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SPACE Channel seeks Canadian steampunks!

Started Feb 23, 2010 0 Replies

The SPACE Channel is doing a documentary on fans of steampunk, and while they're going to be featuring some of the big names in steampunk, they're really hoping to find Canadians who one would…Continue

Desperately Seeking Airship Invasion Tickets

Started Oct 21, 2009 0 Replies

Without going into the particulars of how this particular gongshow happened, I missed getting tickets for the Airship Invasion at Steamcon, and am going to be doing some 'splaining to my wife about…Continue

Steampunk Reading

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bulldog Bastable Feb 26, 2012. 309 Replies

Tell me about what you're reading, so long as it's steampunk, neo-vic, or even proto-steampunk like Verne and Wells.I'm currently chewing my way through Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan, which is not…Continue

Who is attending Steam Con?

Started this discussion. Last reply by lilibat Oct 6, 2009. 1 Reply

I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but I couldn't find anything in the forum. Perhaps that's just due to my lack of knowledge about all the ins and outs of Steampunk Empire. Curious to know…Continue

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Auntie Social left a comment for Mike Perschon
"Dear Mr. Perschon-- I recently taught two workshops on Steampunk for some fellow Librarians down here in Florida.  In preparing my notes, I found your Steampunk Scholar website to be so helpful, so thought-provoking and so inspiring!  It…"
Jul 2, 2013
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Feb 26, 2012
Bulldog Bastable replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I'm currently reading Dracula, The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. It is a sequel to the original novel and written by Bram Stoker's great grand nephew. Some 25 years after Dracula's demise, the evil returns. I found this gen at…"
Feb 26, 2012
Archie Moses replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I just finished Camera Obscura and I started The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.  After that, I'm going to read Anno Dracula and Hell's Bells just in time for October.     I would like to read Sunset Val too.  Anyone…"
Sep 7, 2011
Lady Thriller replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I just finished the The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield. Good if you like historical novels of the Gilded Age of America. I enjoyed getting a lot of atmospheric history of NYC at the time. It was a very quick read,and the chapters…"
Sep 4, 2011
The Hon. Catherine Swinburne replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I read The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.  It's a very atmospheric cross between Victorian historical fiction and paranormal.  I'm not sure if it counts as steampunk since there's not a lot of science in it (maybe later…"
Sep 4, 2011
Prof. Nathaniel Erasmus Shotwell replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"Right now I'm enjoying Stephen Hunt's The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, sequel to The Court of the Air.  You have to pay attention with Hunt because of how he alternates between the various plot lines, but he's a good…"
Aug 31, 2011
Shadow replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"Just finished reading the first 3 books of the Barsoom series AKA John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was thoroughly enjoyable and I really enjoyed the way it was set out given it was written at the start of the 20th century. Probably going…"
Aug 30, 2011
Rittmeister Frye replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"The Conservative Revolutions of Europe book sounds quite interesting!  I'd love to read it, keep us informed!   Cheers!   Gorodn"
Aug 30, 2011
Mike Perschon replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I enjoyed Camera Obscura, but thought it didn't quite live up to its potential, especially insofar as its protagonist. Curious Case of the Clockwork Man was brilliant - I love Mark Hodder. And Anno Dracula is monstrously good. One of the best…"
Aug 30, 2011
stirling.newberry replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"Are any of the characters of "War and Peace" interesting people? Not really, but then, the novel is about how events overwhelm people who, in other circumstances, would have had other lives. On the other hand "Crime and…"
Aug 29, 2011
stirling.newberry replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"Right now... writing. Just finished a fantasy "Powderpunk" novel set in a universe where the conflict is between mechanical clockwork and explosives. On the other side, reading for my non-fiction book, which is on the conservative…"
Aug 29, 2011
Archie Moses replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I'm currently reading Camera Obscura.  Next book on the list is The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man then I will read Anno Dracula.   "
Aug 28, 2011
Nicholas Clifford replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"I am one for character development, though I've seen worlds that have been built without it (Final Fantasy series is like this, in many installments, or Harry Potter). I have to care in some way about the characters, and feel like they're…"
Jun 29, 2011
Nicholas Clifford replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"Hearing clockwork is fine, but I don't understand the point of the magic. I really don't. I could understand it giving him faster reflexes or having the ability to predict what things were going to do based on what he heard...but not what…"
Jun 29, 2011
Mike Perschon replied to Mike Perschon's discussion Steampunk Reading
"Very strange. I was unable to reply to Nicholas' reply. Consistent in that Hethor Jacques slowly begins to hear the clockwork beneath the world. In a universe predicated on clockwork, to hear clockwork would be to understand the underpinnings…"
Jun 20, 2011

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I'm a hypercreative scholar, musician, writer, and artist, husband to Jenica, my wonderful wife, father to Gunnar and Dacy, doctoral student at the University of Alberta, English instructor at The King's University College and MacEwan College, as well as Game Master for a Steampunk Middle Earth Roleplaying Campaign.

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At 10:25pm on July 2, 2013, Auntie Social said…

Dear Mr. Perschon--

I recently taught two workshops on Steampunk for some fellow Librarians down here in Florida.  In preparing my notes, I found your Steampunk Scholar website to be so helpful, so thought-provoking and so inspiring!  It is so very good and generous of you to share your research so freely with everyone.

I am happy to say that my workshops went very well and that my colleagues seemed very inspired to share what they had learned with their teen patrons.

I just wanted you to know that you had helped to make a difference.

All my best wishes on your continued endeavors.

Best Regards,

Auntie Social

  

At 9:15am on June 12, 2011, Noah Meernaum said…

Dear resident scholar

 

Had a query and was going to send it as a personal message, yet was surprised to be informed we were not officially friends in this realm and therefore this action was not possible. Pardon my oversight for not offering this closer correspondence sooner here. Hopefully you may accept my status and then I may post the question to you then.

 

~N

At 2:32pm on March 24, 2011, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Happy Birthday, may day be as steampowered as an airship.
At 2:28pm on March 24, 2011, Aubrey Savoy said…
Happy anniversary of your birth sir;)
At 2:46am on March 24, 2011, Hephzibah Marsh said…
Happy Birthday!
At 11:54am on October 7, 2010, Doctor Q said…
Just read your review of Dreadnaught. Very well done.
At 11:58am on June 12, 2010, Ryan McMann said…
:From The Morse Telegraph

**Begin Message**

Greetings and salutations from Arizona Mike! Come join us in taking over the town of Rusted Gear during their centennial celebration.

Tucson, Arizona - March 4-6, 2011


Link: Wild Wild West Con Steampunk Convention & Festival


Killjoy
Mad Scientist/Madman

**End Message June 7th, 1895**
At 7:36am on April 27, 2010, Demondaz said…
Hello, thanks for the add...you asked if you can use some of my work. Of course, but I should be grateful if any copyright details are quoted (just keeping my people happy you understand). Kind regards

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At 4:04pm on March 24, 2010, Richmond Strange said…
Thank you. Your words mean a great deal to me. I have very much enjoyed joining in with the discussions and reviews and having the opportunity to engage in debate with intelligent and civilised people.
Please feel free to call me Rich, Richmond or Strange. Or Erkyn, as you might know me from my comment on your blog. Or even Jake, which is my real name.
I look forward to further correspondence, comments and postings. I confess I now find I cannot read fiction without mentally preparing a review for your thread and the Literary Salon. Expect one soon of Shadows Over Baker Street.
Once again, many happy returns!
RS
At 2:43pm on March 24, 2010, Captain Caitlin Marie Hanlin said…
Happy Birthday :)
 
 
 

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