Brass Goggles | October 5, 2011
Join Tor.com for Steampunk Week, starting Monday and running through Friday, October 7th.
Please come and support our fellow steampunk bloggers as they take Tor through the ins-and-outs of our community: Margaret “Magpie” Killjoy, Lord Bobbins, Andrew Fogel, Captain Donna Ricci, Janus Zarate, Ekaterina Sedia, Kaja Foglio, Lee Ann Farruga, Fabio Fernandes, Simon J. Berman, John Coulthart, Nisi Shawl, Gina Gagliano, Jaymee Goh, Cat Rambo, John R. R. Leavitt, Tyson Ness, Jess Nevins, Mike Perschon, Glenn Freund, and Pablo “Mr. Saturday” Vazquez III.
Steampunk Week at Tor Books
Steampunk Workshop | October 3, 2011
I'm excited and pleased to see that friend-of-SPWS, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, has taken the helm for this year's Steampunk Week at Tor Books blog!
With steampunk “hitting the mainstream,” the big question nowadays has changed from “What is steampunk?”* to “Where is it going?” To help address this question, Liz Gorinsky has kindly passed the mantle of Tor.com steampunk curator to me this year. Although this is only a week-long theme, I’ve packed it to the brim with contributions from both established and up-and-coming voices in the steampunk community. I’m especially proud of the diverse range of voices worldwide who offer a look at steampunk from various angles — from Eurocentric to multicultural, artsy to lowbrow, politics to fandom, and everything in between. Hopefully, you’ll have as much fun reading this week as I’ve had assembling it.
The Steampunk Librarian | May 10, 2011
It's Day 2 of Giveaway Week, and today we're featuring Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt. In a happy coincidence, Hunt's book was mentioned yesterday in a Wall Street Journal article about steampunk literature!
The Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt (Tor Books)
In Middlesteel, the river takes everything. And it takes in everything as it flows, sensing people running in the shadows, political forces massing just out of sight, and magic and steam working alongside each other.
Middlesteel is the capital of Stephen Hunt's Kingdom of the Jackals, and The Rise of the Iron Moonis the third book to take place in his Jackelian world. The series is now up to six books (released in the UK first before making their way over to the US) and, while not a linear series, has many recurring characters and plotlines in each volume.
First off, I admit that I hadn't read the previous books in the series before opening The Rise of the Iron Moon, and so felt as if I hit the ground running at a high speed. I'm told this is a trademark of all the books in the series, however — the action comes fast and furious and with many tangents sparking off in different directions. It's a wild ride and one that immerses you at once in the world of the Jackals, the Quatershifts, and other nations that may extend beyond what anyone imagines. In Hunt's books, robotic technology and magic exist side by side; steam-powered machinery is driven by people with powerful visions, while politicians use any advantage they can find to advance their causes. There's something in The Rise of the Iron Moonfor everyone — especially for those of a steampunk bent.
Steampunk Workshop | 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!