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Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stewart J Breier Jan 3. 32 Replies

Hi All, I'm currently doing an MA in Creative Writing and I'm writing my academic dissertation on Steampunk. Specifically, on the cyborg-type horror elements, the fusion of man and machine. Of…Continue

 

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Stewart J Breier replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"I see postings not necessarily from the age of steam.  In that case, I recommend the sourcebooks for the RPGs Shadowrun and Cyberpunk.  They both involve cyber, though they are set in an SF more 80s-esque, and not steam, though it could be…"
Jan 3
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"Congratulations, you have been randomly selected to receive the fifth edition of The Aether Chronicle! To receive the newspaper regularly, simply "Friend" the Editor.Chronicle%235.pdf"
Jan 25, 2014
Leslie Orton replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"Just in time for New Years, the third edition of The Aether Chronicle! Enjoy!"
Dec 31, 2013
Evan O'Connor replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Rising have to do with this, although they're more cyberpunk. Neouromancer too! Cyberpunk I believe has a lot more body horror in it. Most of the time, it's cleaner. You could always use this as an example…"
Apr 20, 2013
Noel Bagwell replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"We are the Borg. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."
Mar 24, 2013
Camryn Forrest replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"This may not be steampunk, but I would at least mention 2001: Space Odyssey because of HAL's movement toward independent intelligence. It was a novel by Arthur C. Clarke before it was a film. wikipedia's entry for Cyborg includes a number…"
Jun 18, 2012
Heather Albano replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"You said literature and not film, so mentioning Darth Vader isn't helpful - but it's worth noting that Obi Wan's condemnation of him in A New Hope is not "he's a mass-murdering psychopath," but "he is more machine…"
Nov 3, 2011
Heather Albano replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"What a fantastic book - fabulously-maintained, genuinely creepy atmosphere all the way through. I could practically feel the coal dust on my fingers and in my lungs."
Nov 3, 2011
C. P. Brooks replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"I am not sure if this reply is too late to be of any use, but read the short story The House of Gears by Jonathan L. Howard (you can find it online at Fantasy Magazine). There is a grotesque little man (Samhet) in that story, one…"
Jul 11, 2011
Kat Sheridan replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"Have you read The Iron Duke, by Meljean Brooks? LOTS of cyborg-esque stuff in there."
Jun 28, 2011
Sophie Playle replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"Yes! I saw that mentioned on another forum and have gotten my hands on it. Have started reading. REALLY interesting stuff. Many thanks."
Jun 24, 2011
Sophie Playle replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"Fantastic - thanks!"
Jun 24, 2011
Sophie Playle replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"Thanks, Neon, I've started that one. Nearly finished 'The Wind-up Girl' which I'm LOVING."
Jun 24, 2011
Neon Suntan replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"  Whitechapel Gods by S M Peters, features a disease called "The Clacks" where those infected become more mechanical.    "
Jun 14, 2011
Lia Keyes replied to Sophie Playle's discussion Body Horror and the Fusion of Man & Machine
"You might want to look at Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine, which has several sections on automata and one on mechanical women. It's about the Renaissance, yes, but it spans mankind in general as well,…"
Jun 9, 2011

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Introduce yourself!
I'm one of those people who have always loved steampunk without knowing it - fascinated with airships, the dark aesthetic of industrialisation, extravagant fantastical machines etc. Discovering it as a genre in its own right, I've become deeply interested in expanding my knowledge in the area.

I'm a writer, currently studying for a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and working on my first novel - steampunk, naturally. I'm also interested in horror, dystopia and apocalypse - further manifestations in my writing.

For weekly articles and musings on writing, my MA and steampunk, please visit my website: www.sophieplayle.com
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At 7:15am on April 6, 2011, Lia Keyes said…
Welcome to the Guild, Sophie! Delighted to have you with us.
At 4:07pm on January 25, 2014, Leslie Orton said…
Congratulations, you have been randomly selected to receive the fifth 
edition of The Aether Chronicle! To receive the newspaper regularly, simply 
"Friend" the Editor.

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