Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup: January 2016 Edition

There are several books looking for backing this month. I find this to be the category of Steampunk projects I see on Kickstarter the most often, and it is really cool to see so many people going out there and making their dreams of being an author become reality. So if you are looking for […]

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists

I really wanted to love this book. Like, really really really wanted to love it. Not just because reviewers were hailing Liesel Schwarz’s first installment of The Chronicles of Light and Shadow as “a superb debut novel” when it was released in 2013, but also because I picked it up at Weekend at the Asylum […]

Review of The Best of Spanish Steampunk

I received this anthology as a gift and opened it with a great deal of anticipation. Short, speculative fiction has been my favorite genre for many years and reading an entire anthology of steampunk stories would be a treat on a cold winter day. But as I read, I found myself to be puzzled: there were ghost stories, gaslight romances, alternate histories, and references to Victorian authors and their creations, but very few elements that reflect the steampunk aesthetic.

One Ring to Rule Them All

Tolkien’s one ring has been striking fear into the hearts of Hobbits and Geeks everywhere for sixty years. But what are the origins of the ring? Is it an invention of Tolkien’s imagination? Or did he borrow it, as he borrowed so much else, from classic myth? Meanwhile, this meme has been making the rounds, […]

Book Review: The Difference Engine (1990)

All the best alternate history books I have ever read can be distilled to a simple question: what if? In this foundational Steampunk title, authors William Gibson and Bruce Sterling ask, “what if the computer age came about in the 1800’s?” The answer is that the political structures all over the world are deeply effected by […]

Fun & Unusual Facts About Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”

How many times did it snow in London on Christmas day during Charles Dickens’s lifetime? Why did Frank, the character played by Bill Murray in Scrooged, apparently think that Christmas Eve fell on November 23rd? Why are Viserys Targaryen and Norman Bates featured in an article about A Christmas Carol? Read on to learn the answers to these questions, and so much more . . .

Balogun Ojetade Edits Rococoa Anthology

Ofeibea Loveless talks to Balogun Ojetade – author, master instructor of indigenous African martial arts, screenwriter, film director, tabletop role-playing game designer, traditional African priest – about  his new anthology, Rococoa.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass

When it was announced that Jim Butcher was writing a steampunk novel, most people’s reactions were one of “shut up and take my money.” Now that it’s come out and a few people have had time to dig through the four hundred page novel, how does it live up to the anticipation?

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