Steampunk Tribune | October 31, 2010
admin | October 30, 2010
In the midst of reading postcolonial theory and books about gothic literature, I decided to write another steampunk story. Some of you may have read Between Islands, my steampunk short at Expanded Horizons. In the name of procrastination, I thought I would share with you the process and history behind writing it. (What? Everybody else likes to talk about their work. I’m just jumping on that bandwagon.)
Warren | October 30, 2010
Watching The BBC’s latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic “The First Men In The Moon” was a truly wonderful way to spend 90 minutes. Mark Gatiss has proven himself a fantastic storyteller at the best of times (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock), but this latest foray into classic science fiction is a particularly delightful adventure.
“On the day of the 1969 moon landing, a young boy listens intently while an elderly kinematographer recounts the story of how decades earlier he became the first man on (and indeed in) the moon.”
Gatiss brilliantly plays Professor Cavor, an absent minded genius who’s invention launches himself and failed businessman Julius Bedford (Rory Kinnear) on an adventure into space. Cavor is a fansastic character, every bit the mad scientist, and the lunar capsule is yet another beautiful creation from the BBC props department, accentuating the steampunk feel of the film perfectly. There’s even a homage to the 1902 film “A Trip To The Moon“, the iconography from which will be familiar to almost everyone.
It was shown last week on BBC in the UK. I’m not sure of plans to air in other countries but I’d highly recommend keeping an eye out for this particular gem.
Steampunk Tribune | October 28, 2010
I received word that an outstanding Steampunk event will have its Grand Opening this weekend, in Oamaru, New Zealand! A new Steampuk exhibition, titled “Steampunk – Tomorrow as it used to be”, will officially open this weekend, and will have over 100 genre works from 40 from around the world. Included in the presentation are the works of Ms. Anna Repp, a well-noted and sought after artist and illustrator, with endeavors that have graced the publications of Jim Baen’s Universe, Twelfth Planet Press, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, among other publications.
To learn more about the event or better yet, pay a visit, please turn to their main site, at: http://www.steampunknz.co.nz/, to visit this unique event, hosted by the League of Victorian Imagineers (and with luck, possibly a visit by Dr. Grordbort himself)!
Steampunk Magazine | October 28, 2010
As we mentioned yesterday the Gaslamp Bazaar is closed for the foreseeable future. However, as promised, we’ve been looking into how to make the SteamPunk Magazine more community-orientated, and we are happy to announce that you can now register your very own SPM account.
Once registered, you will be able to manage your profile, comment on articles, talk to other users, and even submit articles and blog posts to us for publication here on the website.
To register, please go here, or use the ‘Login’ section at the top of this page.
We are very much looking forwards to hearing from you all, and hope to bring you more guest posts and articles from our readers, writers, artists and contributors in the coming weeks.
Steampunk Magazine | October 27, 2010
After much deliberation, we have decided to close the SteamPunk Magazine forum down for the foreseeable future.
Between the spambots and the technical difficulties, it has gotten increasingly difficult to maintain the Gaslamp Bazaar over the last year or so. We tried to make forums somewhere different and interesting place to hang out, but the fact of the matter is that we just don’t have the time to make them something really special any more. As such, the time has come for us to move on, and focus on other things.
Many thanks to all the people who have frequented the Bazaar over the years and made it generally an awesome place to hang out. Thanks also to T-Kew, who has spent a lot of his time moderating and generally looking after it.
For now, we hope to be seeing more comments and discussion on the articles here in our blog. In the future, we may even be looking into a registration system that will allow people to sign up for accounts, and even submit articles directly to our website.
The Artificers Club | October 27, 2010
My latest work in brass mesh, solid brass and mahogany. Of course it has light bulbs, but something a little bit different. The light bulbs themselves are modded. Low wattage plus a dimmer switch ensure that they will last quite a while. This piece is a combination of about three different designs.
The “weather” part is actually a stretch ( if you will forgive me).
It consists of three gauges: time, temperature and humidity on the base portion.
Actually, other than simply looking out the window for one’s self, it’s really the only weather information you actually need:) A few more picture here.
31″ tall. Dated Oct, 2010.
Regards to all at the A.C. !
The Steampunk Librarian | October 26, 2010
Congratulations to Giada, winner of our giveaway drawing for The Half-Made World! Many thanks to everyone who participated, and fear not, there will be more giveaways (and probably more snarky videos).
If you happen to be near Hartford, Connecticut this Halloween, you might consider attending Miss Kitty's Halloween tea party at the Mark Twain House, which appears to have all sorts of fun events going on this weekend.
Lovecraft never warned us about Cthulhu taking over the Treasury, did he? Well, it's too late now…
Steampunk Tribune | October 26, 2010
admin | October 26, 2010
While considering how best to go about my MRP, I wondered what it meant, really, to write postcolonial steampunk. My reading of science fiction and postcolonial writings in general is woefully insubstantial, but nonetheless, I still wonder.
Steampunk Magazine | October 26, 2010
We decided, a week into October, that we should do something for LGBT History Month, and the marvelous Lucretia Dearfour of The Wandering Legion responded to my plea for a last-minute guest post. Thanks for the post, Lucretia!
As a transgender individual I’ve heard, been called, and sometimes even identified with a lot of different words, including but not limited to: transsexual, trannie, transvestite, genderqueer, trap, crossdresser, drag queen, feminine man, hermaphrodite, androgyne, and (in the most negative sense) fag. All of these terms have VERY different definitions to them but at the exact same time find themselves falling under the same umbrella term: Transgender*.
Hey, I know this isn’t a transgender magazine; it’s a steampunk magazine, but I want to talk about how these communities overlap for me. Within the steampunk community, I have found tremendous strength and openness. This is partly due to the “alternative history,” aspect of steampunk. Since one can cherry-pick what ideas, philosophies, and beliefs they wish to include and which they wish to neglect one can create a world where Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas can be free to kiss in public and maybe even get married! I also believe that this post-modern mash-up that is steampunk is also similar to the concept of transgenderism: like my own identity, steampunk cannot be reduced to one simple definition or label. That’s why no two steampunks ever steam the same way.
Steampunk, like one who questions gender in society, is finding it hard to live within the skin that it had been created in. Steampunk doesn’t just want to stay in Victorian England. It loves the idea of Dr. Steel and the Atomic Age. It pines to know its own future. Will it be like Waterworld, Tank Girl, or maybe populated by contraptions like the amazing train Doc Brown rode in on at the ending of Back to the Future III?