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A Goth Steampunk BENEFIT SHOW for GIL CNAAN—Anachronism 4.5: Dracula Meets The Clockwork Man

From Ay-leen the Peacemaker:

Hey guys,

I wanted to give a heads-up about this event coming up this Sunday. It's a fundraiser to help out Gil Cnaan, the producer behind Dorian's Parlor in Philly, who's been hospitalized and now has bills he cannot pay :(  He's a fantastic man and such a sweetheart and deserves all the support the community can give. I'd greatly appreciate it if you can help signal-boost this any way you can.…

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Added by Lia Keyes on March 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Gearing Up for 2012: Tor.com publishes its Steampunk Conventions List

Looking to get more into steampunk for 2012? Tor.com has included 32 events in its round-up of upcoming events, including several outside the United States. Pop over to see the complete list!

I'd love a volunteer to add these to our events tab -- any takers?

Added by Lia Keyes on January 19, 2012 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Whimsy and the death of Steampunk

Nothing wrong with a bit of whimsy, but I fear that it could be the death of Steampunk.

Why? I hear you cry. Alright, I don't, but you know what I mean. The why is pretty simple - if the superficial trappings of Steampunk are all that are perceived of the work, and the characters are cardboard Victorians with stiff upper lips and clockwork blunderbusses who say 'Bai Jove!' a lot, then you are doing yourself, the reader and the genre a deep disservice.

It can be done well. Read G. K.… Continue

Added by dave bartram on July 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — 21 Comments

On Moralizing and Patronizing





 Originally posted on my Steampunk blog: Nicholas L. Garvery



For my first movie review I decided to write about…
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Added by Nicholas L. Garvery on August 1, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Forgetfulness and Nostalgia

Nostalgia is a necessary thing, I believe, and a way for all of us to find peace in that which we have ccomplished, or even failed to accomplish. At the same time, if nostalgia precipitates actions to return to that fabled, rosy-painted time, particularly in one who believes his life to be a failure, then it is an empty thing, doomed to produce nothing but frustration and an even greater sense of failure."  (R. A. Salvatore,…
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Added by Lexi Orchestra on August 3, 2011 at 1:22am — 4 Comments

Blame it on Nick Valentino and Thomas Riley

It was at the SC Literary Convention in 2009, where I first met Nick Valentino. I was in attendance with authors from my small press, Shadow Archer Press and Fissure Magazine and co-writers from our Greenville writers' critique group, The Reedy…

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Added by Gail Gray on August 7, 2011 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

VICTORIAN VAMPIRES: Varney and Carmilla

"Penny dreadfuls" were cheaply printed…
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Added by Stephanie Abbott on May 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — 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

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

Victorian Era Recycling

Cross posted from Free the Princess (http://freetheprincess.blogspot.com)



The men and women of Victorian England were one of the most sustainable generations in British history.…

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Added by Matthew Delman on January 21, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Introduction and interview

Hello All,

I have just joined this fine group and look forward to meeting other Steampunk creators.  I thought it might be helpful to post an interview I have just completed with the Conselho Steampunk from Brazil as a way to share what I'm up to.  Who else in this group is working in a crossover between Steampunk and elements of Gothic Horror?  Would love to see other projects and ideas happening in the Aethersphere.  In case…

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Added by Kevin Mowrer on December 27, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Shanth Enjeti, expert on sequential storytelling

Thought you might enjoy a tip to go and visit an interesting blog by a well known expert on sequential storytelling, Shanth Enjeti.  He makes frequent posts on his blog and approaches storytelling as a visual artist with lots of deep knowledge about historical and contemporary visual narrative artists.  You can see his blog at:

http://tellforward.blogspot.com/…

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Added by Kevin Mowrer on December 30, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

BLOG POST POLICY - PLEASE READ

     I'd like to request that the blog feature be used for instructional posts only, not self-promotion. If you'd like to showcase your work, please do so as a "new discussion" at The Emporium group.  An obvious advantage of this is that any publishing professionals scouting for talent will only have to look in one place, instead of seeking out…

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Added by Lia Keyes on November 10, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild is born!

Thank you for joining The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild, which is dedicated to furthering the development of the genre as a whole, and the interests of its members.



The success of a venture like this depends on the quality and passion of the membership, so I hope you will take a moment to add our badge to the side margin of your blogs and tweet vociferously until word gets out. I'd like to see a hot rush in the number… Continue

Added by Lia Keyes on November 9, 2010 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

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