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What is the aether?

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TeslaCon: JttCotE

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 utopian…See More
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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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The Airship Hypatia on Facebook


Deadlands RPG Narrative
TeslaCon American Civil War Primer


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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…


Steampunk Action Shooting

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

Following on my “Steampunk 101” article published in the August issue of “The Cowboy Chronicles”, the Logans Ferry Regulators added a steampunk theme to their October Cowboy Action Shooting match. I looked on it as an opportunity to spread the…


Space 1889 Re-release

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 7:53am 4 Comments

Released by Game Designers’ Workshop in 1988, Space 1889 was the first dedicated steampunk role playing game. Frank Chadwick had almost literally created a game that was ahead of its time because, while it had its fans and never really died out, it never really took off either. It was re-released in 2000 but it was still running ahead of the curve as the steampunk scene really hadn’t happened yet.…


Steampunk Weekend at Old West Fest

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 9:19am 1 Comment

As the steampunk weekend at the Old West Festival was to coincide with the Pandora Society's Steampunk Salon, even though I am running low on funds I decided to combine the two, splurge, and get a room for the night. There had been some talk about a local hotel having favorable rates for…


Pittsburgh Comicon 2014

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

I have been costuming for too long and have won enough awards to not generally concern myself with costume contests. But I was so pleased with my high-concept Steampunk Django, and especially the coffin/carbonite/freezer unit that I decided I was going to give the contest at Pittsburgh Comicon a try.

I also typically go on Saturday but because I am becoming increasingly broke, I went for just the one day on Sunday for the…


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At 10:39am on July 21, 2014, Dr Douglas Trebuchet 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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