It was a nice surprise to learn this week that my short story collection, Ether Frolics, was short-listed for a major Canadian literary award:…Continue
- - An excerpt, taken from the fourth chapter of "The Girl in the Corner...", the 1st Episode in the "Day of the Dragons" serial, 2nd Edition of the Clockhaven Chronicles, by P.S. Chambers. (Copyright © 2012 by Penny Gaff Publishing, LLC)- -
Alone, Stan settled lower in the cockpit seat, assuming his natural role of observer rather than participant. Few of this select assembly were familiar to him. Some he had met with the briefest of…
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- - An excerpt, taken from the first chapter of "Captive Sky, Truant Heart", the 1st Edition of the Clockhaven Chronicles, by P.S. Chambers. (Copyright © 2011 by Penny Gaff Publishing, LLC) - -
"The order was given. The tricolored pennant fell. A black flag with a grinning red skull took its place.
Within the confines of the forward casemate, the gun crew stood ready. A pot bellied gunner sighted down the long barrel of the Armstrong…
Added by Stephen Apolloni on October 24, 2012 at 1:18pm — No Comments
Since October 2011 two writters from Spain and México came with the idea of an Anthology about retrofuturism, writting in spanish language and then asking all the latin american and spanish community be part of it.
That will be published as "Ácronos"
But many stories get out from the original project, so "Plan B" was born.
The next September 29th in EuroSteamCon Spain "Planes B Volume I" will be introduced, as a steampunk Anthology with…Continue
Added by N. Inmunsapa on September 17, 2012 at 6:29am — No Comments
I just wanted to mention that I'll be speaking at the Library Of Congress on November 1, 2012. If any of you happen to live near Washington D.C., I'd love to see you there. The subject of my speech is steampunk, so hopefully it'll be fun.
Also, to catch people up, my latest books are DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON "They" Are Watching Us! This is now Number #1 on the Amazon Kindle Best Seller List for its genres, and has been for about two months now. And…Continue
Added by Rob Shelsky on August 21, 2012 at 5:06pm — No Comments
Check out the legendary Charles Saunders's (author of the accalimed Imaro, Damballa and Dossouye series) review of my steampunk novels The Switch II: Clockwork and Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds.
Here's a snippet :) "Valjeanne "Sister Moon" Jeffers continues to rise in the ranks of speculative fiction authors with the release of the latest novels in her interlocking Immortal/Switch series. Her writing weaves vivid threads of science fiction, fantasy, horror and erotic as…Continue
Added by Valjeanne Jeffers on July 31, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Dark Victorian: Risen gets its first review at My Ethereality! http://sp.theyoungriderstv.net/wordpress/?p=1697 Thank you, Raydeen! :) A beautiful commentary.
Added by Aidana WillowRaven on April 23, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
WillowRaven Illustration & Design Plus: A steampirate character conception draft ...: Just a draft ... Waiting on the author's comments. He has commissioned me to represent each of his characters in…Continue
Added by Aidana WillowRaven on April 21, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments
. . . self-publishing is certainly lots of work (and a long, learning experience! Not over yet!), but the creative freedom is a great trade from working with a publisher. I picked the editor, my typographer, my e-book formatter, and now even my colourist, a fellow illustrator who'll help me complete the plates for the illustrated version of my book. Is this crazy? Perhaps, but I've reached that point in life where I really would like to do things well, and with as much fun and creativity as…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Watasin on April 14, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments
Hey all!! So I am more than thrilled to reveal the cover for my YA Steampunk novel, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY (Dial, Penguin)!
It's kind of terrifying just putting it out there, and I am especially curious what this community will think. Before anyone says anything, I do want to point out that the girl in the middle is not just wearing goggles because goggles represent Steampunk, it's actually a part of her hero costume and they allow her to see in the dark. I say this, because, well, we…Continue
Good news for Romanian steampunk.
My story "The story of Calistrat Hadîmbu from Vizireni, cowardly killed by the uncle Raul Colentina in an inn on the outskirts of Bucharest" won the Galileo Award 2012 for best short story.
And "Steampunk. The Second Revolution", edited by Adrian Craciun (Millennium Books, 2011, cover illustration by Edward Miller) won the award for best anthology.
The awards were voted by the subscribers of the Romanian SF&F magazine…Continue
Successful Writing, Whether For Steampunk Or Otherwise
Editors, Publishers, And The Fine Art Of Compromise
Successful writing is not easy. As authors, we already know this much. And, of course, there are a number of factors in being a successful writer. Included among these is a willingness to edit and cut your work as needed. This last means you have to be willing to be an…Continue
This is of special interest to steampunk fans, but to computer enthusiasts as well---
I hope they are able to construct it to see if it works, although since he had several different incomplete plans…
Added by Gary Alan Ruse on November 7, 2011 at 6:15pm — No Comments
After watching Laputa, Howl's Moving Castle, and Steamboy, after finishing Fullmetal Alchemist and catching up with the latest release of D. Gray-Man, I find myself asking, "What else?"
It is evident that I deal exclusively with mangas in this post. This is because while steampunk has been recognized as a hybrid genre that is versatile and multicultural, there is a rather blatant oversight of mangas and animes in spite of the astounding popularity and appeal of Howl's Moving…Continue
Added by Lexi Orchestra on October 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments
As the hub of the industrial revolution, Victorian Britain and its culture will continue to be one of the strongest settings for Steampunk fiction. That said, it is not the only legitimate setting. After all, even Jules Verne’s most memorial character, Captain Nemo, mentioned more than western European aristocrats in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. "Do you think I'm unaware of the suffering people and oppressed races of this planet, the poor to be comforted, the victims to be avenged?"…Continue
This is a section from my upcoming workshop for Savvy Authors, Characterization and Plotting.
It begins October 24 and ends November 13.
If you know a writer who would be interested send them to Savvy Authors.
I hope enjoy this blog post.
Adding Tension and…Continue
Ah, good steamfolk, another post the blog!
Indeed, it's not much to vent steam about; merely a chance to pose the opportunity for mirth and merriment, were any dear reader at hand with which to spar. Instead, I suspect the storm caressing the inlets and shores of the eastern coastline, with all attendant catastrophes such as the lack of steam, may have thwarted the masses from joining us in this medium. It's possible, don't you agree?
Being in an all-too fair clime,…Continue