Punkettes | March 20, 2013
The Steampunk Librarian | January 22, 2013
The 2013 Book Giveaway Extravaganza begins! First up: an Advance Reader Copy of The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley.
It is 1895, and the Babbage Engine is reality. Tesla-powered contraptions are everywhere in London. So are shadowy government figures, and there are even rumors that Moriarty, presumed dead, is really alive, skulking about in the shadows, and kidnapping individuals. Sebastian Tweed sees the proof of this firsthand when his father is abducted in front of him. He joins forces with Octavia Nightingale, who has her own reasons for hunting down the kidnappers, and the result is a Sherlockian steampunkian adventure, with two bantering protagonists, a hive of intrigue, and the beginnings of what looks like a swell series for young adults.
We have one advance reader copy of The Lazarus Machine to give away! The usual protocols apply. In order to be considered for the giveaway, post a comment below and tell us what Sherlock Holmes depiction is your personal favorite. Is it Jeremy Brett’s PBS series? The new Benedict Cumberbatch BBC series? Just Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories themselves, in unadulterated form? (I am partial to Young Sherlock Holmes, myself). If we get more than five answers, we’ll do a video giveaway; if not, we’ll do it the old-fashioned way (probably dice-rolling). The deadline is Sunday, January 27th. Good luck to everyone, and we’ll have another book to give away next week!
More information on The Lazarus Machine at Pyr Books.
The Steampunk Librarian | July 17, 2012
Adding newfangled technology to classical music? Behold, the fantastic typewriter piece!
Imagine glasses that can see into your soul. Well, maybe not the soul, but at least into veins and possibly more!
The best bouquet ever: flowers made from Sherlock Holmes stories and a sonic screwdriver for a stem.
LEGO now features rather steampunky “monster fighters” as a set.
Imagine a column of steam rising from the countryside…to celebrate the Olympics. Well, and why not? It’s going to happen! (Also, in related news although not steampunky, you can track the Olympic torch relay as it happens. Eddie Izzard will take up the torch later today!)
And finally, happy news for readers: we have reached the tipping point in books, so get your typing fingers ready to participate in a steampunk/sci-fi boo giveaway soon! Sir Reginald cannot wait to opine on the books (and the entries).
Strange Dreams | April 26, 2012
Once more into the lesser explored reaches of the aethernet!
In the past two years, steampunk fiction has become part of the mainstream, with thousands of anthologies, novels, and online narratives, to say nothing of how steampunk has filtered into the Hollywood movie production line (need I mention the Sherlock Holmes re-boot?).
With the proliferation of publications, and online blogs,
The Steampunk Librarian | March 6, 2012
If you had the chance to rename the phonograph, what would you call it? A list of alternatives considered by Thomas Edison includes some gems, such as “anitphone” (“back talker”). I think he chose pretty wisely.
Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in several incarnations these days, huzzah!
Sure, you may have refrigerator magnets. You may even have refrigerator poetry magnets. But do you have the Magneto Versalator Steampunk Magnetic Word Set?
And, if you have a few extra thousand lying around the domicile, you could bid on the steampunk mechanical arm worn by Nathan Fillion in an episode of Castle. (Thanks to Aaron of Conceptopolis for the link!)
Steampunk Tribune | December 17, 2011
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Steampunk Tribune | July 14, 2011
Looking forward towards the projected movies for the remainder of 2011, I was intrigued that the latter half of the year has three Steampunk movies (or at least productions with a Steampunk bent to them) coming to the screens. I was debating as to which one would be the most anticipated, so I figured it would be a perfect poll question! The movies in question are: The Three Musketeers (opening in October, 2011), The Invention of Hugo Cabaret (opening in November, 2011), and Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows (opening in December). I’ll simply provide the movie, trailers, and associated links, (without *too* much chatter), then feel free to vote on the sidebar!
As mentioned previously, the new Three Musketeers is a tad prior to what many consider the classic Steampunk timeline, but the movie has a plethora of Steampunk tropes, including what appears to be an outstanding airship battle!
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Steampunk Tribune | June 8, 2011
Brass Goggles | May 2, 2011
Steampunk Workshop | April 26, 2011
The Steampunk Bible is out! I helped connect Jeff and S.J. with people doing cool things in the movement and I wrote what I hope is the definitive candy tin etching how-to for this book. Our fashion editor Libby Bulloff also contirbuted articles and LOTS of shiny photography, including the best photo ever take of yours truly.
The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.
Get your copy today!
The Steampunk Librarian | December 21, 2010
Congratulations to the winners of the giveaway contests, and many thanks to everyone who entered! Hopefully we'll have some more contests in 2011.
The film Young Sherlock Holmes turns 25 this month. I saw it in the theatres more than once when it opened, and it's still one of my favorite movies.
If you're scrambling for some last-minute holiday gifts, why not consult this list of steampunk-themed goodness?
Not on the list above but definitely on my imaginary wish list is the electric Miluira car from Japan. How gorgeous is this? (The price is insane, however.)
Oamaru's steampunk exhibition was such a success that it's going abroad to Australia, and possibly beyond!
Salon Futura is a great site for any modernist/postmodernist/futurist/etc., and they've been discussing steampunk on it recently.
And lastly, here's a lovely, intriguing sentence for steampunks this Christmas: "Terry Gilliam is godfathering "1884," to be co-produced by U.K.'s Steam Driven Films and France's 2d3D Animations."
Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!