May 29th, 1935 & 1940 – First Flights of Enemies

The Messerschmitt Bf 109, sometimes incorrectly called the Me 109 (most often by Allied pilots and aircrew), is a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid-1930s. Its first flight was on May 29th, 1935. The “Bf 109” Designation was issued by the German ministry of […]

What’s Wrong with the League Movie?

It was recently announced that 20th Century Fox plans a reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, news that has been welcomed by many fans and Steampunks alike, but what was so bad about the 2003 movie version? Based on the graphic novels by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil et al., the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was […]

Sci-Fi Writer Nisi Shawl Talks Steampunk

Ofeibea Loveless talks to science fiction short story powerhouse Nisi Shawl, winner of the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, about steampunk, writing, and why representation is important. Ofeibea: I loved your story in the Steampunk World anthology. Was that your first steampunk piece? If so, why did you want to dip your toe in this […]

May 28th, 1830 – Jackson’s Indian Removal Act

In the early 1800s, the United States government began a systematic effort to remove Native American tribes from the southeast. The Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee-Creek, Seminole, and original Cherokee Nations — referred to as the “Five Civilized Tribes” by Anglo-European settlers in reference to the tribes’ adoption of aspects of colonial culture — had been established as […]

Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Princess” – Book Review

Even though all three of Casandra Clare’s Infernal Devices books came out between 2009-2013, I didn’t get around to reading the third one until recently. This is not to say that I wasn’t excited to find out the conclusion, but I didn’t get a chance to pick it up before I left the English-speaking world for […]

Pandora Cinematheque – Two Short Films For Your Lunchtime

Good day! This week we’re bringing you not one, but two delightful, two-dimensional little films – The Deep and Nimbus Machina. Let’s delve in.   Akin to the style of shadow-puppetry, Nimbus Machina is the exploration of a flat-world where an energetic inventor, travelling in a wondrous yet precariously propelled steam-machine attempts to both escape, and is the victim to a storm […]

May 27th, 1860 – The Father of a Unified Italy

Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and politician who played a large role in the history of Italy. He is considered, with Camillo Cavour, Victor Emmanuel II and Giuseppe Mazzini, as one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland”. Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento, since he personally commanded and fought in many military […]

“The City of Ember” – Film Review

Like The Golden Compass, City of Ember skirts the edge of “true” Steampunk, but I have seen it on several Steampunk movie countdowns so I thought I’d check it out and snoop for Steampunkishness. Even though it is probably most accurately called “post-apocolyptic fiction”, there is a definite visual style that will appeal to Steampunk fans. […]

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