A brief announcement to throw my weight in promoting an NYC event tonight to help support one of the key event coordinators here in the area: Gil Cnaan. I first met Gil several years ago — a tall, bearded fellow always with a sense of humor and a pair of goggly eyes on his top hat — who has always been welcoming to people in the community. He’s currently being hospitalized and so several artists, including Voltaire, Platform One, and Psyche Corporation are gathering together to play & raise money for him at The Anachronism 4.5.
From their website:
Our beloved longtime artistic director, Gil Cnaan, is currently in the hospital with heart failure. Gil has worked pretty tirelessly to support the Steampunk, Gothic, and Geek communities. We want to to give something back.
“Dracula Meets The Clockwork Man” was created to honor all of those communities, and to fundraise for Gil’s recover…and, importantly, to throw an absolutely fantastic event and party. This is NOT just a benefit – we’re not asking you to come out just because it’s a good cause. We have an absolutely incredible lineup of shows; we have an amazingly friendly wandering cast; we have some fantastic and unique cocktails; we’ve got some spectacular artwork on display; and we’ve got death-defying sense of fun. Our friend Gil has spent the past decade creating amazing shows; we can honor him best if we make an event that you’re going to flat-out love. So those are our twin goals.
If you are in the area, hope to see you there!
This is only tangential to Beyond Victoriana, but since this is steampunk-related, I’m making the announcement here as well as my personal blog.
Last week, I received word that my responsibilities at Tor.com have changed, and I will no longer be responsible for maintaining Tor.com Steampunk Facebook and Twitter feeds. I will remain, however, on-board as Tor.com’s blogger for all things steam-worthy and thensome.
I’m saddened by this news, especially since I highly enjoyed seeing both Facebook & Twitter grow exponentially since I was first given the responsibility last December. But I also know that the publishing industry is going through some belt-tightening times. It’s an understandable and ugly reality in this economy.
Nevertheless, I look forward to continuing my working relationship with Tor.com as I’m involved in the steampunk community. Beyond Victoriana, of course, isn’t going anywhere (and you can follow on Facebook too!). Additionally, I’m working on a new venture with Tor to spotlight steampunk events & announcements and am still interested in press releases for anything steampunk-related for consideration to post on Tor.com. The steampunk links will still be coming via my personal Twitter at writersyndome. Press releases and publicity outreach can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks, everyone, for your understanding & support through this transition.
While other people avoided hurricane stormclouds left and right during the last Saturday in August, I celebrated my fiancee’s birthday by heading over to Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA, where my friends and I entered a curious building run by the interactive entertainment group 5 Wits. We bought tickets to what first appeared to be a steampunk art exhibition sponsored bySteamPuffin and walked into a room containing dazzling artwork, including a rotating gearwork table and neo-Victorian mixed media pieces. The only other person there introduced himself as Ryan, the intern at 5 Wits, who was busy with a feather duster cleaning the displays. Nothing much is going on, he explained, except for the unfortunate water damage that happened in the building (with the pre-Hurricane Irene rains pouring outside, it set up an appropriate backdrop). Suddenly, the lights dimmed, the sound of grinding gears were heard, and one of the paintings slid open to reveal a hidden door to a rusted metal room….
Read the rest over on Tor.com!
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Elsa's steampunk'd folding walking cane, made in accordance with walking canes for the visually-impaired. Designed and crafted by Michael Salerno.
Before I can begin telling you about eyepatches in the steampunk community, I should probably explain why I’m qualified to discuss the issue. I was born with cataracts. I was fortunate enough to maintain the sight in my left eye, but I can’t see anything out of my right. I would wear an eyepatch, but unfortunately since I’m not allowed to wear contact lenses the ability to accessorize with a patch is completely out of reach. Not only that, but I carry a white cane because I have no depth perception. Those of you who have worn an eyepatch probably have experienced this issue. This is what I have to talk to you about today – why on earth would someone choose to impair themselves for fashion purposes, especially given that the disability which you are using is often one that comes with serious emotional attachments. To be clear, I wear corsets, and so do a lot of other people, but rarely is the dialogue associated with a corset one in which the individual wearing it says that they wear the corset because of an injury.
At long last, The Steampunk Bible is now available in stores.
So many fabulous people in the community have contributed to this book (Full Disclosure: Including myself ^_~). This is a must-read for anyone interested in the latest within our quickly-evolving subculture.
Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.
Many thanks to Jeff Vandermeer & Selena Chambers for all their hard work in putting together this beautiful book. It’s a true testament to the creative and intellectual forces that really drive all of us to do the stuff we do.
More sneak-peek pictures under the cut.
For those of you who know me well (or even not so well), my current Day Job is in sci-fi publishing. And with that comes some great opportunities. Last year, I interviewed Cherie Priest at Dragon*Con. More recently, I sat down with Scott Westerfeld at the gorgeous King’s Carriage House in New York City for a one-on-one chat about his Leviathan trilogy:
In addition, tonight I participated with several other notable steampunks in Average Intelligence’s podcast. For those who had missed out, you can still listen to the whole thing here.