Prospector Theme composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod.

Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio.

Album artwork by Antonio Torresan.

Written, directed, edited and produced by Alexander Shaw.

Audiobook Sample: Tiger’s Eye

January 4, 2016
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This is chapter 2 from New Century Book 3: Tiger's Eye

 
Set on an alternate Earth where great cats evolved to become the dominant species, Tiger’s Eye follows Hrao, a somewhat obsessive-compulsive hunter who one day discovers a human child adrift in the river. This is the story of her epic quest to get rid of him.

They journey out into a land shrouded in mystery, at once ancient and new, beset on all sides by dangers both strange and personal.
Hrao is going to have to let her guard down a little in order to forge the kind of companionship that might allow at least one of them to survive this perilous road.

Part of the shared universe of New Century, a saga set across many worlds with each story constituting a piece of the grand mosaic.

The first five stories in New Century Phase 1 can be listened to in any order...

The Cartographer's Handbook
Secret Rooms
Tiger's Eye
Arlington
The Princess Thieves
SteamHeart

Credits

released October 29, 2015

Vocal performances by Maureen Foley, Spencer Leeb, Alexander Shaw, Sharon Shaw, Laureta Sela, Matt Wardle, Laura Kate Dale, Daniel Floyd, Iain Hopwood, Megan Hopwood, Alasdair Stuart, Marguerite Kenner, Lorin Grieve and Matt Ramsey.

Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Agent in Shanghai by 1M1 Music.

Flight Hymn and Last Dawn by Ross Bugden.

Wildcat performed by Lyra Shaw.

Silent Winter by Running Wolf.

Many soundscapes by Tabletop Audio and Bluezone Corporation.

Album artwork by Antonio Torresan.

Written, directed, edited and produced by Alexander Shaw.