Category Archives: Steampunk

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Finally the big enchilada. The novel, the movie, the cultural force that everyone points to when trying to describe steampunk. Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I could write five reviews on this, but let’s start with the basics. … Continue reading

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In praise of the curmudgeon.

Last year while on the Great Steampunk Debate, I discovered that there are four main streams of steampunk; literary, maker,  political, and cosplay. I also discovered that among  those who love steampunk the most are those who have declared it … Continue reading

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Neckcloth, Tie, Ascot, Cravat; What’s in a name?

So I just stuck my foot in my mouth in a twitter conversation. And I realize that I know less about the tie than I thought I did.  And worse, I have committed the cardinal sin of responsible research. I … Continue reading

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Edward Ellis: The Huge Hunter, or The Steam Man of the Prairies

Well that’s about it. I’m done with Edisonades, and I think dimestore fiction in general.  This book is available for free on Project Gutenberg, or as a podcast. Here’s the steampunk factor: Technofantasy: 18 points There is very little technofantasy … Continue reading

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“Will steampunk last?” is not an interesting question.

If you distill the essential qualities of successful movements/ subcultures/ groups you will find that they tap into a unfulfilled need in their participants. “Will it last?” begs other, more interesting questions: What need does it fulfill? Why is this … Continue reading

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Garrett P. Serviss: Edison’s Conquest of Mars

I have been looking forward to this one. First it’s my first Edisonade, second it’s of the same genre as the penny dreadful, and finally it’s a unauthorized sequel to War of the Worlds (i.e. its FanFic). In fact I … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells: War of the Worlds.

So far, I’ve  been unimpressed with scientific r0mance.  Both Twain and Verne have disappointed. Twain because the wit seem more vitriol than illuminatory, and Verne’s Robur seemed a bit of a shell of a book. It describes people and events … Continue reading

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Jules Verne: Robur the Conqueror

Steampunk Factor: This proved rather harder than I expected. This is Verne right? The one all the Steamlets wanna be like, right? But I keep running the numbers and he’s running lower than Mark Twain. WTF? Well, I had said the … Continue reading

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

At first blush, my choice of Mark Twain as my first foray into a SteamPunk booklist might seem odd. Of all of the books he wrote, perhaps this and ‘Tom Sawyer Abroad’ might fit the category. Actually it shouldn’t seem … Continue reading

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Not that I’m Amish…

but I was a Mennonite for about 8 years as a young man. This is a  clarification from the last post. Where I suggested that Steamish was Steampunk-Amish. I am fascinated with Amish secondary characteristics, but I disagree with their … Continue reading

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