Clockwork Cairo Steampunk-Egypt Crossover Anthology Review

This anthology paid homage to the very real obsession with all things Egyptian in the steam-era. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review of Egyptian Steampunk crossover stories, but I would have happily paid the price to enjoy this wide range of stories. Because this is an anthology, I can’t give you a quick and decisive synopsis of the entire volume. Instead, I’d like to share a few highlights from the collection that stood out to me. (I received this book in exchange for an honest review) What Worked The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, the Mummy that Was and … Continue reading Clockwork Cairo Steampunk-Egypt Crossover Anthology Review

A Vision for Steampunk Socialism, Guest Post by Tony Green, AKA The Steampunk Socialist

Writer and musician Anthony (Tony) Green lends his expertise to examine the possible place of Socialism within Steampunk. Take it away, Tony! The Steampunk Socialist is an invented persona that I intend to use as a multi-media creative vehicle during … Continue reading A Vision for Steampunk Socialism, Guest Post by Tony Green, AKA The Steampunk Socialist

Soulless by Gail Carriger Review

Gail Carriger asks and answers an interesting question in her Parasol Protectorate series: “What if the supernatural was integrated into every day life?” Against the backdrop of Victorian London, the acerbic “spinster,” Alexia Tarrabotti, finds herself in a world that has done just that. Vampires and werewolves are fully integrated into society, with some even acting as agents and advisers to the crown. The supernatural set all have an overabundance of “soul” which allows them to survive the transition to immortal. Alexia, however, was born without any “soul” at all, which means her touch mitigates the abilities of others. When science meets the supernatural, our heroine finds herself in … Continue reading Soulless by Gail Carriger Review

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 “Moving buildings”

Steampunks and servants

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Back in August, I wrote an article in response to a rant on iO9 about how steampunks and other historical re-enactors only concentrate on the lighter, shinier side of the past and ignore the grimy, pestilence ridden side of it. You can read the article here.

In this article, Andrew Knighton considers the use of servants in a steampunk universe and ponders why they might not be present in stories. Continue reading “Steampunks and servants”

News round up 21/11/2013

©photofairground steampunk goggles
steampunk goggles ©photofairground

My dear friends, I must apologise for missing last week’s news round up. Sadly, life sometimes gets in the way and so I had far too much to do to get this particular task executed in time.

So, here is this weeks offering of interesting items from around the known world. They include a reworking of a 400 year old play, figure reports for a large steampunk weekend in Pennsylvania, followed by “rules” for getting the steampunk look. Top that with an interview with a steampunk author and a German web-series getting an airing and you have a decent amount to read on this week. Continue reading “News round up 21/11/2013”