Who doesn’t want to see Sherlock Holmes take on Captain Nemo? Let us rephrase: what steampunk fan in their right mind doesn’t want to see Sherlock Holmes take on Captain Nemo?
Answer: everybody. Or wait … nobody. Either way, Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus delivers, an interactive e-book that will feature narrative, device designs, and animated scenes for the iPad. While the first installment primarily centers on a mysterious villain who’s stolen plans for Captain Nemo’s Nautilus, readers can expect beloved characters Dr. Watson and Mycroft Holmes (here a sister rather than an elder brother) throughout, and later encounters with the eccentrics that figure in the tales of Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and others.
Though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved short stories already had a distinctly steampunk flavor, this reimagining ratchets them up a notch with omnipresent steam power, Babbage Engines, and an Internet-like telegraph system. This is Sherlock Holmes as you’ve never seen him, even faster paced, even more gaslit.
On the horizon is Steampunk Holmes: Frankenstein, which will also be available as an e-book download or for the iPad. Head to Kickstarter to see how their pledge is going.