Billions of years ago, humans abandoned their cradle and are now scattered across the galaxies. But the legends speak of a time when the sun threatened to burn away the inner worlds of the solar system when it became a red giant, and a remnant of mankind returned to Earth from the farthest stars to install a machine to move humanity’s cradle out of danger.
Since then, the remnant communities built settlements in the cracked and broken slopes of the old continental plates, exposed to the elements when the Earth was moved. Now nestled in the outer reaches of the solar system, Earth faces a new challenge—the sun has begun to collapse into a white dwarf. As the sun grows smaller and the world gets colder, the quest for the mythical machine that can move the planet closer to the fading sun becomes a race to save the planet from final extinction.
|“Blending steampunk, fantasy, and science fiction concepts, Of Machines & Magics is a riveting read that is hard to put down.”|
|— The Midwest Book Review, April 2012 Small Press Bookwatch
|“It is rare to come across a novel combining technology with magic; the majority of magic novels are set in olden times, and technology-based novels are generally science-fiction. Of Machines & Magics is an inventive, enjoyable debut novel from Adele Abbot.”|
|— Iota Ratings
|“An engrossing Steampunk quest to save our dying future planet. Fresh off selection as a finalist in the “Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now” 2011 contest, Adele Abbot is a writer to watch!”|
|— David B. Coles, Author, The Tourist and The Last Free Men
|“Adele Abbot has a new take on past and future history alike. A fascinating and refreshing view which has a great filmic quality to it. Echoes of Terry Pratchett perhaps?”|
|— Jack Everett, Author, 1/1: Jihad-Britain and The Faces of Immortality