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Gregory Thomas commented on Zebulon Vitruvius Pike's blog post What will replace Steampunk?
"Who knows, we can only speculate and make predictions. I am going to make the prediction that the next steampunk equivalent will be darker in nature, with possibly more demonic/occult aesthetics mixed with high fashion. If you look at the trends in…"
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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike commented on Sepiachord's blog post War of the Worlds: The Remains (Savage Worlds)
"People interested in the concept will want to check out the graphic novel "Scarlet Traces" written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by D'Israeli (2002). I will also mention "Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Serviss…"
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What will replace Steampunk?

From the webcomic "Does not play well with others"I know all of you are likely to scream, "No! Steampunk is forever!" but, honestly, just like any other literary genre, fad, fashion, sub-culture or even mainstream culture, it will have its day and then fade into the background as something new becomes "the next big…See More
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"Have received my Kickstarter copy of "Steampunk for Simpletons". I have a lot to do before I get to that on my reading list. Soon though."

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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran of the late unpleasantness. After serving in the US Aeroship Cavalry and as special agent to the President, Pike left government service to travel the world. When not saving civilization as we know it from science pirates, abominations of nature and invaders from the beyond, Professor Vitruvius occasionally lectures on topics of interest in history, science and technology.


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What will replace Steampunk?

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 9:00am 1 Comment

From the webcomic "Does not play well with others"

I know all of you are likely to scream, "No! Steampunk is forever!" but, honestly, just like any other literary genre, fad, fashion, sub-culture or even mainstream culture, it will have its day and then fade into the background as…


Steel City Con: Report

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

I went to the con Friday in just shorts and a t-shirt. A number of dealers had to do a doubletake to recognize me because I am usually costumed.

I had registered for a three-day pass earlier in the week but for whatever reason I was not on their list. I had to wait in the rain for a manager to finally show up, look at my receipt and give me a badge.

There were a number of things that caught my eye but I picked up only a single Godzilla DVD and a…


Tekko 2014: Convention Report

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:00am 2 Comments

I hadn't been going to Tekkoshocon for a few years. They had moved from the Convention Center to a downtown hotel and there simply wasn't room for them. Far too many people packed into far too small a space so I stopped going. They returned to the Convention Center last year but I didn't go then either. I think I saved myself $30 and went to Steel City Con instead. This year I went with my…



Posted on March 26, 2014 at 12:59pm 0 Comments

Back in October at the Steel City Beard and Mustache Club competition, I purchased a mustache mug from One Eyed Cat and it quickly became my favorite mug. And, yes, it's because it's essentially an adult sippy-cup, specifically designed to keep my beverage out of my mustache.

Well, at one point some months…


Art Commissions

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 10:06am 0 Comments

Back in 2010, I went to Ohayocon and met Leanne Peacey of Chi Studios who was doing quick chibi portraits. For $10 I got a kawaii picture of myself. This first purchase began a pattern of commissioning artists for my portrait.…


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At 12:19am on April 16, 2014, Samuel Keystone Sprocket said…
Greetings my friend and thanks for answering my request to friend you here on the Empire. Looking forward to seeing you (and your panels) at the Symposium next week.
Blue Skies & Best Wishes,
* Sam Sprocket
At 2:00pm on December 31, 2013, patrick said…

thank you .how long have you been invoved in steampunk?

At 7:32pm on November 25, 2013, Steam Bob said…
Dear Mr. Pike,

There are not many of us who curl up with the inimitable Mrs. Beeton for some light reading.

There are two points Mrs. Beeton treats lightly, though, I think. First, the vast majority of people employing servants had only one or two: probably a maid of all work, and either a jobbing gardner or a washerwoman. A maid of all work was usually young, raw, and inexperienced, so she might receive as little as £1 per month even though she did the jobs of cook, parlour maid and house maid. Secondly, if the family were travelling and she remained in the home, she would receive “board wages,” which could mean just room and board, but little or no cash. Board wages were the norm for most servants in very grand houses for up to a quarter of the year since personal servants alone would accompany the family up to London for the season, travelling north for shooting, or for a short (one or two week) stay with friends in the country.

I remain, Sir, your humble servant,

Bob Tanner

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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike is a gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero, and "veteran of the late unpleasantness".

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