Symposium 2017 Session – Guns! Guns! Guns!

Guns! Guns! Guns! Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike An introduction for writers and prop maker for how firearms actually work.

Symposium Session – Century of the Beard

Century of the Beard Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike The magnificence that was the 19th Century’s beard movement.

Symposium Session – What is the Aether?

What is the Aether? Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike How we know the luminiferous aether doesn’t exist but can ignore that anyway.

Symposium Session – History and Technology of Airships

History and Technology of Airships Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike How airships work, from the Montgolfier Brothers to Ferdinand von Zeppelin.

Symposium Session – The Hollow Earth

The Hollow Earth Presented by Zebulon Vitruvius Pike We all know that we live on the Earth’s rocky surface with the interior a molten inferno. Or do we? What would you say if I told you the Earth was a series of hollow concentric spheres? Or that we were living on the inside of a hollow […]

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 […]

Beard & Moustache Contest – Zebulon Vitruvius Pike

Ladies and Gentlemen . . . we present to you our latest contestant for the Firehouse Moustache Wax Beard & Moustache Contest . . . Zebulon Vitruvius Pike of Turtle Creek, PA. It was at the first Steampunk World’s Fair in 2010, my first convention dedicated specifically to steampunk. There, I noticed a plethora of fine beards. My […]

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