Regardless of the pranks being played on April 1st 2017, the following 30 days are going to be no joke! As you’re more than likely aware by now April 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the creation of the word “steampunk”.
What better way to start off the anniversary of the word steampunk but with the very author who came up with the name.
Find out more about KW Jeter on his publisher’s author page at Bad Robots Publishing.
You can also find out more on his GoodReads page.
Morlock Night Author History
KW Jeter was born in 1950 and it was while at University that he met Tim Powers and James Blaylock. Through them he also met Phillip K. Dick. Powers, Blaylock and Jeter were instrumental in the creation of modern day steampunk as we know it now. As well as writing in the steampunk style, Jeter has also written several Star Trek, Star Wars and Bladerunner novels. The latter being more in line with cyberpunk. It was Morlock Night that Jeter submitted to Locus magazine in April 1987:
Enclosed is a copy of my 1979 novel Morlock Night; I’d appreciate your being so good as to route it to Faren Miller, as it’s a prime piece of evidence in the great debate as to who in “the Powers/Blaylock/Jeter fantasy triumvirate” was writing in the “gonzo-historical manner” first. Though of course, I did find her review in the March Locus to be quite flattering.
Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of that era; like “steampunks,” perhaps….
The first item to be given away in April is a copy of Morlock Night by KW Jeter.
Make sure you watch the Facebook page for the winner being announced!
Stay tuned for the next day’s prizes! Or you can view the list here: Steampunk Journal’s April Giveaway