Fun & Unusual Facts About Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”

How many times did it snow in London on Christmas day during Charles Dickens’s lifetime? Why did Frank, the character played by Bill Murray in Scrooged, apparently think that Christmas Eve fell on November 23rd? Why are Viserys Targaryen and Norman Bates featured in an article about A Christmas Carol? Read on to learn the answers to these questions, and so much more . . .

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.

Steampunk is More Than its History

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, produced.  This term played on “cyberpunk,” which was a popular genre in the late 1980s.  Enthusiasts embraced the term “steampunk” for this type of speculative fiction and it was applied […]

May 1st, 1851 – Queen Victoria Opens the Great Exhibition!

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations or The Great Exhibition, sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held, was an international exhibition that took place in Hyde Park, London, from May 1st, 1851 to October 11th, 1851. It was […]

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