yesterday’s future today

| April 10, 2012

Congratulations to the VanderMeers – The Steampunk Bible has been nominated for a Hugo Award!

 

 

Rollicking Tales is looking for stories of all kinds – steampunk, western, fantastic adventures, and the like.

 

 

Need a quick vintage look to a modern photograph? Pixlr-o-Matic is free and wonderful! (Non-vintage effects are also included.)

 

 

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a vintage method of broadcasting your thoughts via social media, might I suggest the Twittertape?

 

 

And finally, the Tanenbaums present the Reading Glove, which looks steampunky and vintage but is actually as modern as it gets, “reading” objects via RFID technology.

 

Etching Tins with Salt Water and Electricity – Compliment to The Steampunk Bible Article

| August 13, 2011

etched altoids tins The Steampunk Bible contains an article I wrote on etching small candy tins with salt water and electricity. There was limited space in the book so we've provided this expanded compliment article to help you should you be interested in trying this project, enjoy!

 

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The Steampunk Bible makes USA Today!

| June 16, 2011

The Steampunk Bible, which is, well, the Bible of Steampunk was featured in USA Today.. (earlier today).  Quite unexpected, but perhaps it is one more sign that Steampunk naysayers and defeatists are on the wrong end of emergent opinion.  Bit of a short article, but its a wildly read paper, so its simply one more means to spread the good word about Steampunk!  To see the article, please turn here:  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/popcandy/post/2011/06/cool-book-alert-the-steampunk-bible/1

The Steampunk Bible!

| May 3, 2011

Folks! The Steampunk Bible, edited by Jeff Vandermeer (who edited both Steampunk anthologies from Tachyon Publishing) and S.J. Chambers, is now out!

Here is the blurb:

Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. 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 asSherlock 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.

The Steampunk Bible features a ton of awesome and wonderful people in the steampunk community, a ton of lovely art, articles with lots of writers, and yours truly is in it!
Have some pretty pictures under the cut!

Now Available – “The Steampunk Bible” by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers.

| May 2, 2011

The Steampunk Bible  – “An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature”, published by Abrams Books, is now available on Amazon.
It is described by Abrams Books as:
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.”
Check out the companion blog – The Steampunk Bible.

The Steampunk Bible is out!

| April 28, 2011

Via Tor.com Facebook feed, I learned the Steampunk Bible is currently on the shelves in many a fine bookstore, just waiting to be purchased!  The official title, “The Steampunk Bible, an Illustrated Guide to the Worlds of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature“, by Mr. Jeff VanderMeer and Miss SJ Chambers, is certainly to be the “must purchase” Steampunk book of the year!  To obtain the proverbial jump on your associates, one can always visit Amazon and acquire your copy right here!  (And do consider a nice review once your done!)

The Steampunk Bible

| 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!

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Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com

| October 23, 2010

My apologies for being a bit late with this for Steampunk Fortnight at Tor Books has already begun!

Last year at around this time, Tor.com was deep in the throes of Steampunk Month, our first attempt to focus on a specific topic for a short period of time and see what we could say about it. A year later, steampunk is still hunting for the tiniest glimmers of recognition within mainstream culture. Whereas, in our corner of the world, you can’t take more than a few steps without encountering a glittering new dirigible or an old standby whose brass accents are being buffed to a high sheen. Everyone has an opinion about steampunk these days.*

Be sure not to not miss SPWS friend Ay-leen The Peacemaker's essay and the sneak peek at Jeff VanderMeer's up coming Steampunk Bible!

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Quick Links: Steampunk Fortnight @ Tor.com

| October 21, 2010

Sci-fi and fantasy blog Tor.com is taking another stab at Steampunk after their fantastic Steampunk Month series last year, which you might want to check out!

There’s not much up yet, but the fabulous Ay-Leen the Peacemaker has a beautiful essay on the Ao Dai, which made my inner costume nerd giddy with joy, and there’s an interview with the author of the Steampunk Bible which talks about some of the issues we like here – race, class, sustainability, consumerism, and the like.

They’re promising other exciting things like comics and giveaways to come, so keep an eye on it for the next couple of weeks!