The Steampunk Librarian | May 7, 2013
This week, I point you to other websites which are chock-full of historical and/or steampunk information!
The Edwardian Promenade always has something interesting.
The Smithsonian’s “Paleofuture” weblog is fantastic. Here, a link to Tesla’s predictions for the 21st century.
The British Newspaper Archives has a blog now, huzzah.
Mrs. Daffodil Digresses can be about many things; here’s a post on “murderabilia” collectibles in the 1910s.
The Steampunk Librarian | April 30, 2013
Steampunk Art Supplies. Does what it says on the tin!
The Kickstarter project for A Study in Emerald has been funded, so keep an eye out for some spooky steampunk goodness.
The Steampunk Librarian | April 23, 2013
Greetings! Not dead, not abandoning the weblog, just busy with this modern life concept. I'll return soon.
The Steampunk Librarian | April 2, 2013
Hello! The drawing for Vintage Tomorrows will be held either tonight or tomorrow, and will be posted sometime this week. Then it’s a break from giveaways for a short while. Thanks to everyone who participated, and there will be more in the future!
So while we were occupied with book-wrangling, a lot happened in the steampunk world. For instance, the papal conclave was held, and Business Insider (!) did a story on the “steampunk contraption” used by the conclave in selecting a new pope.
Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files series, signed on for a new series in the world of steampunk.
Armor Games came out with Steampunk Tower, another fun (and free!) steampunk-themed game. I got to Level 4 before falling apart, strategy-wise.
Have you seen the Cryptohistorians yet? They are all sorts of awesome, and deserve huge amounts of attention.
Gears and Steammoved from LiveJournal to Tumblr. And speaking of Tumblr, the beautiful Nowhereland posts gorgeous Art Deco images, and also photographs such as this beauty from the 1880s and this rebel from the 1890s. It’s definitely worth a look!
The Steampunk Librarian | March 26, 2013
I am back and healthy…and buried in work. However, it’s time for the last book giveaway (for a while, at least), and it’s a great one.
Vintage Tomorrows is the book to hand to anyone who asks about steampunk. Whether it’s about the maker culture, the fashion trends, the history behind the alternative history, the literature, the art, the music, or anything else you can think of, this book does its best to cover it. (In fact, there was so much to include that there’s a supplementary ebook available – for free! –as well. See below for details.)
Written by historian James H. Carrott and futurist Brian David Johnson, Vintage Tomorrows looks at the history that never was, and also at the future which still may be. It’s a great read, and highly recommended.
We have one copy to give away! This one is easy: to enter the giveaway, post a comment below and tell us, in one sentence, what steampunk means to you. (Mine is one word: “Optimism.”) The deadline for the giveaway is Monday, April 1st (no joke). Good luck!
The free companion book to Vintage Tomorrows, titled Steampunking Our Future, is available for download!
More information on Vintage Tomorrows is available at O’Reilly’s website.
The Steampunk Librarian | March 14, 2013
Greetings! I currently have the plague (and not much of a voice), so there's no usable video of the drawing. But it did take place, I can have Sir Reginald the puppet vouch for it, and the winners of our two copies of Power Under Pressure are RL Brown and Page Turner. Congratulations to both of them, and many thanks to everyone who participated! We have one more book to give away, and once I am back up to speed, I'll post the information. Thanks again!
The Steampunk Librarian | March 12, 2013
…for the Society of Steam drawing and a new book to give away! They'll be posted soon.
The Steampunk Librarian | March 5, 2013
And we’re back for another giveaway! This week, we have Power Under Presssure by Andrew P. Mayer.
Power Under Pressure, the third book in the Society of Steam series, begins in a dark place. The Society of Paragons has been destroyed, and the evil Lord Eschaton is planning to turn New York City into an empire of smog. It’s up to Sarah Stanton, hiding out in a Brooklyn junkyard, to save the city and reassemble a team worthy of protecting the city. Power Under Pressure completes the trilogy (The Falling Machine and Hearts of Smoke and Steam were the previous books in the series), but the ending, while satisfying, still leaves enough untied threads for Mayer to further explore the world he’s created, if that’s where fate takes him. As this particular world is one filled with steam (fortified and otherwise) and the trappings of the Gilded Age in New York, we’re all for more adventures in it!
We have two copies of Power Under Pressure (one Advance Reader Copy and one paperback) to give away! To enter the contest, post a comment below and tell us where you would build a hideout (or lair, depending on your alignment) if you had to keep a very low profile. The deadline for entries is Sunday, March 10th. Best of luck!
More information on Power Under Pressure is available at Pyr’s website.