Submit your story to Tales of New Babbage, Volume 1


Greetings Babbagers!

Today I’m announcing the start of a publishing project that has been discussed for some time: a collection of New Babbage short stories to be called Tales of New Babbage, Volume 1.

The idea is this: let’s assemble a collection of New Babbage-related short stories and publish them to the broader world in both paper and digital forms. We’ll self-publish at first, and then possibly involve a traditional publisher. Contributions can come from anyone (resident or otherwise), but must involve the city in some way (setting, character, history, etc.). We can promote it inworld, online, at steampunk events, local bookstores, etc. The plan is to get it out in this Fall so it will be available during the holidays.

Then we do it again next year. Volume Two. :-)

This would be an amazing way to promote the City and see Babbage-related stories in print. I plan to distribute copies to friends and family as holiday presents this year (!).

Anyone is welcome to submit a story (between 600 and 7,500 words). It doesn’t have to be a new one (although they would certainly be welcome). Sheryl Skytower, Vivi Spiritweaver, Saffia Widdershins, and Ceejay Writer have agreed to help review and select the stories that will appear in volume one. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011 (so we'll have enough time to get things ready). If you’re interested, please contact me via email ( for business details.

I can't WAIT to see what we all come up with - stay inside with the AC this summer and crank out some good readage!


Aeolus Cleanslate's picture
Reply by Aeolus Cleanslate | Tue, 26 July - 9:22 am SLT

A quick update: responses have been very encouraging! I can't wait to see what we come up with!

I started a project on Kickstarter to help fund our costs: With this project you can PRE-ORDER your copy, or just chip in to help. Larger contributions will get you (or your avatar) a mention on the dedications page, immortalized for the archives.

Oh, and a great idea came up this weekend that I want to speak with Tenk about when he returns: maybe any proceeds from the work should go to a "Fund for New Babbage" - to be used in case of a rainy day, or to pre-fund growth, an RFL contribution, or other worthwhile City-related projects. That would make things much easier. What do people think?

Junie Ginsburg's picture
Reply by Junie Ginsburg | Wed, 27 July - 9:25 pm SLT

Directing the proceeds toward the good of the city seems like an excellent idea to me, for what it's worth!


Aeolus Cleanslate's picture
Reply by Aeolus Cleanslate | Wed, 27 July - 6:34 am SLT

We're off the ground with our first few pledges!

The project also prompted an inquiry last night from a writer and steampunk who had never visited SL, asking about how he can experience New Babbage. I think it might be time to re-open our tourist and immigration discussions...

Bianca Swift's picture
Reply by Bianca Swift | Wed, 27 July - 6:49 am SLT

Wow congrats! Kickstarter is such a pain to get going I hear! -goes to pledge-

Leia Rossini's picture
Reply by Leia Rossini | Wed, 27 July - 8:42 pm SLT

Excellent Mr. Cleanslate! And that idea to use it as a fundraiser for RFL sounds like a gem.

You can count on me to make a pledge shortly! 

Aeolus Cleanslate's picture
Reply by Aeolus Cleanslate | Sat, 6 August - 8:46 pm SLT

The first submissions are starting to come in folks! They look great. Don't forget to think about it before the month elapses...

Aeolus Cleanslate's picture
Reply by Aeolus Cleanslate | Mon, 15 August - 9:07 pm SLT

Just another reminder not to forget your stories for the Tales of New Babbage project. The deadline is just a few weeks away!

Sheryl Skytower's picture
Reply by Sheryl Skytower | Sun, 28 August - 9:14 am SLT

*puts paw up*

There's still plenty of room for submissions to this fine volume! Immortalize your thoughts and deeds in New Babbage!

In other words, get writing!


Ceejay Writer's picture
Reply by Ceejay Writer | Sun, 28 August - 9:38 am SLT

Yes!  There's still time to write - there's always time to write! *smiles and gives out pens all around*

Tepic Harlequin's picture
Reply by Tepic Harlequin | Sun, 28 August - 12:54 pm SLT

the stories are about New Babbage, right? so things along the same lines as in the blogs?

Aeolus Cleanslate's picture
Reply by Aeolus Cleanslate | Wed, 31 August - 7:24 pm SLT

Collected blog posts would be an excellent way to assemble a submission, yes. As would resubmissions of older stories or Wiki entries.

Sheryl Skytower's picture
Reply by Sheryl Skytower | Sat, 10 September - 4:48 pm SLT


Dontz make me write something for this here book!


Aeolus Cleanslate's picture
Reply by Aeolus Cleanslate | Sat, 19 November - 10:17 pm SLT

Hey good news - we're finishing up the last of the edits to the manuscript and it looks like the book will be ready for purchase the week after Thanksgiving. Huge thanks to Ceejay and Sheryl and Tenk for their detailed copyedits this weekend!

I have to say, I LOVE the way this is coming out. Stay tuned...

Jimmy Branagh's picture
Reply by Jimmy Branagh | Sun, 20 November - 7:06 am SLT