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What is the aether?

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TeslaCon Civil War

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Dr Hemmingway (The Botanist) commented on Zebulon Vitruvius Pike's blog post Gunfight at Old Bedford Village
"Well I never! I enjoy learning new things and your fact about the gun fight at the not too bad corral fits the bill. I am sorry you were left with a slightly sour taste in the mouth (I blame sassprsparilla) but at least you came away with a nice…"
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Gunfight at Old Bedford Village

On Wednesday I had been looking at my calendar and making sure I knew everything that was coming up. I thought, “Hey. Isn't the old west thing at Old Bedford Village coming up?” So, I went to the website and, “Holy crap, it's this weekend!”Last year I had spent the weekend, participating as a performer. No time to prepare for that this year. And besides, the weather report called for lots of rain and I did not look forward to…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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Zebulon Vitruvius Pike Wiki
Biography at Steampedia
Mr. Pike's Victorian Bookshelf
A Victorian Timeline
The Century of the Beard


The Allegheny Steam Concordance
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Fiction:
Deadlands RPG Narrative
Prometheus
Dialogues
TeslaCon American Civil War Primer

 

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Gunfight at Old Bedford Village

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

On Wednesday I had been looking at my calendar and making sure I knew everything that was coming up. I thought, “Hey. Isn't the old west thing at Old Bedford Village coming up?” So, I went to the website and, “Holy crap, it's this weekend!”



Last year I had spent the weekend, participating as a performer. No time to prepare for that this year. And besides, the weather report called for lots of rain and I did not look…

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Vandalia Con

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

The people running Vandalia Con had contacted me hoping that I would do presentations again at their second convention. Unfortunately, at that time I was still unemployed and wasn't making any commitments. Even as the schedule was being finalized my job hadn't yet sorted itself out so I wasn't even sure I would be going, let alone presenting. But as con time arrived, things had sorted themselves out at least enough that I…

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Sci Fi Valley Con

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona has moved to a new, larger venue. A definite improvement on previous years. I am pleased that they have continued with the policy of mixing the tables of artists and small press in with the more conventional dealers rather than segregating them to an “artist's alley.” I think it improves the situation for the artists and my conversations with some of them has confirmed that this is, in fact, the case,…

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International Steampunk Symposium

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

I accepted doing presentations for the International Steampunk Symposium after getting my new job offer but before I knew when my start date would be. I figured that would be sorted out by the beginning of the year and having to take a day off for the con in April would not be an problem. However, the start date kept getting pushed further and further back until, when I started at the beginning of March I was…

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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…

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

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