Tonight, a young chess whiz is recruited to play a most curious role.  This story  was previously published by WItty Bard Publishing, in a Steampunk anthology, “Of Airships and Automatons”. 

Author Liam Hogan is a London based writer and host of the award winning monthly literary event, Liars’ League.

He was a finalist in Sci-Fest LA’s Roswell Award 2015 (losing out to “Grandma’s sex robot”) and has had work published at DailyScienceFiction and in Sci-Phi Journal.  Find him online at http://happyendingnotguaranteed.blogspot.co.uk/   Twitter: @LiamJHogan

Narrator Jema Hewitt is a designer and performer living and working among the beautiful hills of Derbyshire UK with a menagerie of small fluffy friends.

As her steampunk alter ego Emilly Ladybird she has also written several craft books and regularly lectures on costume in the UK and the US.

You can enjoy her work at www.patreon.com/jema and www.facebook.com/emillyladybird

Theme song: Ashes Ashes by DeVM (congratulations on the new album!)

Ogoode’s chorus: Walking Along by Kevin MacLeod

Story music is in the public domain.