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Name D. L. Mackenzie
Location Phoenix
Member Since Mar 21, 2012
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My name is D. L. Mackenzie, and I'm a full-time working stiff who dreams of becoming a full-time writing stiff.  I write steampunk, or as I prefer to call it, "retro-Victorian science fiction mystery."  I've also written some short stories and scads of scandalously intemperate political pieces, but there's just something about the steampunk genre that won't let me go.

I've long been a fan of the old masters of early science fiction such as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, as well as other beloved classic writers such as Mark Twain.  I'm also a confirmed word addict; I love collecting obscure words.  Somehow these perverse predilections have combined with other diverse influences such as Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Dr. Who, and Monty Python to produce The Magnetron Chronicles, a loving parody of Victorian-era pulp fiction.

I'm now working in secret on my sixth Magnetron Chronicles novelette (slated for release later this year at Amazon, etc.).  I'm also back to working on Station Five, my modern horror novel.  I hope you enjoy my stories and I look forward to your feedback!


Like a Steel Trap

Like a Steel Trap

1 page, updated Jun 06, 2014PGCompleted
When forgiving and forgetting is not an option... Winner of The Iron Writer Challenge #67
97 reads votes 7 comments 5
Dandelion Bracelets

Dandelion Bracelets

1 page, updated May 17, 2014GCompleted
A flash fiction short entered in The Iron Writer Challenge "Weekend Quickie." The prompts for this story were "incredulity," "dandelion bracelets," and the photo used for the cover of this 200-word story.
57 reads votes 7 comments 2
Editing Mister D

Editing Mister D

11 parts / 13 pages, updated Jul 27, 2013G
Author D. L. Mackenzie collaborates with Pete Oxley in this steam-powered collaborative writing project. Learn how to improve your stories by following along as we disma... read more
1,490 reads votes 106 comments 73
Station Five

Station Five

4 parts / 16 pages, updated Jul 17, 2013PG-13
Mia Cordova is a nurse's aide at Los Arcos Care Center, a large skilled nursing facility caring for the profoundly disabled. Abby Tate, Mia's twenty-one-year-old patient, ha... read more
1,171 reads votes 64 comments 32
Spring-heeled Jack and the President's Ring

Spring-heeled Jack and the President's Ring

23 parts / 20 pages, updated Nov 24, 2012PG-13Completed
In this second novelette in the Magnetron Chronicles series, Phineas Magnetron and the Hogalum Society investigate the disappearance of Presi... read more
9,626 reads votes 342 comments 59
The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum

The Last Adventure of Dr. Yngve Hogalum

22 parts / 17 pages, updated Jul 06, 2012PGCompleted
The Magnetron Chronicles, Volume 1 Phineas Magnetron is an eccentric Nineteenth Century inventor blessed with a strange gift he doesn't completely ... read more
236,161 reads votes 1,591 comments 271
The Book Reader

The Book Reader

4 pages, updated Mar 31, 2012GCompleted
An elderly collector of second-hand books wrestles with his unusual ability to "read" the lives of his books' previous owners... and with one unique book he can't seem to read.
2,015 reads votes 94 comments 74
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