The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson Review

I would recommend a quick glance at the wikipedia article about this book before you begin it. There is a great summary there of where and how the alternate telling diverges from real events. I didn’t do this before I started reading, and I spent a lot of the book wondering about fact and fiction. About the Book In short, it tells the tale of the trajectory of the world if the computer age came in the 1800’s. The political structures all over the world are deeply effected by Charles Babbage’s completion of his mechanical computers (called Analytical Engines) in 1824. There are numerous references to … Continue reading The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson Review

Cinema for Steampunks: Anna Karenina (2012) Review

I’ve never read Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. And after watching this incredible rendition, I don’t see how the book could top it. The story originally ran as a serial between 1873-1877 in Russia. What I thought of Anna Karenina Though Anna’s husband (played by Jude Law) only wants her to be happy, he is cold and can also never seem to reach her (Keira Knightly). The film depicts this tragic story of a woman unable to resist the temptation of a dashing count. Anna’s emotional journey is the crux of the story, so if you don’t like character-driven stories this one won’t be for you. On the other hand, the … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: Anna Karenina (2012) Review

Cinema for Steampunks: The Illusionist (2006) Review

Illusions are about making an audience believe the impossible. Magicians can accomplish this through slight of hand, misdirection, and clever technology. Innovative and deceptive designs makes the turn of the century magician a great trope of steampunkery. At left, Eisenheim (Edward Norton) sits, pondering in his workshop before he achieve fame as one of these clever illusionists. Most of this romantic drama centers on the relationship of Eisenheim and his childhood love, Sophie. The crown prince of Austria forces her to become engaged, and the magician must use all of his tricks to win her back. Fun Facts and Context:  The film is based on a story … Continue reading Cinema for Steampunks: The Illusionist (2006) Review

Phoebe Darqueling to Give 30 Years of Steampunk Lecture at the International Steampunk Symposium 2017

Happy Birthday, Steampunk! In just 24 short hours, Phoebe will be hitting the road once again to report on an amazing Steampunk event. This is her second time visiting the International Steampunk Symposium, but this year she’s going as more … Continue reading Phoebe Darqueling to Give 30 Years of Steampunk Lecture at the International Steampunk Symposium 2017

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 2

Your favorite cohort of steam-era heroes returns in another installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2! Our story starts on the surface of Mars where literary heroes Gulliver Jones (Lieut. Gulliver Jones: His Vacation, 1905) and John Carter (Princess of Mars, 1917) are organizing a resistance against an alien race of foreign origin that is trying to invade. All too quickly, aliens decide to invade the homeland of those who oppose them: Earth. We meet up with the League when they are called in to investigate an impact crater in the countryside. Tentacled aliens make short work of the humans who try to make … Continue reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 2