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Check out Beyond Victoriana, my blog about multicultural steampunk.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker (Diana M. Pho) is a fandom scholar, activist, blogger, and general rabble-rouser.  She has traveled the country as a professional convention speaker about social justice issues. Her academic published work can be found inSteampunk Magazine: Issues 1 – 7(Combustion Books, 2011), Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style (SUNY Press, 2012), and Steaming into a Victorian Future (Scarecrow Press, 2012). Ay-leen has been interviewed about steampunk and its evolving subculture for many media outlets, including BBC America, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and the Science Channel; the websites Airship Ambassador, Racialicious, and NerdCaliber; and the books The Steampunk Bible (Abrams Image, May 2011), Steampunk: Reloaded (Tachyon Publications, 2010), and The WisCon Chronicles Vol 5 (Aqueduct Press, 2010).

Ay-leen currently lives and works in New York City for Tor Books & blogs You can follow her academic work on

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Nicci T. left a comment for Ay-leen the Peacemaker
"My baby and I wish you a Happy Birthday. We didn't make Watch City this year, unfortunately."
May 14, 2015
Ay-leen the Peacemaker and Captain Moriba are now friends
Dec 16, 2014
Ay-leen the Peacemaker is attending Aloysius Fox's event

International Steampunk Symposium MMXV at Holiday Inn Eastgate

April 24, 2015 at 4pm to April 26, 2015 at 4pm
The International Steampunk Symposium returns for a glorious fourth year, and is moving to a larger location!2015 Guests of Honour include the bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger, the notorious steampunk maker Thomas Willeford, the beautiful steampunk model Sarah Hunter (aka Lady Clankington), the worldly Ay-leen the Peacemaker, author Leanna Renee Hieber, and the renowned steampunk artist Myke Amend.The 2015 Symposium Games will be bigger than ever, truly the steampunk olympics, with…See More
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"Thanks again for the birthday wishes ^^"
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"A pleasure to make your acquaintance! I think I've heard of your webseries from the aether, and I'm very interested in learning more! Please feel free to email me at attic.hermit (at) gmail (dot) com!"
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"Thanks again for the lovely birthday wishes, and it was great seeing you at watch City as well. Many felicitations on your birthday too ^^"
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At 4:03am on May 14, 2016, Nicci T. said…

Happy Birthday!

At 9:40am on May 14, 2015, Nicci T. said…

My baby and I wish you a Happy Birthday. We didn't make Watch City this year, unfortunately.

At 1:35pm on May 14, 2014, Nicci T. said…

Hello and Happy Birthday!

At 6:09am on May 14, 2013, Nicci T. said…

Happy Birthday once again, Birthday Buddy! It was good seeing you again at the Watch City Festival.

At 6:23pm on April 18, 2013, Vanaliel V. Fairbanks said…

I most certainly will be seeing you at Steamfest!  :)  I'm thrilled someone as far away as New York is traveling to attend.  I look forward to seeing you there!

At 10:07am on April 17, 2013, MakeupSiren said…

thank you for accepting my friend request. I seen your work as well and i adore it so. your Asian twist to steampunk is so refreshing.

At 10:37am on April 16, 2013, Lady Kendra Dawn Ryves said…

Greetings to you! Thank you for accepting my request. I very much enjoy your blog posts. :)

At 1:57pm on December 9, 2012, Lady Daylina Sixsmith said…
Hey, Ay-leen! TampaSteampunk here. You free to answer a couple questions for me today? I'm writing a blog post for my grad class on bloggers right to press passes and wanted to ask you about Beyond Victoriana. Feel free to respond here or email me at or @TampaSteampunk on twitter. Thanks!
At 2:20pm on May 16, 2012, Miguel Duarte said…

it was my pleasure...

At 4:14am on May 14, 2012, Nicci T. said…

Wow, you and I share the same birthday! Happy Birthday to you!

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Check out, my blog about multicultural steampunk.

My public blog is found here.

People know me by many names, all with macabre connotations:

To the Indochine gouverneurs, I am la terreur de tonkin, the "Terror of Tonkin."

To my targets, I am "Death with a Smile."

To the Five Great Families, I am "Wanted: Dead or Alive (but preferably very, very dead.)"

To everyone else, I am Ay-Leen the Peacemaker, Tonkinese assassin for hire. "The Peacemaker" aspect refers to the sense of eternal tranquility that I bring to my targets and the blissful satisfaction I give to my employers.

"The Peacemaker" also refers to my prize weapon, a Chinese-engineered steam- and amberic-powered hand cannon with which I blow people into the next life in a most satisfying manner.

For the last several years I had run a successful freelancing small business disposing of various unwanted fellows for a Large But Reasonable Fee. Life was good. I could afford shiny weapons with which I shot, gouged or pummeled through the heads, chests, or groins of various people (the latter task was the usual request of Disgruntled Ladies).

But suddenly, all of that has changed...

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QUAINT #26: He Yufeng from “The Gallant Maid” by “Yanbei Xianren” (a.k.a. Wen K’ang)

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 3:45pm 0 Comments

From the Chinese film version of "The Gallant Maid" titled "The Heroine"

He Yufeng was created by “Yanbei Xianren” and appeared in Ernü ying xiong zhuan (The Gallant Maid, 1851-1879). “Yanbei Xianren” was the pseudonym of Wen K’ang (1798- 1872), a local official in Anhui who came from a prominent Manchu family and was appointed imperial agent to Lhasa. The Gallant Maid is little-known outside of China but is popular…


Beyond Victoriana #83 Enichari Corps: Slaves in the Ottoman Military — Guest Blog by Harry Markov

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 12:06pm 0 Comments

When I agreed to write the series about Bulgaria under the Ottoman rule as a suitable stage for the steampunk genre, I underestimated the challenge these articles present. I want to deliver a portrayal of a complicated and cruel span of five centuries in Bulgarian history. At the same time I’m dealing with controversial and sensitive material, given that the Ottoman occupation has hindered Bulgaria’s access to Europe during the time of the Industrial Revolution.… Continue

Portland GEAR Con Rising Phoenix Giveaway

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 4:53am 0 Comments

Steampunks in the US Pacific Northwest, we got a…


Beyond Victoriana #82 The Birth of Miss Dorothy Winterman: A Personal Essay– Guest Blog by Luisa Ana Fuentes

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 4:50am 1 Comment

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Dorothy Winterman's "African Amazon" outfit

It is day 15 of our arduous journey through the veldts of Nigeria (or are we in Cameroon yet?). Our tracker Adeola has discovered new tracks and scraps of fibers from obviously foreign cloths. She can find a single iguana track amongst a bevy of crocodiles, this one can. We listen intently that these “men” are probably several hours, if not a day away. We find…

Raffle for Rising Phoenix: Donate to Win a Signed Copy of Scott Westerfeld's GOLIATH

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 9:02pm 0 Comments

This summer, I said that I'll be unveiling a couple of additional surprises for people who donate to the Rising Phoenix Fund. The first one came into the mail recently...

What is this you say?

A signed review copy of Scott Westerfeld's GOLIATH!

That's right. Be the coolest steampunk ever & read the thrilling… Continue

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