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Steampunk LEGO A Coffee Table Book filled with Victorian-Inspired LEGO

Posted By on 30. September 2014

It has been a very long time since I have been this excited about an upcoming book, but this one deserves all the excitement I can muster:

Steampunk LEGO – A Coffee Table Book filled with Victorian-Inspired LEGO

Yes, the excellent scribes, researchers and scholars at No Starch Press are releasing a book with all the ingredients for incredible exellentness!

This is the official press release:

San Francisco, CA (September 30, 2014) — This holiday season is looking up for LEGO® fans—especially those immersed in steampunk. Meet steampunk connoisseur, LEGO artist, and special effects professional Guy Himber and his soon-to-be-released Steampunk LEGO (No Starch Press, November 2014, 200 pp., $29.95, hardcover, 4C), an incredible coffee table book sure to delight sci-fi and steampunk fans.

Himber, a special effects artist with more than 50 feature films under his belt, including Edward Scissorhands, Independence Day, and Stargate, has been crafting imaginative worlds for years. In Steampunk LEGO, he’s created a fantastical steampunk world, filled with photos of Victorian-era sci-fi treasures built solely from LEGO. Dirigibles, submarines, clockwork animals, and fanciful contraptions whisk readers away on a steampunk adventure—pure bliss for all who delight in whimsy and tiny gears.

With its eclectic variety of models designed by dozens of the world’s top LEGO artists, Steampunk LEGO joins other jaw-dropping No Starch Press LEGO titles like Beautiful LEGO and LEGO Space in displaying the passion and creativity that so many millions invest in these little bricks.

Steampunk LEGO arrives in fine bookstores everywhere this November.

And here are some preview images:

 

Excellent Dieselpunk Comic – RumRow

Posted By on 27. September 2014

Another thing that came in through the ætherbox, and what an exciting thing it is:
A comic, soon to be available in print, that no Dieselpunk worth their weight in fuel should miss.
Set in an alternate version of our 1930s, it features wonderfully weird and Art-Deco-esque airships and fighter planes, dashing protagonists of both genders, action, suspense and bootleg liquor.

I was just about to say “Speakeasy of the Skies” because of the alliteration, but this would have been inaccurate.

The Kickstarter campaign for the funding of the print edition is still going on, check it out. The project is already fully funded, but maybe you just want to help reach a stretchgoal or get your hands on a reward.

I will post a full review at a later date and now, please check out what the gentleman and artist Andrew Maxwell, mastermind behind RumRow has to say:

Shatter Me: Lzzy Hale, Lindsey Stirling and some Steampunk

Posted By on 22. September 2014

Another manifestation of Steampunk in music, this time with dubstep violin and a higher budget than the music videos I usually present here:

 

I dare say, Lindsey Stirling does not need introduction, Lzzy Hale can be found here.

The Men That Will Be Blamed For Nothing – Kicking Cancer’s butt!

Posted By on 15. September 2014

It rarely happens that I am so happy to announce an upcoming concert.
Great Britain’s most famous Steampunk band (with a heavy stress on Punk) The Men That Will Be Blamed For Nothing return after vocalist Andy Heintz is making a recovery from throat cancer.

Here are the details:

 

THE MEN THAT WILL NOT
BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING

*** The UK’s biggest Steampunk band announce only London show of 2014 to celebrate kicking cancer’s arse!  ***

“genuinely inspired” – Terrorizer
“Rabble-rousing ,,, packed with droll Victoriana” – Independent on Sunday
“their timeline-defying sonics are as forward thinking as it gets” – Rock Sound
“full of silly steam punk stories that’ll make you wet your bloomers or britches” – Bizarre

Anarchic, anachronistic and truly inspired, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing have been putting the ‘punk’ into ‘steampunk’ since 2008.  Blending tales of 1877 with the attitude of 1977, their highly original mix of horror, humour and history has seen them hailed as one of the 21st century’s most inventive acts, by critics everywhere from The Independent to Terrorizer, while their immersive, immensely fun live show has wowed crowds from Bestival to the Edinburgh Festival.  An ever-innovative recorded catalogue has included the first release on the archaic wax cylinder format for 70 years, caught the attention of EMI Records (who threatened legal action over the first album, ‘Now That’s What I Call Steampunk! Vol 1’), and seen them grow a devoted, globe-spanning fanbase, with the release of 2012’s tongue-twisting follow-up, ‘This May Be The Reason The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons’.

Yes, quite literally nothing can hold this truly unique band back; not lawsuits, not conventional weapons, and not even vocalist Andy Heintz receiving the damning diagnosis of throat cancer this April.  While Andy has faced up to that news, and the hell of the radiotherapy treatments that followed, his bandmates – ‘occult comedian’ and Radio 4 personality Andrew O’Neill (vocals/guitar), fellow stand-up comic Marc Burrow (bass/vocals), and ex-Lords of The New Church man Jez Miller (drums), have remained determined to keep the show on the road.  In June they played Glastonbury festival as a three-piece to a great response, before Marc and Andrew took their stand up show on a US tour The Men had been due to play, attracting rave reviews in New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit, and playing a one-off performance as an acoustic duo at the Steampunk World Fair in New Jersey.

 

TMTWNBBFN - Kicking Cancer's Arse

However, the most hotly-anticipated TMTWNBBFN show of the year is still to come.  With Andy now making a good recovery, the band are ready to make their big comeback as a four-piece at London’s Relentless Garage on November 14th.  Billed as a chance to join them in celebrating ‘kicking cancer’s arse’, the Garage gig will be the only their only London headline date for 2014, and will hear them debut material from the forthcoming third album, tentatively slated for release in Spring/Summer 2015.   In short, this is a night not to be missed.  Get your tickets and get down to;

Fri 14th November – LONDON, Relentless Garage
Support from The Caesarians and Nu,Pogodi
Doors 7pm.  Adv. tickets £10 from http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/the-men-that-will-not-be-blamed-for-nothing-tickets/112553

 

 

 

Keep Dieselpunks.org from falling!

Posted By on 12. September 2014

Tome Wilson, an icon of the Dieselpunk community and head behind the famed website and community dieselpunks.org needs our help!

Since its beginning in 2009 Dieselpunks.org has grown into one of the biggest and liveliest ætherweb abodes of our scene, this has also led to its associated costs have increased drastically. It has gotten to the point where Tome is no longer able to shoulder the costs all by himself.

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So, Tome has initiated a Kickstarter fundraiser to keep Dieselpunks.org fuelled and going for the foreseeable future and also expand the site. If there ever was a worthy project for our community on Kickstarter, this is it. Please consider giving your support and do not let Dieselpunks.org fall!

 

Love is a Grave – A Victorian Gothic Short Film

Posted By on 5. September 2014

A few days ago, I was contacted via the Facebook page and a short movie was pointed out to me:

Love is a Grave

Love is a Grave – a short film by Tim Stevens from Tim Stevens on Vimeo.

Tim Stevens has this to say about his short subject:

Love is a Grave was the first film I made out of film school and the first production by what became my film indie studio, Title Pending Productions. The film was a collaboration between myself and the co-founder of the studio, John Francis McCullagh. John actually plays the role of Eric in the film. The actress is Michelle Harvey (most recently starring in the TV show Salem). The soundtrack is an original score by the steampunk artist Darwin Prophet from Darwin Prophet and Chronus Mirror.

Gothic horror has been my first love since deciding that I wanted to be a director. Films like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Calegari were huge influences on my visual and creative style. Love is a Grave explores the relationship between love and death, something we all must inevitably deal with. It begs the question, do you let the death of a love one stop you in your tracks or do you find someway to move on. The structure of the film is purposefully ambiguous. What happens to Eric in the end? What was real and what was a dream? Was any of it real? Each viewer might draw their own conclusions based on their perspectives of life, death, and afterlife.

The film was shot in and around Dallas, TX. Currently, we have a screening scheduled for Sept 13th at 1pm as part of the convention Steampunk Invasion in Dallas, TX. Below are some link you might find helpful.

Our website: http://www.titlependingproductions.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/titlependingproductions

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tpprod

I can only echo Tim’s words: The film leaves you wondering, what really happened, after all, a bottle of absinth was involved at the beginning.

Was it all a delirious fantasy? Did the Green Fairy actually open the door to another realm? What I also find interesting is this: The guitar playing in the background sounds a little bit like the background tune of Diabl0. Is this a hint? Was Eric transported into his personal hell?

So many facets in such a short movie. Great work in deed, especially since it was most likely poduced on a zero budget.

EuroSteamCon 2014 – The Theme Park Event – Spread the word!

Posted By on 28. August 2014

Now this is something none of us could have imagined when EuroSteamCon started in 2012. This year, the third incarnation of EuroSteamCon will be celebrated on a number of different weekends from September to October and one of the events will be held in Katmandu Park on Mallorca.

I have featured the park before, they already have a dedicated Steampunk area, but this deserves an extra feature, so here it is, the official flyer of their 2014 EuroSteamCon event.

Feel free to share!

EuroSteamCon Katmandu Park, official flyer

Book Feature: Hand of Miriam

Posted By on 21. August 2014

As you might have noticed, the update frequency of this blog has declined in recent weeks. This is due to the fact that my studies have reached the exam phase and I want to be through with this ASAP.

Which brings me to why today I publish a book feature and not a full review.

Another piece of literature that came in through the ætherbox and I do not have the time to read at all at the moment, thus, the feature,

Hand of Miriam is more on the steamfantasy side of things, but so are the novels of my friend Anja. There is nothing wrong with steamfantasy at all.

So, without further ado, I present Hand of Miriam:

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Book Tagline: A Victorian world of supernatural creatures, magnificent airships, a secret society, and one bluestocking adventuress who, threatened by evil seeks protection by awakening the golem.

 

Book Blurb:

On an archaeological expedition, Bayla Gideon, is widowed by a supernatural force and branded with the Hand of Miriam or Knowing Eye. Threatened by evil, she awakens the golem; a mythical man of clay, who protected the Jewish community over three centuries ago.

The golem, Gesher, is surprised. Freedom –by a beautiful, enchanting woman. His desire is to return to the celestial spheres and regain his status as an avenging angel. Yet, Bayla challenges his mind, body and soul. Would he risk his return to the heavens for her? 

Besides, dealing with the otherkind, mad inventors and an unrelenting matchmaking aunt, Bayla is equally determined to resist her steamy attraction to the striking fallen angel. 

Thrust into a malevolent war, which includes facing Jack the Ripper, they must resist the magnetic pull toward each other, while protecting the world from encroaching evil.

Note: Hand of Miriam is Book 1 of a duology in Bayla and the Golem novels, which will continue after Book 2, Her Majesty’s Witch, with the steampunk adventures of other corseted but brainy members of the exclusive Bluestocking Adventuress Club.

 

Excerpt:

 

Bayla unlocked the Gemmatridon and held it as instructed. The talismans on the cover shifted into gears that twisted in rapid circles, and buzzed like irate bees while emitting light. Startled, she fumbled withit. The box opened. Inside was a small parchment. The instructions dictated that it be placed in the golem’s mouth. She carefully removed the ancient scroll and with trembling hands set it in the slit that had to be its mouth. Immediately, the parchment sunk in as if swallowed by quicksand and vanished. The chamber shook as if an earthquake had struck. She fell back still holding the box. Sitting sprawled on the floor, she froze in terror.Thankfully, the tremor stopped.

A blinding bright light erupted from the crate and the golem roared a deep menacing bellow from within.

Bayla dropped the box. What have I done? She closed her eyes from the blazing brightness and wrapped her arms and head over her knees. Like a candle snuffed out, the light vanished. The golem’s holler subsided into a grumbling moan, as if awakened from its slumber.

She dared look. The golem sat in the crate. She suppressed a scream on seeing his rigid red-stone face. He looked like a misshapen man made of hard red rock. An aleph was added in front of met. The Hebrew word for truth, emet, now inscribed on his forehead, permitting it life. It slowly rose and stepped out. Tall, its square head almost touched the ceiling. It wasn’t too monstrous in stature, perhaps six-foot-seven, and within the range of human height. It blinked open gray eyes and stared at her. His eyes were the only part that looked remotely human and revealed his soul, by holding her gaze as if he knew her.

Bayla scooted back on her bottom but kept her eyes on him. There was a connection, a warm bond that eased her fear. She couldn’t read its thoughts. Was it because it had none?

The golem turned his head to the side and spoke in a deep baritone voice, “You are a woman.”

Where to get it:

 

Author Bio

Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.

Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She once taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. When not in her den writing, she can be found at steampunk conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure.

Learn more about Eva Gordon below:


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Munchkin Steampunk is coming!

Posted By on 15. August 2014

Quick news update: The beloved Munchkin line of Games by Steve Jackson Games is getting another member: Munchkin Steampunk. For me, this is an absolute must-have, I have been playing the game for years and am especially proud of my Munchkin Cthulhu set. Iäh!

Anyways, this is the cover:

Munchkin Steampunk

I guess one or the other of you will recognise Phil Phoglio, if you are not sure from where, go to his website and ebe enlightened.

 

Munchkin Czar Andrew Hackard has this to say about the game, which says it all, really:

“We really like clockwork spider automatons, I mean, who doesn’t? And they make killing monsters and taking their stuff even better!”

 

The game is scheduled for release in mid-2015, for more news, go here: http://www.worldofmunchkin.com/steampunk/

 

Photo Credit: Steve Jackson Games, fair use

Review: Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians

Posted By on 8. August 2014

Now here comes a book I found a particular interesting challenge to review:

Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians by Paul Roland.

 

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I have co-authored a very similar book for the German market, Steampunk – kurz & geek, so I have a direct comparison and I enjoyed Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians immensely.
Paul Roland covers the whole spectrum of steampunk from its humble beginnings in literature of the 1980′s, to modern steampunk literature to music and film and so on. A number of interviews add flavour and offer the perspectives of various notables of the scene.
Also, Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians is more than just a general overview of the history of the scene and what it has to offer today, even for veterans, there is some information in there they will not be aware of.
Paul Roland’s book is for newcomers, interested outsiders, veterans and missionaries of the scene alike. A very handy, short and concise work on Steampunk, full of facts and interesting tidbits. Special bonus: The colour photo section in the middle.

Alas, Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians has, by all its attention to detail, one major flaw: It is woefully anglo-centric, apart from three entries, every single author, tinkerer, event, band, performer, film and game mentioned, is either from North America or the UK. If one was to use Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians as the sole guide to the scene, one might think, the scene does not exist anywhere else but the northern anglophone countries. The other European countries and their events and personalities are ignored, the same for Japan and South America.
In the age of the Internet, a 10 minute search reveals the whole scope of the scene, so this is a major slip-up in my view.

Still Steampunk – Back to the Future with the New Victorians gets 8 out of 10 Zeppelins.