Geoffrey Mandragora is the pen name for Brent Mehring. He is currently completing three years of rehab following a twenty year addiction to historical re-enactment. After decades of arguing with people about what is "period," his first novel, The Thunderbolt Affair sets the argument, "What is Steampunk?"His obsession with minute details of abandoned technologies and outmoded social behavior often leads to production hours lost to research, followed by long chapters of "I researched it, you have to read about it." To which his editor replies, "Not necessarily." The events of The Thunderbolt Affair begin in a version of 1887 nearly parallel to our own history, with one small change. From that one difference, he sought to extrapolate rapid changes in technology and society that would lead to something recognizable as steampunk, while entertaining the reader by telling an engaging story with a memorable cast of characters.