The Steampunk Librarian | August 31, 2010
Here's a fun happy thing. I've known the Dark Side of the Net since ye olde days when I was reading alt.gothic by candlelight on a dial-up modem, so I am awfully thrilled to be cited as one of 13 seriously cool steampunk sites in a recent entry there! Thanks, Carrie!
I know many people who are or soon will be on the way to DragonCon; if you're bringing some steampunky accoutrements, try to make it for (what they hope to be) a world-record-setting photograph shoot of steampunks there.
How can you resist performers who go by the moniker of Absinthe Minded Professors? What if I added that there's a violin and dark storytelling involved?
Via the Airship Ambassador's interview with Ay-leen the Peacemaker, I discovered the Edwardian Promenade and immediately added it to my RSS feed. Many thanks to all involved in the discovery process!
And lastly…I've been featuring many links related to treasure hunts lately. Planet Slade has a wonderful recounting of the treasure hunt mania that took over much of England in the early 1900s.
Steampunk Wallpaper | August 29, 2010
This is a large file (1600 by 1200). I’m trying to get back into doing wallpapers, but it’s difficult due to some personal stuff. Bah! Enough of that prattle, here’s a wallpaper!
Woman with Parasol is from mjranum-stock, and the entirety is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – Share Alike 3.0
- Guest Wallpaper: Raygun by mszafran
- Guest Wallpaper: Old Cog by mszafran
- iPhone- Simple Rust2
DoctorFantastique | August 24, 2010
We are most gratified by the attention Issue One of Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders garnered among the Steampunk community at large. Such an influx of visitors and such praise is always good for our hearts.
So it is with great pleasure that we announce we are officially open for submissions to Issue Two of the magazine, which has a publication date of October 22, 2010. We request that you kindly send us your submissions by October 1, which will give our Editor time to read and format the accepted tales for proliferation across the Aether.
All emailed submissions should be sent to email@example.com, in a Word file attached to the email document. If you have any questions, do consult our Submission Guidelines or send us your query through the Aether Mail.
We look forward to your pieces.
Yours in Gears and Cogs,
The Steampunk Librarian | August 24, 2010
Hammacher Schlemmer, although always on the side of the overpriced, gets the terminology right with their "Victorian Futurist's Monorail" set. Great fun for both steampunks and those who dislike the steampunk label!
In a post which obviously attracts steampunky librarians, P.C. Sweeney ruminates on how steampunk can save librarianship. Huzzah!
Steampunk Magazine has a new issue…I think? Issue 7 is out, at any rate, and looks lovely.
Also, there's a Tumblr devoted to turn-of-the-20th-century images.
Also, China Miéville has a weblog! I did not know this. (There are some steampunky bits and some radical bits and some general bits. Good stuff.)
Would you expect to find a museum devoted to Edison and gramophones in South Korea? No? Well, prepare to encounter the unexpected.
And lastly, a mysterious explorer by the name of Bertram Fiddle has appeared on the web and seems to be having all sorts of adventures.
DoctorFantastique | August 20, 2010
We are very proud to announce that today is the day for the launch of the premiere issue of Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders. We are certain you have perused the listing of the included works on the front page many a time since we first posted the announcement, and are as excited as we are to see them broadcast through the Aether.
So watch our website around 12 p.m. Eastern Time today for the launch of the inagural issue. We do believe you will enjoy the works as much as we do.
Yours in Gears and Cogs,
The Steampunk Librarian | August 17, 2010
As you can see by the weekend post, we had our giveaway for Johannes Cabal The Detective! Congrats to The Faustian Man, -F- and K. Kidder on winning copies (and psst, K. Kidder, send me your mailing address — I've heard from the other two already). Many thanks to everyone who participated and spread the word, and we will hopefully have another giveaway for you next month!
DragonCon is only two weeks away. I won't be there, but I am envious of all who will be, and of the alternate history/steampunky track the organizers have planned. Take lots of photos, everyone!
The BBC is running (or has run? It's hard to tell) a series on Victorian pharmacies. Looks intriguing. Over here on this side of the pond, the always-manic Adult Swim people have crafted a frenetic "Victorian BMX" online game for those of you who love steampunk and, um, dirt biking. I'm sure some of you are out there.
Sometimes I find links and save them up for posts, usually with annotations so I can remember why I saved them. This post by the Steampunk Scholar has the description "teaching steampunk lit - fantastic." That sums it up, I think.
Also fantastic is this entry by the Bartitsu Society on using hatpins as self-defense weapons. Ladies, take note!
And finally, for the steampunk-minded in the Chicago area, there's a website just for you.
The Steampunk Home | August 14, 2010
@thaumata saw this and thought of us…
Yep, it’s a leather wrapped bathtub. I love how it resembles an antique travelling trunk, but could do without the fleur di lis. (And couldn’t they antique all the shiny brass?)
From French company Condor. More pictures here.
The Steampunk Librarian | August 14, 2010
SteamPunk LIbrarian – August Drawing for Johannes Cabal
The Steampunk Home | August 12, 2010
Blend Studios is a “creative collective” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin specializing in 2D, 3D, and sound media. I suspect they should also consider interior design gigs — their offices are unique and very personalized.
The office that has the most steampunk vibe is Nick’s — largely due to the mix of industrial salvage and antique wood used by his brother Jordan to make the desk and shelving.
- fabric curtains to soften the industrial edges
- damask wallpapers
- dark colors — especially grey
- Edison bulbs
- leather furniture
- soft throws
(One of the challenges I’m finding to using a lot of harder materials like metal and stone is keeping it soft enough to be comfortable. Office space perhaps doesn’t have to be as comfortable as a home, but I like how they use fabric drapes, upholstered furniture, throws, and wallpapers to soften the feel.)
See more pictures and read more about it at Apartment Therapy and the Blend Studios website.