Norman Hugh Redington's Blog (13)

Retrofuturist Artist Jim Harter Has Died

The artist Jim Harter, an important influence on the proto-Steampunk aesthetic in the 1980s, died last week. You can read a little about him in my latest blog entry, and see examples of his work in Richard Autry's video below.

Added by Norman Hugh Redington on October 12, 2015 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Happy New Year from 1840!

Slough, January 12, 1840

To Sir William Rowan Hamilton

The Observatory

Dublin

My dear Sir William:

As I cannot send you anything worth your notice in one of your lines by the Penny Post, I will handsel it with a little thing in another which may serve…

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on January 4, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Steampunk and Its Props

Is this video Steampunk? It has punks, though it lacks steam (and the ending is maybe a bit saccharine). It has famous and much-banned music: the anthem of German revolutionaries from the Sixteenth Century peasant revolts until the anti-Nazi resistance. Is Steampunk about dressing up like Jules Verne characters, or about seeing the continuity between…

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on November 10, 2014 at 9:55pm — No Comments

On the Moon with J. Nasmyth

I have just added a post to my blog at Net Advance Retro which might be of interest to some of you. It concerns the work of the Victorian artist/engineer J. Nasmyth, who used plaster models to make astonishingly life-like photographs of landscapes on the…

Added by Norman Hugh Redington on October 20, 2014 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Anyone care to draw this 1845 tank?

At the end of an anonymous 1845 poem praising the Wonders of Progress, we find this curious end-note describing a steam-powered battle-car. Perhaps a SWAG member might care to illustrate it (or include it in a story):

"Steam wagons to run on common roads have been invented in England. They are made to ascend rising ground and go down declivities at a suitable regulated… Continue

Added by Norman Hugh Redington on August 25, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Some might find interesting the ongoing serialisation of Charles Babbage's quite peculiar autobiography at Net Advance Retro. In this month's chapter, Babbage, as a child, tries to call up the devil.

Some might find interesting the ongoing serialisation of Charles Babbage's quite peculiar autobiography at Net Advance Retro. In this month's chapter, Babbage, as a child, tries to call up the devil.

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on June 1, 2014 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Recent Steampunk-Relevant Additions to Net Advance Retro

  • VIDEO OF THE MONTH (2013 November):

    Emily Brontë's "November 1837" (as sung by Janet Jones on her 1976 album A Fresh Wind Waves.)

    This poem is a surviving fragment of the "Gondal Game", a role-play project on which Emily and Anne collaborated for decades.…
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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on November 25, 2013 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Airship Primer in Verse



May I draw your attention, if I might be so bold, to Dr. Melanie Karsak's SteamU blog, and to my own recent contribution to it -- a history of airships in verse form ? The long poem…

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on September 24, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Cenochronic History



For the last month, I have been writing on my blog at MIT about a new approach to history that I call "cenochronic". The last post in the series deals with Steampunk as a specific example. I have collected all of the posts in the series at one…

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on May 27, 2013 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Hertha Ayrton: the Feminist Tesla

Although the 19th and early 20th Centuries produced an extraordinary number of eccentric genii, Steampunk attention seems focused on only a few (Tesla, Babbage, &c.) As the editor of a site devoted to 19th Century physics, I occasionally come across historical figures who, I think, would greatly enliven the mix. One of these is…

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on May 21, 2013 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment

Net Advance Retro Highlights: 2013 January

Items of Steampunk interest recently added to Net Advance Retro include:

>Pages about the African-American mathematician Benjamin Banneker and the French airship-designer Gaston Tissandier

>An account of…

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Added by Norman Hugh Redington on February 5, 2013 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Interesting Historical Incident

Alejandro Jenkins has written an interesting

article about an 18th Century perpetual-motion

inventor who was taken seriously by the

scientific establishment of his day. There might

be a story in this:


The Mechanical Career of Councillor Orffyreus, Confidence Man

 

Norman Hugh Redington

 

 

Added by Norman Hugh Redington on January 15, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Net Advance Retro Highlights, First Half of December

Items of Steampunk interest recently added to Net Advance Retro include:

> 3 new blog posts

>Links to 4 old books of "philosophical amusements"

>Links to most of the writings of C19 astronomer, exobiologist, and sf novelist  Camille Flammarion

>Links to the books of eccentric mathematician Augustus De Morgan

 

 

Added by Norman Hugh Redington on December 18, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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