“Whitechapel Gods” – Book Review

This is a dark tale of humankind caught in the middle of a millennia-old struggle between beings of great power who use their influence to wage a battle of head versus heart, logic versus love. The world is a very different place, and people are turning into machines either by choice (the “crows”) or by […]

Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup – August 2015

There are always many great Steampunk projects looking for public support from the Steampunk Community and beyond . . . so many that it’s hard to keep track of them all, which is why we have our monthly Crowdfunding Roundup to help you pick which projects you would like to see become a reality. The […]

Three Must-Read Time-Travel Novels

Time Travel fiction is one of the oldest and most celebrated genres of science fiction. Even more intriguing and impossible than space travel, time travel appeals to us on a very personal level. What if you could undo your past mistakes? What if you could foretell the future? What if you could rewrite history? Finding […]

The Goblin Emperor–A Rave Review

It’s July–which for many members of the science fiction community means it’s Hugo Awards Politics Time. But it’s worth putting up with the politics because of the trade-off: an inbox full of the best science fiction and fantasy from the previous year. And so I finally got to read The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. […]

The Mathematical Satire Hidden in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Over the last 150 years, many readers and literary critics have pondered sources of inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. There have been many diverse theories about the characters, the plot, and world created by Lewis Carroll. Few, though, would have guessed that underneath the madness of Wonderland lies […]

July 4th, 1862 & 1865 – Alice Falls Down the Rabbit Hole

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is the much loved novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the tale of Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with […]

Avengers, X-Men, and the Kinky Sixties!

In the 2011 film X-Men: First Class the enemy of the newly formed X-Men was an organization known as The Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon). This storyline first appeared in January 1980 with issue #129 of the Uncanny X-Men series, and was created by the writer/artist duo of Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The […]

June 16th, 1816 – Horror Stories from Byron

On the night of June 16th, 1816, Lord Byron read Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati: Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori. The reading inspired his challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and […]

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