Talk Nerdy to Me Cincinnati!

Starting in August, another dimension is being planned for the Cincinnati Geek Club, an opportunity for nerdy singles in the Greater Cincinnati area to meet other geeky singles and “talk nerdy” to each other.

Missy: The Evolution of a Time Lord

The discussion of gender-bending Time Lords has been around since at least the 1980s. A few years ago, the possibility became fact in the episode “The Doctor’s Wife,” when the Doctor offhandedly mentions a Time Lord known as the Corsair who had been both a man and a woman. A sizable number of fans have […]

July 27th, 1890 – Van Gogh Shoots Himself

On July 27th, 1890, aged 37, Vincent Van Gogh is believed to have shot himself in the chest with a revolver (although no gun was ever found). There were no witnesses and the location where he shot himself is unclear.

Sunday Summary – July 26th, 2015

So what did you miss this week? This week we began our regular Doctor Who report, visited the worlds of Cyberspace for an interview with film director Guy Roger-Duvert, an exploration of Virtual Reality, and even a Cyberpunk short story. We also had details about the recent Midsummer Masquerade and the upcoming Time Travelers’ Ball.

Short Story – “The November Uprising”

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present you a Sunday Steampunk Cyberpunk 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 . . .  The November Uprising by Josh Moberly “On average 300,000 pedestrians enter Times Square every day. […]

July 26th, 1887 – A Global Language

Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary language. It is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto (“Esperanto” translates as “one who hopes”), the pseudonym under which physician and linguist L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, on July 26th, 1887. Zamenhof’s goal was to […]

Sail by Light

It’s a great time to be a space enthusiast. NASA is up to all kinds of cool stuff, the European Space Agency is starting to put their mark on space, and private organizations are springing up all over the place. In addition to commercial space companies like SpaceX, there are non-profit organizations devoted to exploring […]

July 25th, 1837 – The First Commercial Telegraph

The first commercial electrical telegraph, the Cooke and Wheatstone telegraph, was co-developed by William Fothergill Cooke and Charles Wheatstone. In May 1837 they patented a telegraph system which used a number of needles on a board that could be moved to point to letters of the alphabet. The patent recommended a five-needle system, but any […]

If Lando Calrissian had a Music Career.

British singer Billy Ocean had several hit songs in the 1970s and 80s, perhaps his most well known being “Caribbean Queen,” but in February 1985 he took a trip to a “galaxy far, far away” with the music video to “Loverboy.” The song itself has nothing quintessentially science fiction about it with typical “boy meets girl” […]

Steampunk is More Than its History

In 1987 K.W. Jeter coined the term “steampunk” in a letter to Locus magazine.  Jeter used the term to qualify the neo-Victorian writings that he, James Blaylock, and Tim Powers, produced.  This term played on “cyberpunk,” which was a popular genre in the late 1980s.  Enthusiasts embraced the term “steampunk” for this type of speculative fiction and it was applied […]

July 24th, 1901 – Author O. Henry Released from Jail!

American author O. Henry was released from prison in Columbus, Ohio on July 24th, 1901 after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

The Time Travelers’ Ball is Back!

“Tonight we’re going to party like it’s . . . 2015!” Back in September 2011, The Time Traveler’s Ball was the first major Steampunk event to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, and this year will see its fifth jaunt through time and space! This year we have a new venue . . . Cincinnati’s popular concert space, […]