Episode 53: The Strange Affair Of The Artisan’s Heart by Joshua Reynolds

Popoca is an Ameriquetzlan diplomat abroad in the world’s capitol, London. He is summoned to the scene of a crime, where he meets an old friend and finds a murdered man.

Afterward, Big talks about the complexities of this particular tale, while Rish mainly tries to insult everyone. Also, an important announcement is made, and Rish introduces the stupidest game of all time.

Special thanks to Josh Roseman for the editing on this story.

Right click to download the episode HERE.


Related Links:
Josh Reynolds’ Blog
Robots Beyond on the Permuted Press Site and on Amazon.com
The Dead Robots Society
Josh Roseman’s Site
Music in today’s episode: La traversée by Ehma
Some sound effects in today’s episode are from Freesound.org


7 Responses to “Episode 53: The Strange Affair Of The Artisan’s Heart by Joshua Reynolds”

  1. STORY: Other than the huge chunk of exposition at the beginning, I really liked this story. It had some amusing bits and some good action, and the characters played off each other well.

    PRODUCTION: I can’t really comment on how good the production was because I produced the story, but I personally think this is the best of the three Dunesteef stories I’ve produced in terms of production value. I had a lot of fun finding and assembling the sounds of the robots, the ambient noise, and the fight scene. I wish I was a little better at balancing low ambient noise — when the curtain is pulled aside and you hear the Clockwerks, before that there was actually a lot of ticktocking going on as a very low, muffled undertone that I couldn’t hear in my car. Also, did anyone else catch the sound of the distant sewage pumps? :)

    COMMENTARY: Well, I guess I’m not sending you guys my steampunk story, then.

  2. I’m with Rish on the steampunk genre. I think certain writers (like this one) do it well, but many do not. On the topic of movies in the genre, a little digging turned up these few:

    Hellboy (2004)
    Van Helsing (2004)
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
    Wild Wild West (1999)
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

    These fit by loose definition though. For example, Wild Wild West was not truely victorian era, as most steampunk is.

    Good job on the production of this story, by the way.

    And I’ll leave on a totally unrealted note. Saw this animated short on a message board link, and I thought of Rish and Big’s love for animation.


    This guy made this 6 minute movie on his own. It took him over 4 years. The Behind the Scenes on the site are very interesting

  3. I think the steampunk anime that Rish was referring to was probably Steamboy for anyone who is interested.

    My trouble with a lot of steampunk is that the novelty of steampunk means certain stories that would (hopefully) never be published otherwise do get published because they are steampunk. Lots and lots of boring stuff out there, sadly.

    Given the supernatural elements, I’m tempted to classify this one as Gaslamp Fantasy like Girl Genius Online does. Much love for Gaslamp Fantasy.

    That said, you can write boring or exciting stories in any genre I’m aware of, and whether this is steampunk or Gaslamp Fantasy, this is a great story and I think it would have benefited from a longer story.

  4. I loved the idea of Ameriquetzlan, and the dialogue was witty and sweet. Nice job, everyone!

    My friend Cherie Priest recently did an interview on the Dragon Page where she talks about Steam Punk, what it is, and her recent alt US history release, Boneshaker. http://www.dragonpage.com/2009/11/02/cover-to-cover-380a/

    Cherie is always funny. I recommend the interview and her books.

  5. I’m glad folks seem to like the story. And I love Cherie Priest’s stuff! I’m about to start Boneshaker right now, and Dreadful Skin is one of my favorite books!

  6. I enjoyed this story! I’m looking forward to more.

    I didn’t even know about Steampunk until this year. I didn’t know the genre existed. I do live a sheltered life though. I’m intrigued. I listened to that interview with Cherie Priest, and I think I’m going to have to delve a little deeper.

  7. When I first read this story in Robots Beyond I was very impressed, so I was very intrigued when I heard you were doing an adaption. You’ve done a great job converting it to audio. I look forward to future adaptions featuring Ulrich Popoca.

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