Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters Review

I ran across this one in a second-hand store months ago, but I hadn’t had the chance yet to read. Whitechapel Gods was always pulling at me from the bookshelf (I think it was those smoldering eyes on the cover), and a six-hour round trip bus ride gave me plenty of time to consume and digest this very colorful creation by S. M. Peters. What is Whitechapel Gods About? But when I say “colorful” please do not picture a rainbow. This is a dark tale of humankind caught in the middle of a millennia-old struggle between beings of great power who use their influence to wage … Continue reading Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters Review

Phoebe Darqueling Stops by Radio RetroFuture to Talk about Politics in Fiction

Radio RetroFuture is a fabulous podcast hosted by anachropunk enthusiast, Bonsart Bokel. He invited me to join fellow bloggers and artists, Bess Goden and Stephanie Kato to talk about politics in Steampunk fiction. YouTube has told him that if he … Continue reading Phoebe Darqueling Stops by Radio RetroFuture to Talk about Politics in Fiction

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton and Swinburne #1) by Mark Hodder Review

When I first came across this author, I had recently moved to a small town. But I had high hopes for the public library because there are two colleges nearby. I went in mostly in search of classic science fiction to get me started on exploring the genre from its roots. But, as I combed the shelves Mark Hodder’s The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack jumped out at me. I had never heard of the author or Spring Heeled Jack, but calling it a “strange affair,” plus the font on the spine told me I was probably looking at the right time period. I have never … Continue reading The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton and Swinburne #1) by Mark Hodder Review

Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Future

The Future can be a confusing part of steampunk. Not everyone realises what an integral part of the culture it is. We all know that science fiction is one of the foundations, but still people argue that steampunk ends at the World Wars. If that’s the case, then there can be no future for steampunk. I don’t mean that literally, I mean there can be no steampunks from or in the future. Obviously science fiction doesn’t just mean the future, however this part of time is largely ignored. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Future”

Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Present

The laptop that started it all
The first Datamancer steampunk laptop

Considering the fact that we’re submerged in a culture that hasn’t moved past design of the 19th century, incorporating the present day into steampunk is both challenging and inventive. One of my favourite parts of steampunk is taking something completely modern and giving it a design that looks like it was made over 100 years ago. Nobody did that better than Datamancer, in my opinion, although there are some wonderful creators on the scene now. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Present”

Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Past

7315There’s no denying where we get our inspiration from. Regardless of whether you’re a top hatted Victorian gentleman strolling through the park on a delightful summer’s evening or if you’re a deep space explorer using a self recycling steam powered quantum engine to travel through the stars, there will be some kind of connection to the Victorian era in your designs. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Past”

Chronology of a steampunk universe

9880Before we start, this isn’t an article documenting the historical time line of the creation of steampunk. I’ve been very careful with how I word the title. It’s a chronology of A steampunk universe, not THE steampunk universe. Yours could be very different.

I’m trying to work out where steampunk starts and ends. There are a variety of theories, so I figured I would put mine out there as well. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe”