The Steampunk Capital of the World?

Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and steampunk may find themselves asking—why does New Zealand have all the cool places to travel? First Peter Jackson chose New Zealand for the film locations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies: now there is an entire tourist industry dedicated to taking travelers to all the stunning film locations. If this is not enough, tourists can visit Flock Hill, Purakaunui Bay, and Auckland City to see where The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was filmed. Of course, fans of the X-Men can visit Otago and feel like they are walking through scenes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But for the true immersive experience, steampunk fans can visit Oamaru, a town dedicated to the steampunk aesthetic: a town whose residents claim they are living in the Steampunk Capital of the World.

Steampunk Cinema

I have read the opinion many times, in many different forums, that there are no “good” steampunk movies. I would certainly dispute this idea. There are many mainstream, high budget, Hollywood movies that include elements of the steampunk aesthetic that I found quite enjoyable. However, the word “good” is a subjective term. What I find to be “good” may be something that another person abhors. Simply bring up the Wild Wild West, Van Helsing, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and/or Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow among steampunk fans and expect a lively debate.

Steampunk for Kids – The Jupiter Chronicles

This week I have the opportunity to review The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez, a steampunk adventure novel for young readers. The novel includes a variety of steam-powered inventions, aliens, children whose curiosity gets the better of them, “somewhat” lost civilizations, mysterious forces, space battles, and, yes, even […]

Steampunk: The West That Wasn’t

Western steampunk novels, television shows, and films juxtapose fantastic advanced technologies with those historically found in the frontier West: Whirling gears, gleaming steam-powered gadgets, and shiny airships combine with railroad tracks, telegraph lines, and horse-drawn wooden wagons. But this juxtaposition is far more than a clever collusion of genres and tropes. By including technology from […]

The Mathematical Satire Hidden in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Over the last 150 years, many readers and literary critics have pondered sources of inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. There have been many diverse theories about the characters, the plot, and world created by Lewis Carroll. Few, though, would have guessed that underneath the madness of Wonderland lies […]

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