I have to say: one of the best things to come out of Larry and Fábio's international presentation of Vaporpunk has to be the wealth of really cool Steampunk sites from around the world that I've been casually discovering - such as this one.


Here's a good set of links: http://ning.it/gywi2i

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Comment by Fabio Fernandes on December 15, 2010 at 3:28am

And I have to thank you (and to Lia, thru her comment in Tor.com) the discovery of S.W.A.G.)!

Comment by Lia Keyes on December 16, 2010 at 12:10pm

I agree! Finding out how Steampunk is spreading and being so enthusiastically embraced in other countries than one's own is very exciting and adds even more momentum to it as a literary and cultural movement as well as a genre. What I find fascinating is that there are subtle differences in each country. The French have a very sophisticated take on Steampunk. The Americans are brash and devil-may-care. What do you think the Brazilian/Portuguese fascination with and interpretation of Steampunk is?

Comment by Lia Keyes on December 16, 2010 at 12:13pm

Luis, I'm loving these links... and Fabio, I'm so glad you came to explore the Guild. We're only a few weeks old but hope to become a leading light by bringing Steampunk creatives from all over the world together under one roof. A little ambitious, yes, but why not shoot for the stars?

Comment by Kevin Steil on December 16, 2010 at 10:09pm

Hi Luis, I was reading this post with interest because I completely agree that there are some great steampunk sites and communities developing all around the world.


Clinking on the link above, I was all set to start browsing new sites.

And then I realized the link was to me! I'm flattered and honored, and glad that I could provide a glimpse into what is out there for all of us to explore.


I'm doing more searching and there should be another listing coming up soon.


thanks again!

Comment by Luis Filipe Silva on December 18, 2010 at 3:14am

Thanks so much, Kevin. I'll be waiting eagerly for another set of juicy links :)

(if I find some interesting ones, I'll send them your way)

Comment by Luis Filipe Silva on December 18, 2010 at 5:57am

Lia, your question is very pertinent, and also made me realize that probably I'm not able to answer it in full yet. In part because steampunk appeared in our markets by external influence and not through an inner need (as did science fiction, as did most modern literary movements). In part because Brazil is ahead of Portugal in terms of adopting and adapting it. I think I can safely say that Vaporpunk (a mainly Brazilian initiative, from the combined efforts of the co-editor Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro and the publisher/book designer Erick Santos) was the first important venue for Portuguese authors to try their hand at steampunk. So I'd like to answer your question, but so far my observations come from this one-shot event.

Having said that, I believe however that most stories in the anthology - having asked writers to focus on the history of both our countries instead of the tradicional British Victorian settings - revealed common approaches or solutions to the literary challenge. Recapturing a bit of the "Empire's former glory" was a driving force behind the Portuguese stories. Dealing with issues of race and turning points in history was one concern on the Brazilian side.

I'm certainly interested in continuing the effort of this anthology and promote the development of a local steampunk flavour, to see if this trend would go on or if it takes other unexpected turns - and have fun reading the stories :)


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