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.

October 30th, 1938 – Invaders from Mars!

On October 30th, 1938 there was an attempted invasion of the United States by Martian forces and one man was there to witness it . . . fortunately Mr. Orson Welles had a radio show with which to report the invasion to his fellow Americans!

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 […]

Symposium Session – Victorian Spacecraft

Victorian Spacecraft Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike The science and science fiction of space travel in the 19th Century. Jules Verne’s moon gun. H.G. Wells’ Cavorite sphere. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s space elevator. Erasmus Darwin’s rocket. Thomas Edison’s aether propeller. Tesla’s Venusian X-12. Where they got it right. Where they got it wrong. How you can incorporate in […]

Symposium Sessions – H. G. Wells and the War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells and the War of the Worlds Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike A retrospective of the man, his masterpiece and what has became of his vision since 1897, from Garrett Services’ hackneyed “Edison’s Conquest of Mars” through Orson Welles’ Halloween broadcast.   Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran […]

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