Lord Kelvin's Machine

Lord Kelvin's Machine
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Dust-jacket illustration by Jeffrey K. Potter for Lord Kelvin's Machine
AuthorJames P. Blaylock
IllustratorJeffrey K. Potter
Cover artistJeffrey K. Potter
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction, Steampunk
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pagesvii, 262
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3552.L3966 L6 1992
Preceded byHomunculus 

Lord Kelvin's Machine is a science fiction novel by American writer James P. Blaylock. It was released in 1992 by Arkham House in an edition of 4,015 copies. The author's first book published by Arkham House, the novel is the third in Blaylock's Steampunk series, following The Digging Leviathan (1984) and Homunculus (1986). A substantially different novelette version first appeared in the Mid-December 1985 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

Plot summary[edit]

In Victorian London, Alice, the wife of scientist-explorer Langdon St. Ives, is murdered by his nemesis, the hunchback Dr. Ignacio Narbondo. St. Ives and his valet, Hasbro, pursue Narbondo across Norway, contesting Narbondo's plot to destroy the earth and, later, efforts to revivify Narbondo's apparently frozen corpse. In the process St. Ives gains access to a powerful device created by Lord Kelvin, which allows St. Ives to travel through time.

See also[edit]


  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 58.
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. p. 163. ISBN 0-87054-176-5.
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 137–138. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.

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