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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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Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc.

Started by The Wish Monger. Last reply by The Wish Monger 10 hours ago. 4 Replies

Greetings fellow writers and Steampunk enthusiasts (and all the other genres in between)!I and my friend are looking for people who may interested in being a part of our company, whether it is as a…Continue

Tags: editing, creative, create, stories, writers

Critique Groups?

Started by Hurricane Tyler. Last reply by Maxwell Grantly Apr 23. 5 Replies

Does anyone know of (or belong to) any good online critique groups? The group doesn't have to be just steampunk, in fact, it would preferable to have a variety of genres.Continue

A strange writing challenge for strange people.

Started by Captain Edmund.T.Linnett. Last reply by Captain Edmund.T.Linnett Apr 20. 4 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

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

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Comment by Leslie Orton on April 19, 2015 at 12:22pm

            Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #25:

Suffragette Society Drops Drawers in Protest of Restrictive Undergarments!

Steampunk Gremlins Plague Machines of London!

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Comment by Maxwell Grantly on April 19, 2015 at 12:04pm

Thank you very much to Jack for his work in putting the interview together. I do appreciate it greatly.

Comment by Jack Tyler on April 19, 2015 at 10:25am

   Here's part of that overextension:  I've posted a new interview with Maxwell Grantly, a producer of children's graphic stories.  It can be read at, and after you read it, contact me on my profile page if you are interested in participating in one.

Comment by Jack Tyler on April 17, 2015 at 8:08am

   Greetings, all. I am already overextended on a number of sites around the web and don't know how much I will be able to contribute on a daily basis, but I have dropped in here to make a project known to indie writers looking for a place to market, and readers looking for a collection of decent steampunk. The project is Empire Booksellers, a virtual bookstore that is stocked by authors of the Steampunk Empire, and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. Take a look. If you're a writer with a book to promote, contact instructions are in the last paragraph. If you're a reader looking for a new experience between the covers, you may just find your next adventure there.

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 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! 


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