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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 fireplaces, not wood.  And in the grander houses, virtually every room…

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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

Steampunkology: The Transcendent Steam Engine

Sakamoto, Michaela (2009). “The Transcendent Steam Engine: Industry, Nostalgia, and the Romance of Steampunk.” In Wright, Will & Kaplan, Steven (Eds.) The Image of Technology in Literature, Media, and Society: Proceedings from the 2009 Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery (pp. 124-131).

 

In this essay I will lay out the ways in which nostalgia has reinvented…

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Added by Dru Pagliassotti on March 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

"Dear Coppélia"

Greetings brethren,

 

I am Lexi, Lexi Orchestra.

 

As for this, this is not my first blog.

 

I keep numerous blogs/journals, both online and offline, for multiple purposes. (I like to see myself as a multi-faceted individual. Sarcasm much?) But since I've begun this one here, and this will probably last me a whole year at the…

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Added by Lexi Orchestra on March 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ticking Clockwork (Chapter 1)



  Prologue



  The air pirate stood on the edge of the deck, his ship propelled slowly

forward by four steam powered propellers, each weighing more than a ton. The

giant metal ship crawled forward, circling the massive crater that had been

mined from the earth. He pushed his white hair from his eyes and crossed… Continue

Added by Graham Russell on March 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Had other things on my mind

As you will see if you look at my profile, I live in Japan. We have had a number of distractions recently, and though I and my wife are actually pretty safe here (we haven't been hit by serious earthquakes or by any tsunami, and the nuclear crisis will almost certainly not affect us), life is not easy or certain at the moment.

However, the poor people further to the north of us are in a bad way, and will continue to be very…

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Added by Hugh Ashton on March 25, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Steampunkology: Steampunk as a Mode of Historical Representation

Rose, Margaret. (2009). Extraordinary Pasts: Steampunk as a Mode of Historical Representation. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 20(3), pp. 319-333.

 

Quick Summary:

 

Rose’s article defends steampunk…

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Added by Dru Pagliassotti on March 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Steampunkology

 

In thinking about what I might be able to contribute to SWAG, it occurred to me that one service I could provide that I don't think others have already would be to give citations to, and summaries of, the academic research currently being published about steampunk. 



I'm not, at the moment, conducting any form of steampunkology myself, but I have access to journals that…

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Added by Dru Pagliassotti on March 24, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Interview With Vintage Fashionista Brigitte Daguerre!

What trendy  girl (or metro boy!) doesn’t love vintage clothing—it looks stylish, never goes out of fashion, and can be handed down without your little sister crying: “Aw, are you joking—wear this old thing?!”

            Out of the hundreds of vintage clothing sites, stores, antique shops, etc … I’ve had the privilege of meeting (and even…

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Added by Nishi Serrano on March 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Roots of Steampunk Research Project

(Cross posted from Free the Princess)

If you've been following my writings here for awhile, you'll remember the Roots of Steampunk series that I put together in April of last year going through the development of…

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Added by Matthew Delman on February 26, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Interview: Kevin Mowrer on World-Building

Guild member Kevin Mowrer is a two times Emmy award-winning, Gemini award-winning, and Leo award-nominated Intellectual Property (I.P.) creator with over 25 years of broad experience in the kids and all-family entertainment and entertainment product business. His background in television, motion picture, online web stories, publishing, card gaming,… Continue

Added by Lia Keyes on February 19, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Western Steampunk Comes into its Own

     The March issue of True West Magazine has a strong Steampunk component. I am proud to say I contributed a 7-page article to this, reporting on the increasing interest not only in the Steampunk phenomenon…

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Added by Michelle Black on February 17, 2011 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Dr. Lyle's Class on Historical Forensics

I thought this might be of interest to those of you writing steampunk mysteries, who need to know what forensics were possible in the past. RWA's Mystery/Suspense Chapter has announced its COFFIN College of Felony and Intrigue MURDER ONE online Workshop for the month of March 2011.

The deadline also approaches for RWA's prestigious…

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Added by Lia Keyes on February 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Yet another attempt at figuring out what steampunk is, or was, or could be

Last spring I was very interested in trying to outline what "steampunk" means, at least for my own writing. What I came up with was a division between a literary genre with certain recognizable elements and a social phenomenon with certain cultural and physical touchstones.

Check it out at:…

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Added by Joseph Robert Lewis on February 7, 2011 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Automatic restaurant

This is a photo of an "automatic restaurant" in Stockholm in 1905. If anyone knows anything about this kind of restaurant I'd like to learn more. It seems they were quite popular one hundred years ago.

Added by Anna Chen on February 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

SWAG visits the Lolitas at Steamed!

SWAG founder Lia Keyes contributed a guest post on Steamed! this week to promote the Guild. Skip on over and say hi if you have a moment!

 

 

Added by Lia Keyes on February 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Hallwyl Museum

If you ever go to Stockholm, make sure to visit the Hallwyl Museum, a late 19th-century city mansion - now a museum.

If you can't come in person, there is an exhibition on-line called 40rok (40 rooms and one kitchen). In Swedish only, but you'll understand, as long as you stick to the pages with photos ... Right now it's focused on the kitchen and everything that was…

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Added by Anna Chen on January 31, 2011 at 8:01pm — No Comments

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