From the Author
I wrote the first Doctor Solomon story to see if I could tell a funny story in a thousand words. (It's harder than it sounds!) I decided to do a sort of grown-up Danny Dunn story. After I managed that, he and Ted wouldn't leave me alone. So they had another adventure. Then they needed an origin yarn, so I took off the governor and wrote that. (The stories are, in fact, presented in exactly the opposite order they were written.) I suspect they'll be back. Doctor Solomon isn't the sort to lie quietly in a drawer, or in a Word file, or whatever.
Steampunk, on the other hand, is mostly a new thing, but it has that sense of mechanical wonder that I cherish. Incursion was written after my wife made me a beautiful Steampunk ray-gun. While I was mounting it on the wall of my office, I had the thought, "How could a steampunk hero come into the modern world? What would happen if they did?" While I love Sir Reginald, I think my favorite part of the story is the reaction of everybody else to him.
One Night In Science City, while it's the longest story in the collection, was written in the space of two days. I wanted another story for the book, and the memory of Science City, which is a real place, popped into my head. (You can't actually visit Science City, but you can see it if you visit the park at the top of Mount Haleakala, which is well worth doing.) After that, the sci-fi/pop culture references just started rolling out so fast it was all I could do to stay out of the way, and they solidified into a story inspired by the classic "One man must save the world!" tales so beloved in science fiction.
The main character of One Night In Science City, Brian, is named after an old friend of mine. While he's not a computer admin, he is really smart, he does do all kinds of super-cool secret stuff, and I like to think that if he had to, he'd manage the impossible just like his literary alter ego. Thanks, Brian!