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 […]

Movie Review: Tomorrowland (2015)

It is both a blessing and a curse to have come of age during a high point in Disney’s film-making history. They were coming out with hit after animated hit: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Lion King (1994), and both Pocahontas and Toy Story in 1995. Yes, I got […]

Pandora Cinematheque: Tea Time

This delightful short film was made with the help of a Kickstarter campaign in 2014. It is set in the late 1800’s, in a world that holds inventors in the highest regards. At least, as long as they fit the proper mold, which is not the case for Elizabeth. Her inventions have been rejected time […]

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 […]

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.

Riftworld Chronicles Web-series – Review

I totally loved this fresh take on fantasy, and I think you will, too! Riftworld Chronicles is a witty, urban fantasy that centers on a traveler from another world named Alar (Tahmoh Penikett from Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica) and the sarcastic, wannabe-journalist named Kim he mistakes for a fellow mage after she captures his “essence” and posts […]

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 […]

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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