Short Story – “Agent of the Caliphate”

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present you a Sunday Steampunk Short Story. If you wish to submit your own prose for the reading pleasure of The Pandora Society please following the instructions at the end of this tale . . .  “Agent of the Caliphate” by Geoffrey Mandragora Authors note: This story takes place in the alternate […]

This Day in History – January 25th, 1858

White dresses and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” seem like they have been quintessential elements of traditional European and North American weddings for eons, but the popularity of the white dress is only 175 years old, and the “Wedding March” only 157 years. On February 10th, 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She selected […]

What Does the Fox Say?

It has been suggested by a couple of people that I start a Steampunk “Agony Uncle” advice column. I’m not sure that you would really want my advice on life, the universe, and everything, but I am willing to give this a go, and thus began What Does the Fox Say? So if you have […]

The Etiquette of Not Being a Dick (Part One)

Laws of physics bind the universe together, but there is a law that binds together many different types of fandoms and is known universally as Wheaton’s Law . . . “don’t be a dick.” Actor Wil Wheaton, most famous for his portrayal as the overachieving goody shoes Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, was […]

This Day in History – January 24th, 1848

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. All told, the news of gold brought some 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. Of the 300,000, approximately half arrived by sea, and half came overland […]

Symposium Session – Weapon Etiquette and Safety

Weapon Etiquette and Safety Presented by Robert Bunnell & Co. We all love our weapon props, but given the right lighting and conditions, even a Nerf gun can look like a dangerous weapon. As such, we will be reviewing basic weapon etiquette and safety, as well as how to respond if approached by a police officer. […]

Welcome to the Curiosities Exhibit!

An important message from Calamity Dawn regarding the popular Curiosities Exhibit at the International Steampunk Symposium . . .  It’s that time of year again; time to prepare to show us your best and most creative artifacts. Before revealing this year’s categories I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for your support and participation over […]

This Day in History – January 23rd, 1941

Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator, author, inventor, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, Lindbergh emerged suddenly from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of his Orteig Prize-winning solo nonstop flight on May 20–21, 1927, made from the Roosevelt Field in Garden City on New York’s Long Island to […]

Weekend Recommendations – January 22nd, 2015

It’s time for your weekly report of where we’re going to be this weekend, or where we wish we could be . . . Click on the banners to learn more and RSVP to the event’s Facebook page. Saturday, January 24th, 2015 10AM to 4PM – Wright State University Student Union Hall, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, […]

The Steel, Steam, & Art of Sculptor Anthony Jackson.

Anthony Jackson from Lake Odessa, Michigan, is an industrial welder and a steampunk sculptor.  He has been making himself known in the art world by entering the Grand Rapids ArtPrize since their first year.  For those who are unfamiliar with the Grand Rapids ArtPrize, they say they have the largest ArtPrize in the world with […]

This Day in History – January 22nd, 1901

One hundred and fourteen years ago today the Victorian Era came to an end with the death of Queen Victoria, and the Edwardian Era was born, even if it only lasted nine years. King Edward VII was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Edward was related to royalty throughout […]

Voodoo Carnival 2015 – SpaceFairy

Inspired by Billy Tackett’s “Voodoo Priestess” of our 2015 Voodoo Carnival poster, we have decided to add a bonus act to the show! Taking the main stage in the Sanctuary will be the delightful and dangerous SpaceFairy dancing with her snake! Who is SpaceFairy?  A performer, a friend, a star waiting to fly into the sparkle […]