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What is the aether?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James R. Murray Jul 20, 2013. 18 Replies

TeslaCon Civil War

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From the anime "Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu (少年科學倶楽部, lit. Scientific Boys Club)" (2001) based on the serialized manga by Kenji Tsuruta.…
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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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Mr. Pike's Victorian Bookshelf
A Victorian Timeline
The Century of the Beard

The Allegheny Steam Concordance
The Allegheny Steam Concordance on Facebook
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Deadlands RPG Narrative
TeslaCon American Civil War Primer


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How Napoleon Started the First World War

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

This month marks the centenary of the beginning of The Great War. And while the June 28th, 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is oftentimes considered the trigger for hostilities, history seldom turns on singular events. The entire century previous had laid the foundation for conflict and it is because of that foundation that many believe the First World War to have been inevitable.

I have been listening to the lectures of Professor Robert Weiner titled “The…


Five things you didn't know about steampunk

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:04pm 9 Comments

The Huffington Post had an article by Paul Di Filippo entitles “5 Things You Didn't Know About Steampunk” which was of course, reposted on a number of steampunk forums. Before we get into the kerfuffle that resulted, lets' go through that list of five things:

#1 Victorian science fiction isn't steampunk.

#2 The term “steampunk” is a sneering putdown.

#3 I wrote a…


Rich Fantasy Lives

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 9:21am 1 Comment

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

We all live in a fantasy world of sorts. Most of the time, we constrain ourselves with the tenants of society. When your manager is a complete imbecile you don't typically challenge him. You might have passing thoughts of drawing a broadsword to decapitate him but here in the "real" world you don't even…


Vandalia-Con: Report

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:44pm 2 Comments

I first heard about Vandalia-Con last year at the Pittsburgh Comicon in September. As a new con, it was an unknown quantity with two things going for it. First, it was relatively nearby in Parkersburg, WV, only a two and a half hour drive. Secondly, they were set up as a non-profit with all of the proceeds dedicated to breast cancer screening and services. What's not to like?



Steampunk Empire Symposium 2014: Con Report

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:33am 2 Comments

Having lost my job, I really cut back on my convention schedule. I chopped Millennicon from my schedule. Marcon. Steampunk World's Fair. Contemporal. I might still do Origins as a day trip but that…


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At 10:39am on July 21, 2014, Dr Douglas T. Hemmingway said…

Dear Mr Pike,

It is you who has been struck by a  bad case of the defencibles, not I.

The reasoning behind my removal of the post was in acceptance that I had added a comment that did not contribute to the larger argument.

Please be assured it was not due to some percieved slight. I wholeheartedly agree with the point you make, and make well.

I endeavour to hold myself to a standard of correspondence that, I confess, I often fall short of. That post was one of those lapses. I hope I have clarified my situation? I would hope that we may be friends amongst the aether.

The kindest of regards.

Dr Douglas Hemmingway Trebuchet.

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?

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