Philippa (Pip) Ballantine
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.
Philippa is the author of the Books of the Order series with Ace- Geist, Spectyr and Wrayth and Harbinger, and the Shifted World series with Pyr Books, Hunter and Fox, and Kindred and Wings. She is the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series with Tee Morris. Phoenix Rising, The Janus Affair, Dawn’s Early Light, and The Diamond Conspiracy. With Tee, she is also co-author of Social Media for Writers.
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 three 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 Podiobooks.com 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 anthology VOICES: New Media Fiction, BenBella Books’ So Say We All: Collected Thoughts and Opinions of Battlestar Galactica, and Dragon Moon Press’ Podthology: The Pod Complex.
Tee brought all these skills to the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series which he wrote with his wife, Pip Ballantine. Together they also wrote Social Media for Writers from Writer’s Digest. When he is not writing, Tee enjoys life in Virginia alongside Philippa Ballantine, his daughter, and three cats.
From their earliest days doing shows before Rutgers “Rocky Horror” screenings to their recent performances of the steampunk rock operas: “Absinthe Heroes” and “What Sharp Teeth” to their collaborations on “The Freaky Mutant Weirdo Variety Show”, a Halo Called Fred has a proud two decade history of collaborations with Jeff Mach events.
The Halo has filled the time between playing music in various incarnations, releasing several albums and producing films and videos: from the feature “Everything Fred Tells Me is True” to the one-episode web serial “Barry the Steampunk Monster“.
The Halo can be seen all over the Steampunk World’s Fair, playing the geekiest sounds to ever spring from guitar, bass, violin and Tupperware.
From the depths of London, UK come Victor and the Bully – Armed with only a Ukulele, a Guitar, some moustache wax and a touch of Brylcreem to a create a of twisted cabaret-like sound. Using honky tonk piano, violins, trumpets and anything they get get their filthy mits on to back them creates a ‘Carnival blend’ inspired by steampunk, swing, mariachi, classical and punk to blow the cobwebs away and get your feet tapping!
Luminary Ticket Holders are cordially invited to a joyous celebration of Cogsday, the first Steampunk Holiday!
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What is Cogsday and why do we need to celebrate it? (Why Steampunks MUST celebrate Cogsday):
The Steampunk phenomenon itself, has long been celebrated by magnificent events hosted by magnificent people. They have all, either only touched upon or completely overlooked one very important Steampunk frontier, THE BRINY DEPTHS OF THE SEAS!!! Sure you will see the obligatory cephalopod displayed
here and there at conventions! But, our fellow Steampunks, does anyone know where the earliest known example of a gear wheel (A.K.A. Cog), was discovered? If per chance you guessed, the briny depths of the sea, you are 20,000 % correct!
The Antikythera mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck, near the Greek island of Antikythera in April 1900 by Greek sponge divers, who retrieved numerous artifacts A wealth of bronze and marble statues, pottery, unique glassware, jewelry, coins, and THE MECHANISM! Thought to be a mere a lump of corroded bronze and wood at the time.
The Mechanism went unnoticed for two years, while museum staff worked on piecing together more obvious artifacts. Then, on 17 May 1902, archaeologist Valerios Stais was examining the finds and noticed that one of the pieces of rock, had a GEAR WHEEL embedded in it! The largest gear it contains is approximately 5.5 inches in diameter and originally had 223 teeth. It has since been argued that The Mechanism, dates back to 323 B.C. and it has been called, “The Portable Cosmos!” While we may never know the absolute birth date, of the superlative creation known to us as, “The Cog”. We do know it’s earliest known incarnation was discovered at the bottom of the sea and identified between April 1900 and May 1902! So I ask you my fellow Chronoauts, does it not make absolute sense to celebrate, “Cogsday”as the simultaneous birth and/ or discovery of the Cog???
YES!!! Of course it does!!! That is precisely why Cogsday, THE WORLD’S FIRST EVER STEAMPUNK HOLIDAY, will be celebrated, in force, annually in May, at the world’s largest and most prestigious Steampunk event, “The Steampunk World’s Fair!”
Accept no substitutes! Dates for the second annual Cogsday will be announced soon!
Attendance will be granted to Luminary Ticket Holders only, so buy your tickets while they are still available!!!
In short, Cogsday is THE birthday celebration of the Cog!
Your host, Professor Adam Smasher
(with edits by Mr. Ben Walker)