I am now the owner of some 5000 acres of land near Tahoe. I've never owned anything quite so large before. It makes me feel a tad giddy. Or that may be the coffee I had this morning.
When Jack and I traveled through the portal we found ourselves on top of a moving train. Quite unnerving not to mention smokey and hard to breath. Jack started down the ladder ahead of me and as I was climbing down I hear him cry out. For a moment I was afraid he'd been attacked. It's been happening so… Continue
Added by Rachel Harrison on September 28, 2010 at 1:09pm —
I believe I finally have hold of my emotions enough to complete my tale. To continue ...
I would have you know and state now for the record that I
intended absolutely no malice toward Mary, but I indeed thought to assist in the truest of friendship. Her rebuffing of me in front of all those others hurt greatly, and I got myself away as fast as my dainty boots could take me. I moved my belongings out of our room and
Added by Dr. Victoria Tarr on September 28, 2010 at 1:00pm —
Date Recorded: January 3, 2999
We've just passed New Zealand. The wind is reasonably cooperative.
The mood on the ship is one of unease. We are normally accustomed to not knowing where we're going, but in this case we know we're flying straight for trouble... but we don't know what the trouble is... and it's a long flight. Clockface has done little to ease our spirits. He just sits in my cabin,… Continue
Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 28, 2010 at 9:30am —
I took my squad up to the hills today for rifle practice. We received some new arms from stateside that we wanted to try out. These are some new… Continue
Added by Sgt. Foust, US Airship Marines on September 28, 2010 at 8:50am —
Nader Elhefnawy's guest post on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website is all about steampunk. It's long and detailed (over 40 footnotes!) and a must-read for anyone interested in the genre. And if you're interested in steampunk-themed literature, why not take… Continue
Added by Steampunk Librarian on September 28, 2010 at 8:19am —
Edward came back! And he's his usual self. I can't even begin to express how relieved I was. I understand that Atlantis is always going to be a touchy subject for him and I'll do my best to never bring it up around him. He was drinking his absinthe and I my tea while we shared a plate of jammy dodgers when I told him about my latest adventure. Of late I've been wearing small darkened spectacles because bright light hurts my eyes. When I took them off I though he was going to have an apoplexy.… Continue
Added by Rachel Harrison on September 27, 2010 at 4:00pm —
Now that a week has past I finally feel calm enough to begin my tale. It all started innocently enough two years ago. A substantial grant of monies came through for a project I had been working on or sometime. Though I didn’t choose the other members on my team -- nor had I any say regarding their background or qualifications -- my employer seemed capable of banding together the most suitable applicants.
As with all teams,… Continue
Added by Dr. Victoria Tarr on September 27, 2010 at 3:30pm —
Date Recorded: January 2, 2999
My conversation with our shiny friend Clockface was quite cryptic.
We sat in my cabin and spoke. I asked him who he was; he responded, "I am Clockface." I said he had already told us that. He said that he was a tool of observation and decision. He speaks in riddles... I like riddles. I inquired as to his origin. He says he was created to observe the progression of time… Continue
Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 27, 2010 at 2:27pm —
Let me first introduce myself, my name is Andrew. Or rather it is a name that I prefer, for I cannot recollect my original name.
I was born sometime in the era that modern folk call Medieval, and I was a vampire hunter. The only profession that seemed suitable for I was already a social outcast as I was a bastard son to a maid, and an incubus. This gave me the term "dhampir". Half vampire.
I am unaware of my death, but I am led to believe self-inflicted deaths and troubled deaths cause… Continue
Added by Lady Bess Eccentric on September 27, 2010 at 1:00pm —
This is a copy of a message I posted to the Steamrats group in Seattle:
It would seem generally not to be the way of this list for people to
post post-event "reviews" or tales from the road or whatever, but I really feel the urge to shower some praises.
First of all and by
way of background, there is a sense in which I "grew up" in punk rock, in the early 80s. Sid was alive (so was Nancy) and if you weren't, yourself, actively doing whatever it took to get dead your… Continue
Added by Carol, the Adventuress on September 27, 2010 at 11:30am —
Over the past few months I have had an epiphany. My views and opinions, even personality has changed. Though not to something different, no, they have been enhanced, and I have become more knowledgeable.
I am now more worldly, wiser, and insane than ever before.
I will use my past as a learning experience, but not dwell on it.
I will instead look to the future. Envision what I want, and make it happen, even if it includes having to wait. But while I wait, I shall be… Continue
Added by Lady Bess Eccentric on September 27, 2010 at 10:34am —
I have not been on this site long, but today I enjoyed navigating around the various features and peeking at other members' pages and photos. Which leads me to my first question: is there a help/F.A.Q./ guide to this site? I wish to personalize my own page a bit more than just selecting background images, but cannot find a guide detailing how to do this. Should anyone stumble across this entry, is there something I am overlooking? Many thanks, and until then I will… Continue
Added by Almeda Tyler on September 26, 2010 at 7:30pm —
I’m often asked whether I regret it, deploying the bomb that is. In the past I’ve always responded with the government sanctioned answer, that the usage of the Aether Bomb was a regrettable but necessary action, one that was taken to save the lives of countless service members and civilians who would have fallen as a result of Loveless’ campaign against the Empire.
However, the truth is that I have often struggled with the memory of that decision.… Continue
Added by Col. Vincent Loveless on September 26, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Date Recorded: January 2, 2999
I was at the pub, enjoying a nice glass of absinthe and some jammy dodgers, having a chat with Ms. Rachel Harrison when I heard it again. This time as loud as ever. "Edward!" it called out in my head. So loud, I nearly dropped my glass. Immediately after I had heard the voice, my ears were alarmed by another sound... my laboratory's intruder alert sounding from my… Continue
Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 26, 2010 at 6:23pm —
It is awesome. You must get it when it comes out. And Leviathan too, since that's the first book.
I will be writing a review of it on Tor.com soon.
Added by Jha Goh on September 26, 2010 at 3:54pm —
So after a week long absence Draven staggered into the bar looking as though he'd been mauled by a wolf. His arm was practically in shreds. He tossed two watches upon the bar and brushed off my concerns over his well being saying he'd explain later and asked for a Merlot. I gave it to him of course. Jack examined the watches and was astounded to discover that one was a failed copy and the other genuine. Number 14 to be exact. I was a little afraid to ask how he got them. I got my chance to… Continue
Added by Rachel Harrison on September 26, 2010 at 1:30pm —
So my group of friends who want to do the Steampunk club with me all want Personas! However, some of them don't know a lick of what to do or how to go about it. So I am trying to find a basic Persona worksheet for them to use... Well I finally decided to go to a basic Character worksheet, which really doesn't have much of a difference except... I'm still learning about the world myself. I've made plenty of personas for… Continue
Added by Constance Silverwing on September 26, 2010 at 1:09pm —
Date Recorded: January 2, 2999
I have never seen a more remarkable mystery than what I discovered in the lab today.
We flew straight back to Coppersteam and moved the clock to my laboratory. Roman and Litton set to tidying up the ship while Little Darling went to see if she could find Forrest. I got out my gadgets and got to work. Physics first. The first thing I discovered was in regards to the… Continue
Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 26, 2010 at 10:21am —
Recently, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer announced the finalists for Last Drink Bird Head Award
and Beyond Victoriana was graciously nominated under the category for "Gentle Advocacy." The premise behind the awards is "to celebrate those in the genre community who enrich us… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 26, 2010 at 7:28am —
Illustration of the Fenian Dynamite Campaign
The main period that steampunk covers is the reign of Queen Victoria (1838-1901). At conventions and meet-ups, we see people dressed in spiffy waistcoats, stylish petticoats and top hats. People have high tea, create characters and personas of mad scientist, airship captains and Victorian dandies. There is nothing wrong with emulating Victorian high society; at the same time, however, during this much-admired period, the… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 26, 2010 at 7:25am —