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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike
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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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Fonts wanted

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"I created a steampunk letterpress alphabet 3 years ago for fun and for prospective sale, but it never got picked up. It was obviously based directly on the Sherlock Holmes titles. I built in in After Effects so that I could animate the characters as…"
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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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Biography at Steampedia
Mr. Pike's Victorian Bookshelf
A Victorian Timeline
The Century of the Beard

The Allegheny Steam Concordance
The Allegheny Steam Concordance on Facebook
The Steel City Steam Society on Facebook
The Airship Hypatia on Facebook


Deadlands RPG Narrative
TeslaCon American Civil War Primer


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Tekko 2015

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 8:08am 0 Comments

With being unemployed, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make Tekko. On the plus, though, it's local so there is no hotel cost. That's a few hundred dollars right there. Last year's steampunk presentation was pretty mediochre so I decided to let the concom decide. I offered to do a steampunk presentation and, if they agreed, then I would go. Otherwise, I might save the money.

It turned out that they did agree to have a steampunk presentation. And while my job situation has not…


Spring Steel City Con

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 11:29am 2 Comments

Steel City Con's pricing schedule is $20 a day and $40 for the weekend. So, if you are not going for all three days, it's not worth your while to get the weekend pass. Not sure if that's really going to encourage weekend pass holders. It certainly didn't encourage me. I just got the one-day pass on Saturday.

The concession stand at the Monroeville Convention Center also has some strange pricing. A fountain drink is $3. If you…


Steel City Con

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

I know that previously I had said I would not be getting a weekend pass for Steel City Con but I lied. Well, I didn't exactly lie in that it was my initial intention not to give the con any more money than I had too and I had planned on only attending Sunday for the costume contest but the local steampunks had decided to go on Saturday and I decided to support that cause.

$40 is…


The True Story of the Great Airship Flap

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 3:10pm 5 Comments

I am a bit of a hobbyist when it comes to the Great Airship Flap of 1897-97. I have half a dozen books on the subject and have scoured the Internet for additional material. From that research I have lectured numerous times at science fiction and steampunk conventions on the topic and am always on the lookout for additional materials and sources of information to improve my understanding…


TeslaCon: JttCotE

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

When this year's TeslaCon theme “Journey to the Center of the Earth” was announced last year, I immediately wrote a posting on the history of the various hollow Earth “hypotheses” in both…


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At 10:39am on July 21, 2014, Dr Hemmingway (The Botanist) 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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