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”

Colourful pocket watches Imagineered

Rewind watch
Rewind watch

I have been in touch with Starling and they have been telling me about their steampunk pocket watches. They’re a joint enterprise between Frank Cohen and Terri Hardin Jackson – a Disney Imagineer with ten years design experience for the famous animation studios. The six designs each have a back story which covers their creation and their magical powers. The latter is backed up with the watch utilising a Chillovean glow effect that has a 16 million colour gamut. Continue reading “Colourful pocket watches Imagineered”

Steven Moffat confirms Sherlock will be set in Victorian London

Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during...
Chinatown, London. Benedict Cumberbatch during filming of Sherlock. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I reported last February that images of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman wearing what looked like Victorian clothing had been released to the public. I speculated that it was a scene from an episode in the new series. However, Steven Moffat who co-created the series with Mark Gatiss who plays Mycroft Holmes – Sherlock’s brother – has confirmed that there will be a special one-off episode that will see our heroes in a Victorian London setting. Continue reading “Steven Moffat confirms Sherlock will be set in Victorian London”

Steampunk News round up 10/03/2015

The Lost Imperialist review: the first Victorian celebrity Irish Times “He is I suppose the most popular man in Europe, but what a bore it must be, having to keep up such a reputation.” This 1879 judgment of the first… Pen Meets Paper Looks at Eidolon: The Electrodyne Opera Capsule Computers What you will find instead are pieces of a fractured, steampunk world written in some very eloquent prose that will inspire you in creating your own… Rare, 80-million-year-old fossils of squid, octopus found in Japan Chicago Tribune TOKYO: The discovery of fossils from two new species, the lower beaks … Continue reading Steampunk News round up 10/03/2015

Steampunk News round up 09/02/2015

Embed from Getty Images A pick of the daily steampunk news from around the world. Eastern Florida Instuctor Authors Popular Steampunk Book SpaceCoastDaily.com A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector and caffeine junkie, the author now lives in Brevard County with her husband and two children. Goodman’s ‘Guide to Victorian Life’ reminds us how easy we have it today Toledo Blade She has not just researched the Victorian era, she has lived it. She has sewn its clothes, lived its conditions, and done its work. Yes, she has washed… Why are Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Victorian costumes? … Continue reading Steampunk News round up 09/02/2015

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman appear in Victorian clothing

Embed from Getty Images Following Benedict Cumberbatch‘s issues in America where he was forced to apologise for using the word “coloured”, he’s since returned to England and is now shooting scenes for the next series of Sherlock. As a fan of the show I can’t wait for the new series, so this can’t come soon enough. The unusual point is that both Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman have been seen in splendid Victorian garb with Holmes sporting his traditional deerstalker and Watson in a bowler, complete with waistcoat, pocket watch and long overcoat. Everyone is at a loss as to … Continue reading Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman appear in Victorian clothing