Other than Terrae Vertebrae, what am I looking to display here?
Firstly, it would be worth putting into the public eye some of the thoughts and fiction myself and a few close friends have put into an initially tongue-in-cheek idea called Fallout: Home Counties.
This is exactly what it says on the tin. The Fallout universe drawing on British Speculative fiction and culture of the 1950s.
Secondly - and this leads a lot of finessing - something called (at least mentally) White Hot Sparks from the Crucible of the Enlightenment. That is, all the scientific theories and off-kilter ideas and misdirected energies of the Enlightenment that didn't last or were disproved - but placed in a world of magic as well as proto-scientific notions. Such a world would see the competition between arcane researchers become quite heated - quite apart from concerns of national pride.
This draws from history, yes (reading Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder contributes a bit) but also the narrative and manner of experimentation of Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. Laputa from Swift's Gulliver's Travels is also directly relevant.
More details may come.