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Steampunk Basics: Why the Victorians Didn't Have Robots

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on May 31, 2011 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Steampunk Basics: A (Really) Quick Tour of Steam Power

A Stanley Steamer: the steam-powered car…
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Added by Stephanie Abbott on May 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 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

Steampunk Icons: Zeppelins

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on May 13, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Victorian Prostitutes: Part 1



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Added by Stephanie Abbott on May 9, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Doré's Victorian London

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on May 3, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Royal Wedding of Victoria and Albert



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

Real Victorian People: Florence Cook

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Added by Stephanie Abbott on April 25, 2011 at 4:30pm — 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

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

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

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 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

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