books, bartitsu and braaiins

Posted by 12th October 2010

Get ready for a week of activity in steampunkland! We're going to be posting some giveaways later this week, including a review/giveaway of Felix Gilman's The Half-Made World, which hits bookstores today! As a preview, you can check out Felix's website (I particularly like how the bio page changes each time you reload). This quote from an interview serves as a nice preview, too: 

What is it about speculative fiction, in general, that most appeals to you?

The strange, the grotesque, the absurd; the capacity of really strange fantastic fiction to reflect back how odd the actual world is. Also, monsters.

More on all that soon!

 I am happy to report that the Victorian Drilling Machine Halloween Project has been fully funded, and hope that those of you in southern California visit the finished product and share their experiences.

 The Steampunks Vs. Zombies battle is imminent! Which side are you on? (Regardless of your alignment, both factions feature some great information and links. Consider it reconnaissance, not betrayal, if you investigate.)

 Bartitsu, aka the art of gentlemanly self-defense, is not only fascinating but also gaining popularity thanks to the new Sherlock Holmes productions! A documentary is in the works and you can see a preview now.

 Craftster focuses on steampunk (with links to projects), and an Edwardian Era Tumblr is perfect for inspiration.

 Victoria 2 is available for the gamers. Expand, exploit and conquer! But please restrict such behavior to the game.

 And lastly, I am seriously considering the blue bumper sticker here, as this is what I say to people on a regular basis anyway. (I also highly recommend anything Wondermark from this site; there are all sorts of wonderful things there!)

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