“Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, the drama centers on the battle for power between two rival families,” Deadline reports of Spark, a new ABC drama “of passion, greed and hope in a Steampunk reality, circa 2016.”
On March 25, one of the year’s best genre films is going to be released. It’s not live-action, it’s not American, but it’s got more life and wonder in it than 90 percent of the films released in the States combined. It’s a French, steampunk animation called April and the Extraordinary World and we’re excited to…
Lately, the Western novel has been getting really fun again. Most of us probably think of Louis L’Amour’s, or maybe Joe Lansdale’s classic Weird West stories. But there’s a slew of new Westerns, featuring diverse characters and bracing new storylines. We talked to four authors about the new wave of Westerns.
The French, steampunk anime April and the Extraordinary World is the rousing, science-based adventure you wanted Disney’s Tomorrowland to be. It’s simultaneously an exciting roller coaster ride, while also stimulating your intellect by presenting a fascinating alternate history.
“The kids love the Batman! They love the gears and the steams and the punkiness! They also love mashing things together!”—someone, somewhere at Square-Enix, before deciding to unleash this wonderfully insane action figure onto the general populace.
You gotta hand it to designer Tom Ford. He’s a real innovator when it comes to smartwatch hacks. He’s taken away the most annoying parts of the Apple Watch—like having to wear it on your wrist all the time—and turned it into a cute little phone you can simply tuck into your vest pocket. Genius!
In Molly Tanzer’s excellent debut novel Vermilion, Elouise ‘Lou’ Merriweather works the dead of San Francisco: she’s a psychopomp, helping souls find eternal rest. When Chinese immigrants begin vanishing, she sets off to discover what happened to them, only to discover a larger plot that places her in mortal peril.
Cornetto trilogy director Edgar Wright is the latest person to turn in a draft of Dodge and Twist, a movie sequel to Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, set in 19th century, Victorian steampunk England (based somewhat upon the "more serious" novel by former Doctor Who comic writer Tony Lee).
You probably knew that authors like K.W. Jeter helped create the genre of Steampunk, which eventually became the publishing and fashion juggernaut we all know today. But did you know that King Arthur played an important role in the genesis of the genre? Tim Powers explains in a new interview.
Samantha Bryan first started making fairies because of a project assigned to her at school. Eventually. she became curious about the the everyday life of her fairies, incorporating research into Victorian inventions into that idea. The result are these decidedly less sparkling and ephemeral fairies.
Love it or loathe it, Steampunk is an alluring aesthetic to turn to for creating wacky and wonderful looking inventions - and in this new book by Lego builder Guy Himber there's plenty to enjoy, with not a superfluous cog in sight. There's a lot of plastic bricks though.
Lego Star Wars Fan site From Bricks to Bothans recently held a contest that tasked users with picking vehicles and starships from the Star Wars universe and re-imagining them as Steampunk Lego creations - and the results were pretty goddamn magnificent.
Pulguinha the Steampunk Guinea Pig doesn't need a jetpack, because he has a pair of brass and leather wings, perfect for soaring high among the airships.
We tend to idealize the past. We file off a lot of the rough edges, imagine everybody having better teeth, and generally tone down a lot of the ugliness. This can be problematic — especially when we soften the depiction of past atrocities. And science fiction and fantasy contribute to this.
Most histories of that wonderful subgenre of science fiction called "steampunk" list Ronald Clark's 1967 novel,Queen Victoria's Bomb as the first. But was this really the first steampunk novel? Here's another possible contender.
The Victorians sure loved to dissect and categorize. What if one of their famed naturalists got his or her hands on a robot? That's the fanciful idea behind this art by Oliver-Quellette, called "Victorian Robot Autopsy; Rose, Wax and Creosote."
In an alternate reality Charles Babbage's difference engine and Ada Lovelace's computer programming led us into a world filled with brass-keyed laptops with phonograph speaker systems. Several artists have brought that imagined reality to life, building working computers with a steampunk edge.
Sure, that's a bold claim, but we can back it up. Steampunk has gotten pretty strange on occasion — but it's never gone to such bizarre, Python-esque places as Paul Di Filippo took it to. And at last, The Steampunk Trilogy is out as an ebook (and a new paperback edition) on July 8.