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Another review of “Life In Steam”

Frank Dutkiewicz of Diabolical Plots reviews the 25th annual Writers of the Future anthology and offers some pleasing words and reasonable critique of my story, “Life In Steam.”


Life of Steam by Gra Linnaea. Third place second quarter

Mendel is an Inquisitor for the Dominican Order. His job is to determine if the Babbage machines of competing planets are just simple computation tools or abominations to god’s creation. The planet Wood has one that far exceeds the churches rules. Mendel is conflicted. Fulfilling the Dominicans directive means ending a miracle of life.

A universe where planets are flat islands of rock embedded in the firmament of the sphere of heaven? Spiderships powered by steam? An orthodox religion that holds sway over entire worlds? Life of Steam is as an original concept that I have [n]ever read. I love this author’s imagination and the incorporation of a sci-fi element into such a fantastic fantasy.

I liked this MC and the dilemma that he is confronted with. A previous conflict in his past boosted this story up a notch for me. The ending and resolution came off as a predictable and a bit flat, however. I don’t know why but somehow it felt as if this story deserved more. High marks on originality.

Grade A-


Read the full review here.

WOTF: Update

Also, if you want to see our stories made into a slightly over the top music video:

and UPDATE on the Update:

For the folks who requested it, here’s my acceptance speech at the ceremony.

or just watch the vastly superior version Rhiannon made:

Dance Gra-bee Dance!

The Writers of the Future thing

Guess i should at least mention how it was to go down to Writers of the Future, right?

It was cool and crazy and sleepless. Met some really cool people, made some new friends… awesome.

If you’re a writer, and you aren’t yet eligible for SFWA, you should be submitting to this every quarter. Some people have concerns about the organization behind the contest. I’ll let Frederik Pohl address that. Writers of the Future gave me more money for a single story than i’ll ever likely see again.

They put me up in a hip, swank hotel.

Swank Hotel For Grá

My fellow students were talented, funny and just great to be around.


They made me write an entire story in 24 hours.


And while the first half of the ceremony was imperfect. The second half was amazing and touching.

Notice Hercules in the lower left corner. :-P

Notice Hercules in the lower left corner. 😛

That's Eric Kotani on my right. He was full of rule.

That's Eric Kotani on my right. He was full of rule.

Blah blah blah

Blah blah blah blah

Before the ceremony, they unveiled our story art. I was blessed to have mine done by Ryan Behrens. You should watch for this guy’s name and/or hire him. He’s immensely talented.

Me with my artist, Ryan Behrens

Me with my artist, Ryan Behrens

The signings they arranged had their problems, but i generally had a great time and it was good practice for doing signings at cons.

Me signing book

I cut a rubber stamp specially for this book and stamped every book i signed. Whew. It was so many books that i used up an entire ink pad!

Some people asked if this was my "logo." The story is called Life In Steam. Teapot, steam, get it? Get it?!?

So, let’s sum up, class. It’s surreal, a decent little boost for your career, pays well and is a lot of fun.

Do it!