Entropy and the Arrow of Time

Three questions have plagued mankind for as long as we’ve had science fiction writers and theoretical physicists. They are: Is time travel possible? Why does entropy increase? And what the heck does 42 mean?

The Weight of Sacrifice: Countdown to the Doctor Who Season Finale

The net is dark and full of spoilers. This review discusses incidents which occur in the Doctor Who episodes “Face the Raven” and “Heaven Sent.” Steven Moffat is poised to cap an already excellent season with a terrific three-part finale, two of which have now aired. A lot happened in those two episodes, and a […]

From This City of Nightmares, What Dreams May Come?

In 1987 K.W. Jeter coined the term “steampunk” in a letter to Locus magazine. Jeter used the term to qualify the neo-Victorian writings that he, James Blaylock, and Tim Powers, were producing. This term was in part a play on the term “cyberpunk,” which was a popular genre in the late 1980s. Steampunk is a genre of speculation, whether it is set in an alternative version of Victorian England, in an alternative American West, in a future where steam power rather than electrical current runs the world, or in a fantasy setting where steam power is in mainstream use. It owes a debt of gratitude for its creation to such authors as Jules Verne, Mary Shelly, and H.G. Wells: Their works are speculative and include many of the aspects that readers now associate with modern steampunk novels. In terms of world building, though, the genre owes an even larger debt to Charles Dickens and his depiction of Victorian England.

Fair of Mad Science at TeslaCon VI

For the fifth year, the Promethean Society has presented the Fair of Mad Science at TeslaCon VI, where builders display all manner of working gadgets and non-working props. And for the fifth year, I continue to be amazed by the entries. People submit all manner of props: rocket packs, weapons, detectors, time machines, breathing apparatus, […]

November 2015 Crowdfunding Roundup

There are some great performances up on Kickstarter this month, and I am so happy to see more of these types of projects. I had such a great time at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest in 2014 when I had an opportunity to see lots of awesome Steampunk and Victorian content. It is one thing to […]

Wheelworks: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen – Chapter 5: Glacier

Wheelworks by KT Sebastian Part one: Ice Domes of the Bandit Queen Episode 5 – Glacier Cover art by Debra Weiss  

Interview with Steampunk Writer/Editor Brandon Black

Cairo By Gaslight is the second anthology of steampunk poetry and fiction brought to you by Louisiana-based writer Brandon Black. Ofeibea Loveless talked to Black about his steamy origins, setting expectations for multicultural steampunk stories and the importance of feedback. Loveless: Tell us about yourself. Black: I’m a SBM, age 47, Libra. I’m looking for an educated, […]

Doctor’s Who’s “Sleep No More” A Horror in All the Wrong Ways

“You must not watch this.” It’s the opening line of Doctor Who’s episode “Sleep No More,” and everyone should totally heed it: turn it off, delete it from your DVR, and find yourself a better story to watch. Or get a snack. Or go to bed. Just don’t put yourself through this nightmare of an […]

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