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Clockwork Century

by Cherie Priest
Apr 1, 2014
1 Hours
Ages 13+
A mechanically inclined orphan who lives in the basement of a sanitarium is urged to “make new friends.” A doddering scientist shares his living space, and he encourages the effort — providing all the assistance his weakening mind will permit.

So the orphan makes a friend… with the materials that lie immediately at hand. Unfortunately, the resulting automaton would rather cause chaos than keep him company.


Stonewall Jackson survived Chancellorsville. England broke the Union’s naval blockade, and formally recognized the Confederate States of America. Atlanta never burned.

It is 1880. The American Civil War has raged for nearly two decades, driving technology in strange and terrible directions. Combat dirigibles skulk across the sky and armored vehicles crawl along the land. Military scientists twist the laws of man and nature, and barter their souls for weapons powered by light, fire, and steam.

But life struggles forward for soldiers and ordinary citizens. The fractured nation is dotted with stricken towns and epic scenes of devastation—some manmade, and some more mysterious. In the western territories cities are swallowed by gas and walled away to rot while the frontiers are strip-mined for resources. On the borders between North and South, spies scour and scheme, and smugglers build economies more stable than their governments.

This is the Clockwork Century. It is dark here, and different.

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Director & Cast

Director Colleen Delany
Starring Colleen Delany, Matthew Bassett, Christopher Graybill, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Evan Casey, Helen Pafumi, Andy Clemence and Bradley Smtih
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Doug Krentzlin
Dialogue Editors Thomas Hogan
Sound Designers Thomas Hogan
Original Theme Music Thomas Hogan
Additional Original Music Thomas Hogan
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Too short by Rosendo (Posted on 2/1/2017)
Loved the story but sad cause it seemed way too short for me
Tanglefoot by Angelo (Posted on 5/1/2016)
Great short story. keep up the good work
Short and sweet... by Robert (Posted on 12/27/2015)
It's alright for a taster session with the series, wish all your sagas had tasters its nice way to see if I'll like the story line.
Short but sweet by Daniel (Posted on 12/31/2014)
This is a short but fun backstory, story. It is well worth the listen, it provides much to the world we have come to love,
Great other than an odd casting choice by Eric (Posted on 12/6/2014)
While the story itself was interesting enough, having a grown, albeit young-sounding man play the part of an eleven-year-old boy was sifficiently distracting to keep me from engaging with the story for very long. I guess in that sense, it's good that this story was so short. Still, it did get me jazzed about Boneshaker, so I suppose it served it's purpose.
Mixing alternate history and boogymen? by Armand (Posted on 10/1/2014)
I had to listen to this twice and repeat a few sections. It doesn't have a lot of action and seems to leave one hanging when trying to classify the content. Very hard to see where this could be going in the future...

Maybe something between The Shining, Pinocchio, One Flew Over the Coocoo's Nest, and Outer Limits? ( if you can imagine that combo.). Perhaps Witchcraft and Chucky and Fantasm would be more accurate. It's just hard to figure this out.

I have a real problem seeing a theme in this production. Being a Deathlands, Outlanders, World of the Lupi series type fanatic perhaps distorts my expectations.

It was fairly slow and not very believable, but okay for a short I guess. They packed a lot of talk to setup the scenes and situation.

Not sure I will try the next first episode or not... maybe if I get desperate...

The production quality was typical GA outstanding...
great by anthony (Posted on 8/19/2014)
I can't wIt to see what's in store. Keep up the good work
tanglefoot by Linda (Posted on 8/6/2014)
the people in it sounds so real you just keep amazed
Works for me by Bill (Posted on 5/2/2014)
Ive been wanting to try the Clockwork Century story in print and this is a good introduction. It might steal me away from the print version. It does not disappoint.
Woah! I nearly missed my exit! by Brandon (Posted on 4/9/2014)
I listened to this while in the middle of a 5 hour drive with the kids. The story was INTENSE! The sound effects of the clockwork boy during the final scene really fired up the imagination and I almost missed my exit! That said, I would have preferred a more graphic end, as the story was set up perfectly for a little horror. As it was, it was anticlimactic. But was it worth the $2.49? Absolutely!
Excellent Clockwork Short Story by Wm Reid (Posted on 3/27/2014)
After purchasing with my free reward points, I have to say that this made an exceptional short story and I can't wait for the first book in this series (Bone-shaker) to come out. I am a big fan of steampunk and clockwork fiction, and am very pleased to see the genre come to Graphic Audio. I look forward to seeing more steampunk/clockwork titles come to life through the work of the graphic audio team.
Still Finding Its Groove by CATDADDY (Posted on 3/18/2014)
The problem is that steampunk is an inherently visual medium, leaving us to begin with long narrative descriptions of the wonders of an alternative 19th century. It wisely moves to a small, enclosed location for most of the drama.

This story has a few dashes of "Hugo" and "The Twilight Zone" in it, but it is inherently a small tale with a not-dissatisfying climax. However, the lead performance is a bit flat, with only the supporting lead - the doctor - is a particularly noticeable voice performance.

Hopefully, this series can find its groove with future installments.
Short and Sweet by Mats (Posted on 3/2/2014)
This short story was probably made as a primer for the bigger release that's right around the corner. And it certainly did it's job. I can’t wait for the clockwork century to continue.

The GA production is top notch as always. The music in this piece does such a good job of creating that quirky fantastical atmosphere that I look for in these kinds of stories and the narration is solid throughout.

The story itself isn't exactly groundbreaking stuff but it's very well written. It's has likable characters and a decent amount of suspense. Enough so that I hope we'll meet these people again.

The only thing I would have changed is some early exposition about this universe that comes at the very start of the story. They could probably have integrated it in the story or just cut 30 seconds of it. But all in all that's a very minor thing.

Also it's cheap. You probably have enough reward points so that you'll get this for free. I did ;-)

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