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This week: Welcome to the Retropolis Registry of Patents

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

The Files of the Retropolis Registry of Patents

After a long hiatus, the serial stories at Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual begin again this Wednesday.

Welcome to the Retropolis Registry of Patents: a bureau of hard-working Officers and Investigators who file patent registrations for countless mad scientists – at no small risk to themselves – and who discreetly keep track of which deranged inventor is about to create an innovation so hazardous that it needs to be stopped.

Their work may be as insane as their clients are. But like any other person, whether human or mechanical, what’s really important to them is office politics.

This is a series of short stories – illustrated in glorious black and white! – which will run from six to ten weeks each.

We begin on Wednesday with The Purloined Patents of Doctor Brackett, in which we meet several people we’ll come to know in the series while we get our first look at the inner workings of this important, undervalued department of Retropolis’ City Government.

The serials will update just once a week; but because each update is around 1000 words you’ll get bigger weekly chunks of story than you saw in The Lair of the Clockwork Book, which updated twice each week.

Here’s the complete schedule for the year:

  • The Purloined Patents of Doctor Brackett (June 15)
  • Doctor Petaja’s Parlor of Peril (July 27)
  • Fenwick’s Improved Venomous Worms (Sept. 7)
  • Professor Wilcox and the Floating Laboratory (October 19)
  • Ben Bowman in the Vault of Terror (November 30)

And after that? This schedule carries us into February 2017, so forgive me if I haven’t figured that part out yet.

I will be a little bit mean to you: the Registry of Patents stories are meant to conclude with a final story that will appear only in print, probably late next year. Still, after Vault of Terror there may be another story lined up. It just won’t be a Registry of Patents story.

I’ll probably have figured that out before the end of the year. In the meantime, enjoy what’s coming this Wednesday… and every other Wednesday for the rest of the year.


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