Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West book review

cover of Dead Man's Hand Anthology

Dead Man’s Hand cover image

Introduction
Dead Man’s Hand is an anthology collecting 23 short stories written by as many contemporary sci-fi authors. These tales are self-contained but they all belong to a specific literary subgenre: the “weird west”. The book is available on Amazon for £7.99 (paperback), £.9.92 (CD audiobook) or £8.92 (digital download audiobook). Continue reading

Professor Elemental wants to make the internet splendid!

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I’ve been contacted by the splendid Professor Elemental (adventurer, tea drinker and bad ass emcee) to spread the word about his latest venture. His newest record is called Don’t Feed the Trolls and is a campaign to end trolling by simply ignoring them. After all, the reason they do it is to start arguments. Then they’ll either argue it out or slip out of the loop and watch everyone squabble among themselves.

The target to make a video for the track has been reached already. The rest of the funds will be spread out to various charities. Have a read of the press release below and have a think about donating. Continue reading

Poll: What would you do if steampunk ended tomorrow?

In this world of post apocalyptic films, dystopian stories, war, dredgery and misery; steampunk is a little shining light at the end of the week where we can put aside our differences, zip up the stuffy, ignorant commuter character we use through the week and be polite and splendid to one another for a few hours.

In a world of mindless sheep where everyone dresses the same to line the pockets of large fashion houses, we can make our own clothes or recycle old/vintage clothing to make it a unique costume which turns heads.

But what would you do if steampunk ended tomorrow? There’s no explanation why or how, but just imagine it ended tomorrow. What would you do? How would you fill your life?

Moving buildings

The Migrant Skyscraper from Yanko Design.

The Migrant Skyscraper from Yanko Design.
Designers: Damian Przybyła by Rafał Przybyła

The World on a Wheel: Moving Buildings in Steampunk
One of the great joys of steampunk lies in making everything a bit more mechanical. Whether it’s a steam powered prosthetic arm, a gun with extra pistons down the sides, or just jewellery made of gears and levers, everything’s better with a little layer of nineteenth century technology.

When it comes to mechanising, it doesn’t get much bigger than buildings. But the buildings of the Victorian era were already starting to be filled with mechanisms. So how can we take this further and make steampunk buildings really distinctive?

By making them move. Continue reading

Poll: What music genre captures the spirit of steampunk?

Professor Ψ by Amarillis Cargnin

Professor Ψ by Amarillis Cargnin

If I was to ask what band or artist was the most steampunk, we’d be here all day. I also saw an article recently that told us Electro Swing was the music choice for steampunk. I’m not entirely sure where that came from, so I thought I’d put it to you.

Therefore, I’m curious to find out what type of music you think captures the spirit of steampunk.

Cogs in Time 2 released today

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Cogs in Time author list

The adventure continues and the cogs keep on turning as you set sail aboard magnificent airships, venture into exotic times and places, revisit some of your favorite characters, and fall in love with new heroes and rogues. Continue reading

Steampunk model gets trouble for not being steampunk enough

Back in July this year, steampunk model Amy Wilder attended the San Diego Comic Convention wearing a gold bikini, coupled with a gun, holster, short jacket and obligatory goggles. Since then she’s had a lot of flak about whether the outfit was steampunk or not. Continue reading