Here is a short outline of my steampunk noir concept for some following posts. A predatory alien race, the tsh’ankh, have gathered on an artificial planet samples of various races from the galaxy, including Earth. Millions of abducted humans live in a sprawl called the Ghetto.
They are forbidden to operate any machinary developped beyond the stage of steam technology. Only a small elite of collaborationists are allowed more sophisticated machines- vintage cars or aeroplanes. This upper class consists mainly of crossbred from humans and aliens, living in the wealthy districts of the sprawl.
The narrator is a human private eye retained by a mutant femme fatale who is being blackmailed. The story will take us through this strange noir art deco town brimming with hybrid characters.