Gears & Gallantry

The World of Steampunk as Seen by the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

A Live Webinar Appearance on October 19th, 2012 exclusively for Ultimate Writers Course Members

The Hickmans and Scribe’s Forge welcome Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, award-winning steampunk authors* with their Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series and its companion podcast, Tales from the Archives.

Tee & Pip share with Scribe’s Forge the science of steampunk — the art of taking a history that we know and turning it into new and undiscovered country. They also share with the Forge inspirations behind their characters, their settings, and their stories. Join Tracy, Laura, Tee, and Pip for an evening of technology and tea, inventions and intrigue, and more fun than you can shake a pair of goggles at!

Join us this October 19th, 2012 for this unique, live webinar by two authors who have pioneered writing in our times.

This is the first in our series of special guest lecturers exclusively for Scribe’s Forge students subscribed with our Ultimate Writer’s Course.


Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Philippa has always had her head in a book. For this she blames her father who thought Lord of the Rings was suitable bedtime reading for an eight year old. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself.

She first earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. So soon enough she found herself working in the magical world of libraries where she stayed for over a decade

Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been short listed for the Parsec Awards, and won both a Sir Julius Vogel and a Parsec award.

Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace. Geist, Spectyr, and Wrayth are out to follow, with Harbinger to follow. She is also the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising and The Janus Affair are available now, with Dawn’s Early Light to come. She also has the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, with the first book, Hunter and Fox available now.

When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and whenever possible traveling. With her husband Tee and her daughter, she is looked after by a mighty clowder of five cats.


Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy,MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. That experience led to the founding of and collaborating with Evo Terra and Chuck Tomasi on Podcasting for Dummies and its follow-up, Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies. He won acclaim and accolades for his cross-genre fantasy-detective Billibub Baddings Mysteries, the podcast of The Case of the Singing Sword winning him the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama. Along with those titles, Tee has written articles and short stories for BenBella Books’s Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets, the podcast anthologyVOICES: New Media Fiction, BenBella Books’ So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of Battlestar Galactica, and Dragon Moon Press’ Podthology: The Pod Complex.

In 2011, Tee and his wife, Pip Ballantine, premiered Phoenix Rising, the first in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Phoenix Rising won the 2011 Airship Award for Best Steampunk Literature, and was a finalist for Goodreads’ Best Science Fiction of the Year. In 2012, The Janus Affair premiered in 2012, landing in LOCUS Magazine’s September Bestsellers. The Ministry’s companion podcast, Tales from the Archives, also made a strong showing at the 2012 Parsec Awards, shutting out the Short Story-Small Cast category, and winning two Parsecs for Bast Short Story-Small Cast and Best Short Story-Large Cast.

When he is not writing, Tee enjoys life in Virginia alongside Pip, their daughter, and four cats (2 female, 2 males). Considering the male-to-female ratio in his house, Tee understands how General Custer felt near his end.

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