Lord Kelvin's Machine
Dust-jacket illustration by Jeffrey K. Potter for Lord Kelvin's Machine
|Author||James P. Blaylock|
|Illustrator||Jeffrey K. Potter|
|Cover artist||Jeffrey K. Potter|
|Genre||Science fiction novel, Steampunk|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Pages||vii, 262 pp|
|LC Class||PS3552.L3966 L6 1992|
Lord Kelvin's Machine is a science fiction novel by author James P. Blaylock. It was released in 1992 by Arkham House in an edition of 4,015 copies. The author's first book published by Arkham House, the novel is the third in Blaylock's Steampunk series, following The Digging Leviathan (1984) and Homunculus (1986). A substantially different novelette version first appeared in the Mid-December 1985 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
In Victorian London, Alice, the wife of scientist-explorer Langdon St. Ives, is murdered by his nemesis, the hunchback Dr. Ignacio Narbondo. St. Ives and his valet, Hasbro, pursue Narbondo across Norway, contesting Narbondo's plot to destroy the earth and, later, efforts to revivify Narbondo's apparently frozen corpse. In the process St. Ives gains access to a powerful device created by Lord Kelvin, which allows St. Ives to travel through time.
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