The Commonplace is celebrating Steampunk Week 2012 by posting two short stories for your enjoyment.

First up is “The Commonplace Book” by Jacob Clifton. In the author’s own words, “It came about because I wanted to see what would happen if you substituted Jane Austen for Jules Verne in the steampunk equation.” Jacob Clifton is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas, who writes for Television Without Pity. The illustration is by Allen Williams.

Next up, they’ve got “King of Marbury” by Andrew Smith: Marbury is another world, a dark world that best friends Jack Whitmore and Conner Kirk have fallen into before. A stranger had given Jack a pair of glasses – it’s through the lenses that the boys get to Marbury. Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens was the winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year. The illustration is by Scott M. Fischer.

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