This weekend I’ll be at ConnectiCon instigating havoc with my steampunk friends and helping out with several panels. On top of that, “Steam Around the World: Steampunk Beyond Victoriana” is making a comeback! I’m wicked excited to be presenting this panel again. For all attendees, feel free to stop in–
Saturday, July 10th
7:30 – 8:30 PM
Room Location: Check your schedules
And for those of you in the area, I will also be at the Steampunk Bizarre on Sunday for the steampunk meet-up. There should be some nifty artists presenting their work, so I hope to see some of you there too.
In the meantime, check out the collection of links for your viewing/reading pleasure.
This linkspam is a bit Eastern-heavy this time around. Steampanku is a WIP writing project about an alternative history world where Japan was the country that kick-started the nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. There are several very interesting posts about the author’s research during this time period.
Speaking about nineteenth century Asian histories, Free the Princess is recently posted a brief history of 19th-century China and about Japan’s Choshu Five & the Beginnings of Modern Japanese Culture.
JStrider also talks about the possibilities of steampunk Japan and includes cool clips of gakken karakuri robot dolls.
For New Yorkers, check out the Museum for the City of New York. They’re hosting an exhibit about the first Japanese delegation to the US, with a focus on their visit to the Big Apple in 1860. The New York Times wrote a feature article about this delegation, focusing on Tateishi Onojiro, the youngest samurai in the delegation who was also quite the heartthrob for swooning women throughout the city.
In the sci-fi mag Expanded Horizons, Jaymee Goh wrote a wonderfully compelling steampunk tale about politics on the high seas (and airs) where people from different nations, cultures, and faiths cross paths when a Western ship tries to establish an outpost in southeast Asia: Between Islands.
Woo Chin Foo was a Chinese immigrant to the US and the first known Asian-American activist who fought anti-Chinese sentiment during the Victorian Era. He has since faded into obscurity, but you can read more about him here.
You can also read this fascinating article over on Racialicious where guest contributor Macon D. writes about a local election campaign in Alabama where the candidate poses as a freedom-defending cowboy to prove how tough and vigilant he is. Macon, however, deconstructs the American “white cowboy myth” and how a majority of the historical cowboys weren’t actually white or free, but many were Hispanic, black, and Native American workers controlled by their white employers.
For those interested in the history of technology and mass production, check out this article about the 58,000 year old paint factory found in Africa.
And to add a new international steampunk blog to the steam community, take a gander at Dracula Steampunk, the first Romanian steampunk blog (the Romanian language version is called Aburistul). According to their site, the editors say that “Our goal is to bring steampunk to the country of Dracula where it was borne the most enduring retro futuristic model melted in a cultural crucible.”
Mdm McCoy from the Steampunk Empire gave me the following two links:
Here is a true love story worthy of an anime: during the Victorian era, Mitsuko Aoyoma was a young Japanese teen who fell in love with an Austro-Hungarian count and became Countess Coudenhove-Kalergi. Jacques Guerlain later created a perfume in her honor named Mitsouko.
And The Guardian in the UK wrote about some notable black Victorians.
Straddling the line between atomicpunk and post-apocalyptic fare, The Koi of Hungwa nevertheless gives me Firefly vibes and is nicely acted to boot.
And for those who missed out on the 1001 Inventions exhibit about science & technology in the Muslim World at the London Science Museum, you can still see the award-winning short film associated with the exhibit. And it also stars Sir Ben Kingsley too!
Telophase collected all the non-Eurocentric steampunk entries from the CG Artists’ Steampunk Myths & Legends contest. Here is a full listing of them on her journal and some are also featured below.