It is 1877, the Age of Steam. The Second Industrial Revolution is well under way, and science is propelling a dizzying technological renaissance in medicine, communication, electrification, and railroads. There is a palpable sense of expectancy: the promise of great advances, and the shapeless, undefined dread of a world that is somehow getting ahead of itself.
Across this spellbinding, perilous milieu strides the Hogalum Society, men of extraordinary intellect and character, men of letters, men of action. They master science and bend it to their will. They plumb the depths of black mysteries beyond the reach of science, and confront the barbarous depravity of the criminally insane. They defy tyrants and advance the cause of civilization and the general welfare of mankind. They desire neither wealth nor fame nor recompense in any form, save for the satisfaction of doing good—and succeeding when no one else dares even make the attempt.
What follows is the first volume of the only known historical account of these brave, uncompromising, and unconventional heroes: The Magnetron Chronicles.