When fighting evil it's usually a great challenge to convey many different forms of evil, there are grey elements even to the casue of a monster. Great amd small, the challenge is to convey their role and function in a universe that titters on a very fine balance. Each monster must serve a purpose, a role. It's not… Continue
Added by Nevermore on August 27, 2012 at 4:50pm —
If nineteenth-century Iranian women discovered time travel, where would they go? What would they bring back?
Photographer Shadi Ghadirian did not have these questions in mind, persay, but she is interested in how the Western world perceives Iranian woman like herself. In her photography series "Qajar," she brings out the cognitive dissonance that someone unfamiliar with Iran may experience, as well as comments about the position of women in society… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on June 19, 2011 at 12:00am —
Illustration by Maxfield Parrish from The Arabian Nights, 1909
was created by Marcel Schwob and appears in “Sufrah, Geomancer” (Vie Imaginaire
, 1896). Schwob was also the creator of the King in the Golden Mask
“Sufrah, Geomancer” is a sequel to the Arabian Nights
. Moghrabi Sufrah is the magician who is Aladdin’s enemy in the Arabian Nights
, but as “Sufrah, Geomancer” tells us, at the end of… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on June 18, 2011 at 7:27pm —
A portrait of Malik Ambar signed by Hashem (C 1624-25); photo courtesy V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; A painting showing Jehangir shooting arrows into the severed head of Malik Ambar signed by Abul-Hasan (C 1616), © The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (www.cbl.ie
Earlier this year, my attention was drawn to a discussion on … Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 15, 2011 at 10:30am —
The current war fought in Libya in these days is drawing attention on that country and its history. This article is about the history of Libya from ancient times until World War II.
Only in recent times has the term "Libya" been in use, indicating the territories between Tunisia and Egypt; before its colonization, the area was called Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, two territories that had a separate historic development for centuries.…
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 24, 2011 at 12:00am —
was created by William Beckford
and appeared in Vathek: An Arabian Tale from an Unpublished Manuscript, with Notes Critical and Explanatory
(1786). Beckford (1760-1844) was one of English literature's real oddities. He lived a life of scandal and extravagance, both financial and sexual, and even in the 21st century his name retains the… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 20, 2011 at 12:00am —
was created by Leo Charles Dessar and appears in A Royal Enchantress
(1900). Dessar (1847-1924) was a New York judge who was a part of the corrupt Tammany Hall political system.
There was a real Cahina (alternatively, “Kahena” or “Kahina”), a Queen of the Berbers
in the 7th and 8th… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 9, 2011 at 12:00am —
Hajji Baba enjoys the company of Zeenab. After Ḥabl al-matin Persian tr., Calcutta, 1905, opp. p. 142. Caption & Image courtesy of Encyclopaedia Iranica. Click for source.
Hajji Baba was created by James Morier and appeared in Hajji Baba of Ispahan
(1824) and Hajji Baba in England
(1827). Morier (1780-1849) was a British… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 9, 2011 at 12:00am —
As many know and some who may not know, Secondlife has been one of the top multimedia social platform since it's release in June of 2003. It's said that people can reinvent themselves, discover dreams, play games, and of course, make a little money. You want it, SL has it! So why would it be such a shock to have such a fun, fantastical steampunk desert world? Personally, it's the infamous world of the “Sims” on steroids of amazing measure.
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 6, 2011 at 12:00am —
For Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year), I'm spending the day with my family (and getting in gear for TempleCon
.) But I wanted to leave a little note for today to those who celebrate Lunar New Year's in any manner.
Most people would recognize that today is Chinese New Year, and that it is the Year of the Metal Rabbit.
For the Vietnamese, however, Feb 2nd was the start of our New Year, the Year of the Metal Cat.
Either one… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 3, 2011 at 4:32pm —
Note: This is the second in a four-part series by Eccentric Yoruba, cross-posted with her permission. Here are parts 1 and 2. Check out the rest of her… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on January 21, 2011 at 12:00am —
Note: Cross-posted with permission from Yakoub Islam from his website The Muslim Age of Steam on The Steampunk Shariah.
Middle Eastern Astrolobe. 1291.
In Summer 2009, I made the bold decision to write a full-length novel. It seemed like the perfect solution to a troubled and difficult decade, which had largely centred… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on January 16, 2011 at 12:00am —
For the last post of the year, I'm enjoying a post-holiday recoup and a some good steampunky links. Featuring some oldies but goodies, great vids, the launch of SteamCast in Brazil, and pretty steampunk art after the jump.
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Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on December 26, 2010 at 10:21am —
For a "Steam Tourist", (I intend to be much more) I find it a bit intimidating to be amongst so many stellar people all dedicated to what they love! The knowledge they have amassed, the life they now live inside this beautiful dimension is something I strive for, but sometimes felt destined to fail. Then I received an invite from a group called "The Cog of Acceptance"! Well, the name, and description of said group re-newed my hope of acceptance and inclusion… Continue
Added by Robert W. Les Strange on November 30, 2010 at 10:02pm —
In this clean world of class, imagination and hope I come. I've seen what this world looks like! Like a kid, I am instantly enthralled. "What a cool world. Such amazing people. I got to be thee!" So, I look further! Steampunk comes from a comic book? Maybe I shouldn't have been reading Legion of Super Heros, or Avengers because I missed something. Yes, even at 44 years young, my imagination ravenously… Continue
Added by Robert W. Les Strange on November 24, 2010 at 11:25am —
I don't know how many people are following what is going on with a film called "Iron Sky", but I beleive they stated shooting yesterday. "Iron sky" has an alternate history storyline with the Nazi fleeing to the moon in flying saucers at the end of WWII. They rebuild and return to take over the Earth in 2018. This has a definate steampunk feel to it, though it is clearly not Victorian steampunk. For more information check the Iron Sky site www.ironsky.net
Added by Captain Zaphod on November 2, 2010 at 3:14pm —
He is about six feet tall, dark haired and blue eyed.
He appears to be in his late 20's to his early 30's, but his eyes and his manner sometimes make him seem much older.
He fights with revolver and sword, but is a resourceful, imaginitive and creative tactitcian.
He was on the losing side in a vicious, hard fought civil war. He was outlawed after refusing to surrender himself to the victorious side's troops. It is alleged that the units in question murdered… Continue
Added by Captain Syfer Kent Locke on October 12, 2010 at 8:54pm —
This weekend, I'm rockin' it out at New York Comic Con
. I'm there mostly doing the Day Job thing, unfortunately (though, if I can, I might wear my steampunk for Sunday.)
For anyone who manages to recognize me in my civvies, though, you'll probably end up being filmed or photographed, if you're looking fabulous and want to flaunt it.
In the meantime, enjoy the linkspam below. This edition features lots of… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on October 8, 2010 at 9:30pm —
Note from Ay-leen: This the third and final part of a series of guest posts from Matt Delman, Proprietor of Free the Princess and Doc Fantastique's Show of Wonders.
The rise-fall-rise of Dost Mohammad was one of the most central facets of the Great Game as it was played in Afghanistan. His son, Mohammad Akbar Khan, had already proven that the Afghanis could… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 24, 2010 at 4:33am —
Note from Ay-leen: This the second in a series of guest posts this week from Matt Delman, Proprietor of Free the Princess and Doc Fantastique's Show of Wonders.
The Crimean War
The Crimean War of October 1853 to February 1856 is so named because much of the land-based engagements took place on the Crimean Peninsula, which juts out into the Black Sea and in… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on September 22, 2010 at 12:00am —