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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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Toward a personal Steampunk aesthetic.

I have always lived somewhere/somewhen else in my head. As a child, I was with Arthur at Camlann, Harold at Hastings, or John Carter at Zodanga. As  I got older it was historical reenactment, or in fantany worlds built into … Continue reading

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A Steampunk’s Essential Booklist

One of the results of the Great Steampunk Debate was that I realized that I had very little knowledge of literary steampunk. I’ve followed literary steampunks, read reviews, and listened to podcasts,  but don’t have a real good feeling of … Continue reading

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Steampunk and Goth bands

Why is it that many commited steampunks are disclaiming the title loudly ? I think we are seeing beginning of the mainstreaming backlash. On the other hand every Goth band goes to great length to disclaim the title, so perhaps it’s a … Continue reading

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