Category Archives: Steampunk

Reform Luddism

Reform Luddism in action. Photo by Vladimir Kudinov courtesy of Unsplash.

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What does {this} Steampunk look like?

I have tried to define steampunk. It doesn’t work. I have tried to engage with people in other expressions of steampunk, such as cosplayers and literary types. Not to successful there either. They’re fine people, but their trajectory is different. … Continue reading

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Change of Focus

A New Year and the end of a long standing project have freed me to change the focus of the blog. Or more correctly, refine it. Since it’s inception the ::ÆT:: was meant to be somewhat steampunk and somewhat diary. For … Continue reading

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Westerfield- Leviathan

Welcome to my last Steampunk book review. In some ways I think I saved the best for last, but I am very happy to see this project finally get put to bed. Leviathan is a YA novel set in the … Continue reading

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Cherie Priest: Boneshaker

One of the three lauded torchbearers of the current steampunk milieu, I follow Cherie Priest on Twitter, and have eagerly listened to a podcasts where she talks about her approach to writing and her history. And yet I approached Boneshaker with … Continue reading

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Gail Carriager: Soulless

I have confession to make. I read this one a while ago. Even worse, it was out of order. After finishing my course of Steampunk’s  foundational scientific romance, I was burned out. I loved Wells and I came to respect, … Continue reading

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Winter’s Tale

Winter’s Tale was interesting to me. When I encountered it I read some reviews and felt it was definitely one for my list. I added it as the last of my ‘foundational’ or pre-2007 works.  When I showed my list to … Continue reading

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Adventures of Langdon St. Ives

Technofantasy: 35 Improbable science, that is internally consistent. Time travel, phrenology, homunculi, alchemy, good stuff. Neo-Victorianism: 28 This was the first steampunk novel I’ve read that didn’t pull me out of the 19th century. (Or in some cases, the 19-teens.) … Continue reading

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the 32 Cravats according to Mr. Hollingshead

John Hollingshead was an actor  and writer, who wrote this piece some time before 1883.  It is a comic piece that largly paraphrases LeBlanc, written inthe style of an Octegenarian dandy, decrying the slovenliness of the young. The major difference … Continue reading

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Morlock Night

The first neo-victorian novel by the man who coined the phrase ‘steampunk’, I had high hopes for Morlock Night. Having read Time Machine the summer before last, this book presented a three-fold opportunity. It allowed me to see how Arthuriana … Continue reading

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