"Nope, steampunk does not require steam (or punk for that matter but that's another discussion). Steampunk is "Gonzo-historical" Victorian Fantasy. Interpret as you will.
Not that Bicentennial Man is anything but science fiction.
"I've read both Montague Summers book (which I own) and Varney (which I don't). I forced myself through Varney after getting a library copy some time back in the late 80s. It's not something I'd reread but it was an interesting…"
"Finished reading two off the steampunk lists recently.
The first was Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost. Very much the Space Opera feel with a steampunk makeover with lots of off the cuff pop-culture references. There's also a nod to the…"
"Worldshaker, and the sequel Liberator, are both written by Australian author Richard Harland. Young Adult steampunk fiction and I would recommend both.
Fair disclaimer, Richard is also a friend of mine but you should still read his books :-) "
"The Conan Doyle Estate has commissioned a pastiche . Anthony Horowitz wrote the Estate authorized ' House of Silk ' . It was assumed to be a shot across the bows of those who were attempting to copyright the characters . In my view the…"
"I'll freely admit that not only am I not an attorney, I never played one on TV either. For that matter, UK copyright law is not my forte. However the courts have set up guidelines and cutoff dates for establishing public domain and…"
"As Klinger mentioned, there are still 10 stories under copyright, which he's not disputing. What he's clarifying is the Public Domain of the characters themselves. That would mean if I write a new story with Holmes and Watson, I…"
"It seems that I have mixed up the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate with the group struggling to save ' Undershaw ' . They are the Undershaw Preservation Trust ( www.saveundershaw.com/ ) and would appreciate your support . I still think there is…"
"" the Conan Doyle Estate contacted our publisher and IMPLIED ( my emphasis ) that if the Estate wasn't paid a license fee they'd convince the major distributors not to sell the book . "
Sounds like Mr. Klinger has taken a…"
"Agreed, but attempting a end-run around copyright lapsing by trying to copyright a persona is just how some corporations are tying up public domain works. If the persona is deemed copyrighted retroactively, then it locks up all of the works…"
"There is a reason why patent law runs out eventually and equally so for copyright. Locking up key works and ideas forever simply leads to stagnation. Of course ideas need to be protected and work has to be kept safe from unlawful…"
"I'm rather harsh on my views on copyright and don't believe it should exist to provide income for my Great Grandchildren. I would rather copyright existed for a flat period the way movies do, rather than adding 75 years after the death of…"
"In the past few years there has been an ugly and concerted grab via copyrights on lapsed and copyright free works by large corporations to lock up public domain items by hook or crook. This grab is massive and all-inclusive. The so…"
"I will be eagerly awaiting the results of this. As an artist and history lover - I am always very careful about things that are licensed and copyrighted - and I thought for sure that Sherlock was in the public domain.
Leslie Klinger, noted Holmsian scholar, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Conan Doyle Estate to determine that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in fact in the public domain.Klinger and Laurie R. King, author of the "Mary Russell" series of mysteries that also feature Sherlock Holmes, were co-editing a new book called "In the Company of Sherlock Holmes." This collection of stories by major mystery/sci-fi/fantasy authors inspired by the Holmes tales, is to be published by…See More
Hi! The first Antique & Art Dealers Association of Australia Antique Show in Melbourne for years and years is on May 5 to 8 at the Royal Exhibition Building. I have some free double tickets for the opening gala night 6.p.m. to 9. May 5th for anyone who might come dressed up, in any era, and swan about with a glass of champagne. I am exhibiting. You can collect tickets at my shop in Clifton Hill or I can post them. (Google Roy’s Antiques)
Regards, Roy: a really, truly antiquaire, as you can see.