You might recognise Harrison as the author of the famous Stainless Steel Rat series. I read them 20 years ago and have positive memories, but now very much associate him with the title “teen author”. A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! was a title I picked up in my back-reading of old steampunk novels, and… it is boring as sin.

In fact, I’m completely unconvinced that it actually is steampunk. Sure it has a babbage engine in one part. It has the British Empire as a world leader in an alternative world history. And it has some coal-powered stuff.

But… the flavour is wrong. Unless you can clearly tell me that it influenced steampunk? I’m not believing it.

Did I mention boring? I gave up about halfway through.