Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 4 – Execution

Up the close and doun the stair, But and ben wi’ Burke and Hare. Burke’s the butcher, Hare’s the thief, Knox the boy that buys the beef. —19th-century Edinburgh skipping rhyme Onyxfeld –Early winter This is the fourth and final in a series of essays on a most infamous yet necessary contributor to modern anatomical […]

Pop Haydn and the Magic of Steam

Last year February was proclaimed “International Steampunk Month” by fans.  It began with Seattle, Washington, Steampunk fan, Kevin Steil and his Facebook page, “Steampunk Hands Around the World.”  After checking in with Kevin last year he said it changed as the word got out.  So through the magic of the internet, people started calling it International Steampunk Month.  With February just around […]

Pirates and Wenches

  Renaissance Festivals are a great place to set the modern world to the side and escape to an otherwhen and see live performances from jousting, sword fighting, jugglers, fire eaters to concerts with music of another time.  The band Pirates and Wenches have been offering up their music at the Olde World Village, home of […]

What Does the Fox Say?

It has been suggested by a couple of people that I start a Steampunk “Agony Uncle” advice column. I’m not sure that you would really want my advice on life, the universe, and everything, but I am willing to give this a go, and thus began What Does the Fox Say? So if you have […]

The Etiquette of Not Being a Dick (Part One)

Laws of physics bind the universe together, but there is a law that binds together many different types of fandoms and is known universally as Wheaton’s Law . . . “don’t be a dick.” Actor Wil Wheaton, most famous for his portrayal as the overachieving goody shoes Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation, was […]

Disciples of the New Dawn . . . Satire, or Sincere?

On January 7th, 2015 two pictures were added to Facebook that went viral in the Steampunk Community, mostly through many ladies and chaps laughing at them, but click upon the original posting of the image and hundreds of comments spew forth disgust and animosity toward the group that posted them, while some, seemingly from provocative […]

Victorian Metallurgy

Everybody knows that gold-coloured metals, whether brass, or bronze or pure gold, are a staple of Victorian decoration and, therefore, steampunk aesthetics. But why? Is it simply an artistic choice, or is there a reason why we associate those metals with that particular era? Let’s take a look at what metals are in use today, […]

The Most Steampunk Doctor Who Episodes of All Time

Steampunk is most often or most easily defined as historical or alternate history science fiction. It therefore follows that time travel is the easiest or commonest genre in which historical science fiction is likely to occur. As the time travel show to end all time travel stories, one might think that Doctor Who is just […]

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