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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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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.…


History of Warfare

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:23am 0 Comments

I have had it argued to me that science and religion are wholly compatible because, in fact, Christianity invented science. Not merely that many great and foundational scientists, such as Copernicus, Newton, Pascal, Kepler and even Galileo, were believers, but that it was their Christian faith that allowed them to reveal the secrets of God’s creation. What’s more, I recently watched a documentary called “The Privileged…


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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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