Petzval (D)SLR lens from the Lomographic Society

Petzval lens isometric view

Petzval lens isometric view

The Lomographic Society and Zenit have teamed up to present a gorgeous new accessory for your photography. The Petzval lens is a redesigned version of the original Petzval from 1840. It’s a beautiful brass tube with modern lens elements and a mount to fit Nikon F and Canon EF SLR and DSLR. No communication is made from lens to camera and even the aperture uses the old Waterhouse system.

It looks a little weird on the end of a DSLR, but isn’t that what steampunk is all about? Not to mention that the actual development of this lens is steampunk essence in itself. The designs come from a Victorian lens with modern lens technology in an old fashioned design.

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Fans clamour for University Professor’s next steampunk novel

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Book Launch for Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan

Rod Duncan, who teaches Creative Writing at DMU, in Leicester, has attracted a growing fan base after the debut novel in his series – called The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter – was nominated for the prestigious Philip K Dick Award and earned plaudits from critics in the UK and the US. Continue reading

Victorian festival celebrates launch of wooden Stonehenge

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Wood Henge in Liverpool is to have a Victorian party. Obviously.

If all else fails, you can call on the Victorians to provide a good ol’ knees up. A wooden replica of Stonehenge has been built in Princes Park, Liverpool and to mark the opening of it, did they hold a Druid or Pagan celebration? No, they had a Victorian festival instead.
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Interview with Curtis Allen – Steampunk illustrator

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The Original St Valentine’s Day Cogginton card

Curtis Allen is a UK based illustrator. He lives in Birmingham and has been drawing for as long as he can remember and interestingly, even at a young age, had a tendency to draw things that were broken. In his Steampunk Journal interview, he tells us of his inspirations, aspirations and how a favourable comment from Professor Elemental (he gets everywhere) validated his work. Continue reading

Are Steampunk and Dieselpunk intertwined?

Sky Captain

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

On 20th May, there was a special big screen showing of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Frequently, this can be misconstrued as a steampunk title on Facebook pages. Continue reading

Wanderlust by Adam Millard

Wanderlust Front

Press release:

London, UK, 09/06/2015: London 1902. Renowned art thief and cat-burglar, Abigale Egars, is good at her job. Assisted by contraptions created by her tinkerer and mentor, Octavius Knight, she is a ghost, evading the Met at every turn. Unceremoniously abducted from her bed in the dead of night, Abigale learns that The Guild, an insidious and powerful organisation, has implanted a device in her head, a contraption that will administer poison directly into her system at the flick of a switch if she doesn’t do what they say. Blackmailed into stealing three priceless artefacts by The Guild, Abigale must avoid being captured by her arch-nemesis, Detective John Wesley Alcorn, but he’s the least of her troubles. Wizards, magic, necromancers, it’s all very real, and Abigale is soon up to her eyeballs in it. Can she survive London, Saint Petersburg and Paris in one piece, steal the triptych and return it to The Guild before the wizards take it from her?

Can she stay alive long enough to save the world?

WANDERLUST IS PUBLISHED BY STEAMWORKS INK, AN IMPRINT OF CRUSHING HEART AND BLACK BUTTERFLY PUBLISHING.
RRP £9.99

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, AND ALL GOOD BOOKSHOPS FROM JUNE 9TH 2015.

Interview with Eva Gordon – steampunk author

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Hand of Miriam by Eva Gordon

In the past Eva Gordon has been better known for her fantasy novels, but recently her love of the Victorian era has combined and encouraged her to write steampunk. Now with her novel “Hand of Miriam” available on Amazon, Eva has spoken to me about writing steampunk novels, mummies and travelling the world on her steampunk airship. Continue reading