Category Archives: steampunk

My January Reading Log

Fiction: Vulcanization by Nisi Shawl is the awesomest steampunk story ever; Leopold II of Belgian Congo colonialist infamy wants to rid himself of visions of the people he’s victimized, using a strange device. After reading King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story … Continue reading

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August 2015 Reading Log

I’m finally caught up with book logging!!! I did less pleasure reading last month because I was working on review books (which I don’t discuss here). Fiction: I was so satisfied with Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts, first … Continue reading

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Steampunk at Arisia 2012 – Pics

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Pics – Arisia 2012

Photos from Arisia 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. Need some dice? This stormtrooper? Is cake. No, really, he was cake. People ate him. Need some steampunky specs? Among my favorite costumes of the con – cross-gender casting of Holmes and Watson.

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Recent DNF Crankiness

As usual, I’m going to avoid mentioning details that might make it easy to identify these books! 1. A steampunky steampunk. Yes, definitely steampunk. In case you missed it. This book which I didn’t finish had perfectly fine prose. It … Continue reading

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Active Settings

I had a note to myself that I should blog about “active settings.” I didn’t remember exactly why I’d written that phrase down, but ideas began to spill into my mind, as if the phrase was a cue. Thinking of … Continue reading

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Arisia 2011 Costume Photos!

There were so many amazing costumes at Arisia! I could have spent all my free hours there photographing. But since I was often hurrying from one panel to another, I only managed to stop and ask a few of my … Continue reading

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Philcon 2010 reports

Jared Axelrod really enjoyed the steampunk panel in which we both participated at Philcon 2010. Brian Siano blogs about his experience at the steampunk event Dorian’s Parlor, the following week. Barbara Barnett on the pros and cons of her experience … Continue reading

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Steampunk Themes

What are some common themes of steampunk fiction? (If you have suggestions, please comment!) I’m thinking along these lines:Punk, to me, at base means rebellion against an establishment. Because steampunk is influenced by the culture of Victorian England, I also … Continue reading

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Steampunk Research Books

I’ve begun basic research on the history of the American West for a western steampunk novel. My book isn’t going to be a historical, but I want it to be informed by history and in dialogue with history.I chose Frontiers: … Continue reading

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