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The Aether Guild of Writers

A place for writers of the steampunk, gaslight and neo-victorian genres to discuss and share ideas, techniques and writings.

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What is the future of steampunk?

Started by Philip Allan Brian Drew. Last reply by Philip Allan Brian Drew Feb 25. 7 Replies

I think that we all know what is meant by steampunk. I am not going to argue nomenclature here.   I am concerned by the fact that there seem to be fewer people on some of the forums than there used…Continue

A strange writing challenge for strange people.

Started by Captain Edmund.T.Linnett. Last reply by Philip Allan Brian Drew Jan 28. 3 Replies

Good day to you all my fellow wonderfully weird weavers of words. I post forth this message upon this cheerful day to invite any and all who wish to partake of -, shall we say 'delicious' writing…Continue

Tags: lemmings, resteraunt, sausages, marzipan, challenge


Started by Bryce Raffle. Last reply by The Contessa of Vintage Jan 25. 5 Replies

Don't you just love it when books begin each chapter with a quote from a famous book or author?  I do, and have been collecting quotations for use in my own novel.  I've managed to round up a few…Continue

A Writer's Charter.

Started by Philip Allan Brian Drew Jan 19. 0 Replies

Being a discussion on whether writers of books which appear on electronic platforms should sign up to a charter; and what that charter should be. With this year being the eight hundredth anniversary…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Orton on March 3, 2015 at 5:39pm

               Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #24:

Philip Reeve Asks "What is Steampunk Anyway!!??"

Professor Einhardt Returns From MARS!!!

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Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on February 14, 2015 at 7:34pm

Thanks everybody-- your words/suggestions are much appreciated.

Comment by jenny jobe on February 14, 2015 at 6:59pm

I guess the non-rigid craft to semi-rigid, air ships, dirigibles, aerostats, have similar configurations using some form of propulsion, however. If such craft are heavier then air aerial aircraft, then the propulsion system would garner a more powerful mode of thrust.

Such lifting bodies would need a form of stabilizer: ailerons, and an aerodynamic term known as dihedral (or an upward motion affixed to the main fuselage) where air current travels faster under the plane surface to provide lift.

Terms could apply describing both non-rigid, lighter craft: gracefully lifting on a current of air, slow and deliberate passage through the aether... outriggers, or props align the crafts (engine car) propelling it to its appointed destination. A swift chop of the propeller, vortex and even the odd cavitation in the clouds. Generally this term is an underwater affect but could produce a unique comparison whilst in the clouds.

Combustible propellants lead to more aggressive attacks in the sky, or whatever media you wish to travel: ignition blast, fuel trail, vapor trail, leaving a fiery trail behind. (The rocket's red flair... )

Comment by Ichabod Temperance CP on February 14, 2015 at 5:15pm

wake, wash draft, turbulence, flue

Comment by Steve Moore on February 14, 2015 at 3:36pm

A blast of smoke,  expulsion of fumes, exhalation of fire, ejection of flame,

My pleasure to help Contessa. Tell you what why not call by Scribblers  Den  also in the Empire there are much more talented writers there than little old me! Oh yes Author of Royal America. They are also mainly your time zone and it is getting late in London ! 

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on February 14, 2015 at 2:57pm

Thanks Mr. Moore- definitely don't need just one word but perhaps a phrase or two. Not sure. I can picture the bumpf! but just don't have the vocabulary for it. Thanks for the suggestions! 

Comment by Steve Moore on February 14, 2015 at 2:39pm

In a word is hard. jetsam perhaps.

In a phrase perhaps: Exhaust gasses ejected in the back wash of the propellers

jettisoned fuel discharging and igniting forming a jet-stream of fire. 

Hope this helps! Steve

Comment by The Contessa of Vintage on February 14, 2015 at 12:09pm

Need help with some phrasing... in mentioning a dirigible in the air floating about in the London sky, I don't know what the word is to describe the blast of something that would come out of the back of it. Backfiring? A puff of what? Does anyone know what that's called? 

Comment by Leslie Orton on January 23, 2015 at 5:07pm

              Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #22:

Burlesque Features European "Pony-Play!"

Scientific Community Refutes Professor’s Claim of Martian Life!

This Week in The Weekly Steamswaddle: An Unfortunate Invention


Comment by Steve Moore on January 1, 2015 at 8:36am

As I got a one star review I have reduced the price of my masterpiece ROYAL AMERICA to three dollars on Amazon Kindle. If you like it I desperate for a decent review! Best Steve


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