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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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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
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Deadlands RPG Narrative
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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…


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,…


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…


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…


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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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