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Norman Hugh Redington commented on Professor Stanwell Briar's blog post New Cover for Tales from the Black Hart!
"You wrote: "I'm almost done with the textbook on simulation." That sounds interesting; simulation of what? Or just modelling in general?"
Aug 18, 2016
Dennis Gallemore left a comment for Norman Hugh Redington
"Thank you for the warm welcome; I look forward to being a part of this group."
Aug 5, 2016
Norman Hugh Redington posted a blog post

Retrofuturist Artist Jim Harter Has Died

The artist Jim Harter, an important influence on the proto-Steampunk aesthetic in the 1980s, died last week. You can read a little about him in my latest blog entry, and see examples of his work in Richard Autry's video below.See More
Oct 12, 2015
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Happy New Year from 1840!

Slough, January 12, 1840To Sir William Rowan Hamilton The Observatory DublinMy dear Sir William:As I cannot send you anything worth your notice in one of your lines by the Penny Post, I will handsel it with a little thing in another which may serve as a New Year's memorandum of an astronomical event --- viz., the final laying up in ordinary of the old 40-feet…See More
Jan 4, 2015
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Steampunk and Its Props

Is this video Steampunk? It has punks, though it lacks steam (and the ending is maybe a bit saccharine). It has famous and much-banned music: the anthem of German revolutionaries from the Sixteenth Century peasant revolts until the anti-Nazi resistance. Is Steampunk about dressing up like Jules Verne characters, or about seeing the continuity between past, present, and alternate worlds? Does Steampunk require props?See More
Nov 10, 2014
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On the Moon with J. Nasmyth

I have just added a post to my blog at Net Advance Retro which might be of interest to some of you. It concerns the work of the Victorian artist/engineer J. Nasmyth, who used plaster models to make astonishingly life-like photographs of landscapes on the moon.See More
Oct 20, 2014
Norman Hugh Redington posted a blog post

Anyone care to draw this 1845 tank?

At the end of an anonymous 1845 poem praising the Wonders of Progress, we find this curious end-note describing a steam-powered battle-car. Perhaps a SWAG member might care to illustrate it (or include it in a story):"Steam wagons to run on common roads have been invented in England. They are made to ascend rising ground and go down declivities at a suitable regulated speed."From reflecting on this invention…See More
Aug 25, 2014
Norman Hugh Redington commented on Reginald Pinafore's blog post Stormy weather and Dinosaurs on an airship
"How ancient is "ancient"? Is it the island of Aeolus? Perhaps Aeolus was not a supernatural character, but part of an ancient civilisation ... Atlantis, in fact, because Aeolus in mythology was the son of Poseidon."
Aug 24, 2014
Norman Hugh Redington replied to Alison Weaverdyck's discussion Sites to See for an American Steampunk in London in the group LONDON CALLING
"Some obvious possibilities would include:1. Science Museum, South Kensington (difference engine replica) 2. Natural History Museum (the Victorian interior has unfortunately been ruined, but the amazing science-themed Gothic decorations remain) 3.…"
Aug 18, 2014
Norman Hugh Redington replied to Lia Keyes's discussion Phillip Reeve Calls for Greater Scientific Plausibility in Steampunk Fiction!
"Here is an example of a new technological development of obvious relevance to steampunk, a press release from MIT issued just today: Steam from the sun --- New sponge-like structure converts solar energy into steam. This would seem like a useful…"
Jul 22, 2014
Norman Hugh Redington posted a blog post

Some might find interesting the ongoing serialisation of Charles Babbage's quite peculiar autobiography at Net Advance Retro. In this month's chapter, Babbage, as a child, tries to call up the devil.

Some might find interesting the ongoing serialisation of Charles Babbage's quite peculiar autobiography at Net Advance Retro. In this month's chapter, Babbage, as a child, tries to call up the devil.See More
Jun 1, 2014
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Recent Steampunk-Relevant Additions to Net Advance Retro

VIDEO OF THE MONTH (2013 November): Emily Brontë's "November 1837" (as sung by Janet Jones on her 1976 album A Fresh Wind Waves.) This poem is a surviving fragment of the "Gondal Game", a role-play project on which Emily and Anne collaborated for decades.1894: A Millionaire's Space Odyssey: Excerpts from a science-fiction novel by John Jacob Astor, who died on the Titanic.…See More
Nov 25, 2013
Norman Hugh Redington posted a blog post

Airship Primer in Verse

May I draw your attention, if I might be so bold, to Dr. Melanie Karsak's SteamU blog, and to my own recent contribution to it -- a history of airships in verse form ? The long poem "The Air-Midshipman's…See More
Sep 24, 2013
Norman Hugh Redington posted a blog post

Cenochronic History

For the last month, I have been writing on my blog at MIT about a new approach to history that I call "cenochronic". The last post in the series deals with Steampunk as a specific example. I have collected all of the posts in the series at one location.…See More
May 27, 2013
Camryn Forrest commented on Norman Hugh Redington's blog post Hertha Ayrton: the Feminist Tesla
"What a wonderful find, I'll check it out."
May 21, 2013
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Hertha Ayrton: the Feminist Tesla

Although the 19th and early 20th Centuries produced an extraordinary number of eccentric genii, Steampunk attention seems focused on only a few (Tesla, Babbage, &c.) As the editor of a site devoted to 19th Century physics, I occasionally come across historical figures who, I think, would greatly enliven the mix. One of these is Mrs.…See More
May 21, 2013

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http://web.mit.edu/redingtn/www/netadv/retro.html
Introduce yourself!
I am mathematician and poet who has always felt a
bit unstuck in time.
What do you hope to find at The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild?
In 1982-83, I co-edited what would now be called a steampunk underground newspaper, the
Yellowhouse Press. I'm curious to see what
steampunk (or, as we said then, "futuristic
Victorian") writers are like today.
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Retrofuturist Artist Jim Harter Has Died

Posted on October 12, 2015 at 7:10pm 0 Comments

The artist Jim Harter, an important influence on the proto-Steampunk aesthetic in the 1980s, died last week. You can read a little about him in my latest blog entry, and see examples of his work in Richard Autry's video below.

Happy New Year from 1840!

Posted on January 4, 2015 at 7:17pm 0 Comments

Slough, January 12, 1840

To Sir William Rowan Hamilton

The Observatory

Dublin

My dear Sir William:

As I cannot send you anything worth your notice in one of your lines by the Penny Post, I will handsel it with a little thing in another which may serve…

Continue

Steampunk and Its Props

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:55pm 0 Comments

Is this video Steampunk? It has punks, though it lacks steam (and the ending is maybe a bit saccharine). It has famous and much-banned music: the anthem of German revolutionaries from the Sixteenth Century peasant revolts until the anti-Nazi resistance. Is Steampunk about dressing up like Jules Verne characters, or about seeing the continuity between…

Continue

On the Moon with J. Nasmyth

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

I have just added a post to my blog at Net Advance Retro which might be of interest to some of you. It concerns the work of the Victorian artist/engineer J. Nasmyth, who used plaster models to make astonishingly life-like photographs of landscapes on the…

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At 8:12pm on October 25, 2012, Lia Keyes said…

Welcome to the Guild, Norman!

At 5:59am on October 31, 2012, Michael Haulica said…

Hi Norman,

Send me an e-mail to michael(dot)haulica(at)gmail(dot)com to have your e-mail address.

And I'll send you back the story. It's OK PDF?

How come you know Romanian?

I'm happy to know somebody in US tat can read my story (beside my Romanian friends who are living in USA).

All best,

Michael

At 12:52pm on August 5, 2016, Dennis Gallemore said…

Thank you for the warm welcome; I look forward to being a part of this group.

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