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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite Apr 23, 2013. 11 Replies

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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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A Victorian Timeline
The Century of the Beard

The Allegheny Steam Concordance
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Deadlands RPG Narrative
TeslaCon American Civil War Primer


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Posted on May 30, 2016 at 8:30am 0 Comments

At the dead-dog dinner after TeslaCon, I got a chance to hear some of Thomas Willeford's opinions about his experience on the reality TV program “Steampunk'd.” He couldn't say much because he was still held under terms on a non-disclosure agreement. At this year's…


Civil War Living History in Carnegie

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Professor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe presented a lecture on the Union Balloon Corps at the Captain Thomas Espy post 153 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Actually, it was aeronaut…


Symposium Through the Looking Glass

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

This year's convention theme was Alice in Wonderland and while I made no effort to costume to that theme, many other did and walking in the door showed that quite positively. And standing in line at registration had several first time attendees put forth a marvelous effort. It was going to be a good, creative, con.

And registration? I stepped up and they handed me my badge. They knew me so I didn't have to say or do anything.

I had been looking for a specific hat…


TeslaCon in the Wild Wild West

Posted on November 28, 2015 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

I know that I have been doing this trip for six years now but I have finally boiled down the way to sanely traverse Chicago. First, leave early so as to avoid rush hour(s). Leaving Pittsburgh at 7am will get you through Chicago before the evening rush. Sort of. The traffic is building by that time but it's not too bad. Second, once you cross the skyway, keep left. Just stay to the left and you will get through without having to panic about watching signs and highway…


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