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Does anyone else write steampunk short stories on their blog??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Screwloose Nov 24, 2011. 3 Replies

I just began one on mine, called Night Raid - Part 1.  Just sort of making it up as i go along so I don't know how many parts there will be. …Continue

New Hybrid Airships

Started this discussion. Last reply by Commodore Campbell Nov 14, 2011. 37 Replies

Has anyone else been following the Hybrid Air Vehicles??  Helium provides 60% of their lift while the shape of their envelope (fat wing) provides another 40%.  The pressure inside the envelope is…Continue

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RL: New to steampunk although I've discovered that many of the novels, movies, and tv shows I've liked have been in that genre (or a near miss so to speak). I like 19th century technology and what it could have been. Former Army infantry officer, engineer, and philosopher. I imagine my character will be roughly the same but haven't quite figure that out yet.

Of Visitable Locales in the Philadelphia Region Eminently Suited to the Fancy of Steampunk Afficionados

 

The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association:  A living museum of steam engines, antique tractors, railroads and farm equipment in Lancaster County

The Hagley Museum:  Dupont's famous 19th and early 20th century water-powered gunpowder works and museum along the Brandywine River in Wilmington, DE.  Take care not to be blown away.   

The Mutter Museum:  A collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, and antique medical equipment at the oldest physicians' college in the United States.  Originally begun in 1858.   

Naval Lakehurst Historical Society:  Due East of Philadelphia beyond Maguire AFB, lies Lakehurst Naval Engineering Station (formerly Lakehurst Naval Air Station).  This information center/ museum is at the site of the Hindenburgh crash and also contains artifacts and other airship related information.  WARNING:  Tour attendees must pre-register for a tour at least 2 weeks in advance and must be US Citizens due to the fact that this is an operating naval base.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology:  Mummies, Egyptian and Mesoamerican artifacts. for the Egyptologist and Explorers.

Philadelphia Maritime Museum:  Includes the USS Olympia, a steam-powered warship that was Admiral Dewey's flagship during the battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War.

Hopewell Furnace:  Iron production in eastern PA from 1771 - 1883 so covers all but last 20 years of Victorian age. 

 

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Night Raid - Part 2

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 10:11am 1 Comment

Night Raid, Part 2

The Captain glances at his watch and holds it calmly as he watches the last minute tick by.  He turns to the voice pipe that runs back to the launch bay,

“Boarding party launch.”  He hears the disconnected voice of his Master of the Sword come back through the tube,

“Aye aye Captain.  See you on the prize ship.”

Back in the launch bay, each of the boarding party members are already strapped into bat-shaped glider wings of bamboo struts…

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Night Raid - Part 1

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 3:31pm 0 Comments

copyright 2011, mds (pseudonym Marcus Aurelius Steel)

 

A couple riding their open carriage on a country lane looked up and spied the large dark oblong shape of the dirigible slicing through the sea of stars, undeterred by the occasional puffiness of a star-shielding cloud.  The lovers could see a cluster of…

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Outfitting an Exploratory Expedition

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 3:19pm 0 Comments

Teddy Roosevelt's book, Through the Brazilian Wilderness, chronicles his 1913 expedition up the Amazon River.  For the explorers among us, I've posted Appendix B in its entirety.  Appendix B is entitled, The Outfit for Travelling in the South American Wilderness and includes TR's recommendations for everything needed to remount an expedition such as the one that he led including clothing, food, weapons, boats, tents, and so on.  It is based on his actual experience and lessons…

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"Currently working on some stuff (check out my blog and pleeeeeeease follow!).  I didn't know if anyone else did either but I still do anyway."
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Commodore Campbell replied to Marcus Aurelius Steel's discussion New Hybrid Airships
"Well, I remember that issue (the article about the boy having his arm reattached made quite an impression), but that is not the specific article I was thinking of; the article you linked lacked a rear view, which I distinctly remember, and I seem to…"
Nov 14, 2011
Zebulon Vitruvius Pike replied to Marcus Aurelius Steel's discussion New Hybrid Airships
"Do you mean this THIS article from November 1962?"
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Commodore Campbell replied to Marcus Aurelius Steel's discussion New Hybrid Airships
"I remember seeing a short article on the Aereon III back in the mid-'60s in PS or PM (at this remove I can't remember which) which also had a rear view, showing the helicopter rotor intended as a propeller.  This must have been before…"
Nov 14, 2011
Zebulon Vitruvius Pike replied to Marcus Aurelius Steel's discussion New Hybrid Airships
"The Aereon III is a very dieselpunk/pulp-looking machine and is indeed very cool. However, when the actual ship was taken out of the hanger for the first time and gust of wind flipped it over several times. It was literally bulldozed back to the…"
Nov 14, 2011
Zebulon Vitruvius Pike replied to Marcus Aurelius Steel's discussion New Hybrid Airships
"I was at a local gun show today and found a copy of "Jane's Pocket Book of Airships" from 1977. In it, I found a photograph of the Aereon III, the first craft that came out of Monroe Drew's dream to build a hybrid airship. I had…"
Nov 12, 2011

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At 7:01pm on November 10, 2011, Georg, Baron von Mannteuffel said…

Well met Sir!  Glad to make your aquaintence.  Hope you'll join us in the gentlemen's saloon at Cog some time - the saloon is for weapons of war, mayhem and other such topics that on many occassion are best not spoken in the presence of gentile ladies.

 

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Thank you for the friend request .

I hope you will enjoy your time with the Empire .

 
 
 

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