The Crossroads of the Aether
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.
This month marks the centenary of the beginning of The Great War. And while the June 28th, 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is oftentimes considered the trigger for hostilities, history seldom turns on singular events. The entire century previous had laid the foundation for conflict and it is because of that foundation that many believe the First World War to have been inevitable.
I have been listening to the lectures of Professor Robert Weiner titled “The…Continue
The Huffington Post had an article by Paul Di Filippo entitles “5 Things You Didn't Know About Steampunk” which was of course, reposted on a number of steampunk forums. Before we get into the kerfuffle that resulted, lets' go through that list of five things:
#1 Victorian science fiction isn't steampunk.
#2 The term “steampunk” is a sneering putdown.
#3 I wrote a…
We all live in a fantasy world of sorts. Most of the time, we constrain ourselves with the tenants of society. When your manager is a complete imbecile you don't typically challenge him. You might have passing thoughts of drawing a broadsword to decapitate him but here in the "real" world you don't even…Continue