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Saturday Spotlight: The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer...

May 1, 2010
I was recently approached by St. Martin's Press to spotlight a recently published steampunk novel by debut author Dexter Palmer. What is "steampunk," I wondered... And wiki came to the rescue. How is it that there's a whole subgenre of fantasy that I'd never heard of? I am so not with the times, apparently!!!

So... I contemplated starting up a regular Saturday spotlight on new (or soon-to-come) releases. I know that there are other bloggers who do this wonderfully, I am just going to focus on one a week (hopefully!). Anyway! On to The Dream of Perpetual Motion!

the dream of perpetual motion

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, the greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.

The tale of Harold’s life is also one of an alternate reality, a lucid waking dream in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, where the realms of fairy tales can be built from scratch, where replicas of deserted islands exist within skyscrapers.. As Harold’s childhood infatuation with Miranda changes over twenty years to love and then to obsession, the visionary inventions of her father also change Harold’s entire world, transforming it from a place of music and miracles to one of machines and noise. And as Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine.

Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.

Find out more at, where you can check out the book-inspired artwork, download the screensaver, watch the video, and read an excerpt.

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