Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup December 2015

Make someone’s holiday wishes come true, become a backer! Plus, contributing in someone else’s name can be a great and unique gift for a Steampunk fan in your life.

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?

Steampunk Stress Relief: Adult Coloring Books & Events

Coloring is an activity that many people would associate with childhood, but recently the activity has found a different demographic. Adult coloring books are topping bestsellers’ list worldwide, but it is not simply due to the enjoyment of the activity. Medical researchers have studied the therapeutic properties that the simple act of coloring in a drawing can provide; these health benefits include a decrease in stress and anxiety. And there are a wide variety of books available, including those dedicated to steampunk.

From Hell – Movie Review

Jack the Ripper, the nickname given to a serial killer immortalized in the London newspapers of 1888, was a gruesome departure from our prim and proper view of the Victorian era. Because of the distinctive way the killer(s) dispensed his victims, the string of murders committed in the East End neighborhoods like White Chapel and Aldgate […]

24 Hours Left to Support “Absinthe Heroes”

Tomorrow (December 15th, 2015) at 2PM is the deadline for your chance to support the Kickstarter that is Absinthe Heroes – The Steampunk Rock Opera!

Wasted Potential: Doctor Who’s “Hell Bent”

The net is dark and full of spoilers!  This article discusses the Doctor Who episode “Hell Bent,” as well as other events in season 9. “Hell Bent” had loads of promise.  It immediately picks up after “Heaven Sent,” destined to be a NuWho classic, and the trailer for “Hell Bent” was absolutely fantastic in setting […]

The Steam Garden & the Haunted Tower: Japanese Steampunk Destination Travel

As 2015 winds to a close, we can look forward to all of the new travel and event opportunities available for 2016. Although there are many places and festivals anyone interested in steampunk can visit in North America, international interest in this style of speculative fiction/art is growing as well. One country that has developed a large steampunk fan base is Japan: Enthusiasts have embraced “wa-yo-setyuu”–the style of fusing East and West—and have created an aesthetic that uniquely reflects Japanese culture/history and yet is easily recognized as steampunk.

Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1) – Book Review

Published in 2011 by co-authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, Phoenix Rising is the first of a series that now numbers five novels and several volumes of short stories about the mysterious Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. The fifth and sixth installments of the series were just funded through a Kickstarter campaign, and I look forward […]

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