April 2011 Blog Posts (20)

The Royal Wedding of Victoria and Albert



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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 28, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Victorian Tea Time

Like most little girls, I grew up playing Tea Party. Ceramic and plastic tea sets are still some of the most popular toys, if you have daughters or granddaughters, they probably have at least one. I don’t know if you’ve seen a show called Pregnant in Heels, but they had a proper English… Continue

Added by Maeve Alpin on April 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Steampunk Tech and Teens



A while ago as I was catching up on my steampunk blog readings and drying my hair at the same time I came across an post with a title that caught my attention like flying magnets, "Steampunk Tech and Teens." Oh. Fabulous. Exactly what I…

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Added by Lexi Orchestra on April 26, 2011 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Real Victorian People: Florence Cook

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 25, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Kinetic sculpture - inspiration for automatons?

Very amazing and inspiring video about kinetic sculptures!

Added by Anna Chen on April 24, 2011 at 2:34am — No Comments

Real Places in Victorian London: Rotten Row



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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 21, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Egyptian Steampunk

There was a strong Egyptian influence in the 19th century with the translation of the Rosetta stone, all the English and European Egyptologist and their rich discoveries, the Egyptian obelisk erected alongside the Thames, and the quaint mummy unwrapping parties. Egypt even influenced Victorian clothing, furniture and furnishings. In turn, there no question aspects of the Steampunk culture have been influenced by ancient Egypt. In the entertainment field Steampunk…

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Added by Maeve Alpin on April 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Steampunkology: The Nineteenth Century Boy-Inventor Roots of Steampunk

Nevins, Jess (2009). The Nineteenth Century Roots of Steampunk. In The New York Review of Science Fiction, 21(5), 1, 4-5.

 

Although this article wasn’t published in an academic journal, its overview of steampunk’s “boy inventor” roots offers steampunk scholars some interesting insights and further paths for exploration. An earlier version of the article was published in Steampunk (2008), edited by the…

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Added by Dru Pagliassotti on April 15, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Grave Robbing, or The Resurrection Men

Before Great Britain's Anatomy Act of 1832, which allowed medical schools to legally obtain a sufficient number of cadavers for study, getting a corpse to dissect was no simple matter.  The Murder Act of 1752 stipulated only the bodies of executed murderers be used for such a purpose.  As medical science improved, the need for fresh cadavers began to rapidly exceed the supply of executed murderers.



Enter the Resurrection Men



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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 14, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Rock the Drop -- Steampunk Style

Since we're mostly writers here, I wanted to share this with you all.   Today is "Teen Lit Day" -- to celebrate YA books and encourage teens to read.  Today people all over the nation are going to "rock the drop" -- leave a YA book in a public place for someone to take home and enjoy.  http://bit.ly/cWIztH  If you leave a Steampunk YA book, please email me pics, (suzannelazear (@) hotmail) we're collecting them for the steamed blog. 

 

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Added by suzanne lazear on April 14, 2011 at 9:56am — No Comments

Dear Coppélia (2)

Dear Coppélia,

 

I've been sick.

 

Dear oh dear.

 

But that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping up with my readings!

 

The automata motif is probably my favourite, ranging from the giant 8-armed mechanized goddess in Behemoth or the moving armor in Fullmetal Alchemist. You can't deny that they're all pretty freakin' cool to look at. It's all in the details, I say, the intricacies and elaborate designs, which brings me to recommend this…

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Added by Lexi Orchestra on April 13, 2011 at 6:34pm — No Comments

The (Victorian) Experts Have Spoken

Part of plotting the Past Lives trilogy was figuring out which steampunk inventions the Order created and used.  Fortunately I came up with a specific use for goggles first!…



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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 13, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

New Steampunk Online Class

Hey everyone.  I wanted to let you know that I'm teaching anohter Steampunk writing class in May. 

This one is less of an overview like Writing Steampunk A-Z and more of a butt-kicking class to help you with whatever it is your steampunk ms needs.  (I will be teaching Steampunk A-Z again in July through the Hearts through History RWA).

 

WORKSHOP:  The Steampunk Workshop: Building a Steampunk Manuscript

INSTRUCTOR:… Continue

Added by suzanne lazear on April 13, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

A SWAG annual award for Best in Steampunk - THE JULES VERNE AWARD!

How about it?  We at SWAG could promote it, call for submissions, and build a clientele for the best.  We could have several categories - best overall story, best gadgetry, most technically plausible; the Dru Pagliassotti best in social critique; best use of humor in steam; must 'punkish'.

 

What do you think?

 

At some point we might be as big as the Hugos!  ;-)

Added by claudia j. alexander on April 10, 2011 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Prologue

At the moment of impact, I wasn’t surprised when a life flashed before my eyes.  I just expected the life to be my own.

The silver Porsche must have been doing eighty when it hit black ice.  I couldn’t swerve, couldn’t get out of the way.  There was nowhere to go as the Porsche whipped around, skidding toward my little car.  Headlights rushed toward my windshield, flooding everything with brightness, obliterating the night.  And then I was – someplace else.  A home that once belonged…

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 10, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments

A Few Universal Victorian Truths That Aren't Actually True

Here's some things that are often repeated about the Victorian era that aren't true:



Sometimes people were buried alive.   Not that anyone can discern, but there were rare cases of people who'd been declared dead reviving a few hours later.  Eventually the urban legend…

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 9, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Some Fun Facts about Victorian England

Well ... I think they're fun, anyway.  Beta-readers for my Past Lives Trilogy will recognize some of these.



Pollution:  Most homes burned coal in their…

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

The ABCs of Steampunk



A is for Alchemy, Science's emo elder brother


B is for Brass

C is for Corsets, or Cyborgs, or cyborgs in corsets

D is for Damask, Decanter, and Daguerreotypes

E is for Engine, steam of course…

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Dear Coppélia (1)

Dear Coppélia,

 

How you must think me primitive for wanting to write this using pen and paper instead of typing this up on a typwriter to enjoy the rhythms of clinks and clacks it makes, but I hesitate not to remind you that Leonardo da Vinci the Renaissance man, the Italian polymath and genius inventor, penned all his designs and sketches personally with his own hand. After all, is writing not a form of technology?…

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Added by Lexi Orchestra on April 3, 2011 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Two States, Two Very Different Conventions, and One Dizzy Author Having Lots of Fun

Talking about absinthe with Anomalycon steampunks

Last week offered a multitude of author-flavored treats for me. Two…

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Added by Michelle Black on April 2, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

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