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May 23 2014 4:00pm

Steampunk Events for June 2014

Steampunk events June 2014

Steampunk conventions are rolling in like wildfire this June. Take a trip to Scandinavia to attend festivals in Iceland or Sweden, or head further south for convivials in the UK or Italy. Stateside, party during a retro-futuristic club night in Los Angeles, check out the newest steampunk artworks in Colorado, or attend your nearest local event in Washington, Michigan, or North Carolina.

With the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributor steampunk DJ and director of The Artifice Club, Doctor Q, check out some of the most exciting happenings to kick off the summer.

[June 2014 Steampunk Events]

May 5 2014 10:00am

Forbidden Planet Events and How We Run Them

Forbidden Planet Have you ever wondered what it is like to work for the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer? Last year I was lucky enough to secure a job working at Forbidden Planet’s head office.

I work closely with Danie Ware and together (with Danie in the lead), we run all the marketing and events for all nine Forbidden Planet stores and the website. We also represent Forbidden Planet at cons and other events. It’s a fantastic job, getting to work with books and merchandise that I love! But there’s a lot more to running the events than most people imagine. Here, I interview Danie about how we run our events…

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Apr 30 2014 7:30am

The First Confession of Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Claire North

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week, we begin with the first confession of Claire North, “a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels.” That’s what we knew. Now we know who.

Later on, a bunch of stuff about The Bone Clocks, including interactive cover art and a comment that indicates we’ll be seeing some familiar faces in David Mitchell’s exciting new novel. Stay tuned, too, for news of a live debate about gender in the genre, and loads of links in Odds and Sods, not least to two different and I dare say dismaying visions of the bookstores of the future.

Apr 28 2014 12:30pm

Join Team for Star Wars Bar Trivia: Saturday, May 3rd!

Hey, New Yorkers—do you love Star Wars? Do you like bars (and/or cantinas)? Is your knowledge of the Original Star Wars Trilogy as deep and deadly as the Great Pit of Carkoon? Well, here’s your chance to shine, young padawan: is sponsoring an epic afternoon of Star Wars-themed bar trivia, hosted by the amazing quizmasters of Trivial Dispute (voted NYC’s Best Bar Trivia by The Village Voice), from 3 to 6 PM on Saturday, May 3rd to celebrate Star Wars Day just a tiny bit early…

The showdown will take place at The Charleston (174 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn) and will feature Star Wars-inspired drinks, shot questions, and Star Wars prizes for the winning teams (including books from the fine folks at Del Rey!) Since this is bar trivia, you must be 21 or over to attend, and you may want to get there early to grab a table—check out the event page here for more info, and find out more about Trivial Dispute’s fabulous weekly trivia events and geeky theme nights over on their Facebook page…and may the force be with you!

Apr 25 2014 1:00pm

Steampunk Events for May 2014

May has always been a popular time of year for steampunk fests, this year being no exception. Conventions large and small abound: attend a steampunk con to help support women fighting cancer in West Virginia. Party like its 1899 at the Steampunk World’s fair in New Jersey. For the international folks, check out conventions and events in New Zealand, Germany, and France. As always, Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador brings the best that the aethernetz are touting; we’re also joined by guest contributor author and editor Sarah Hans.

[May 2014 Steampunk Events]

Mar 21 2014 1:00pm

Steampunk Events for April 2014

Spring is here (at last, at long last!) and steampunk events are popping out in time for the warmer weather. Party with pirates in Las Vegas. Watch the industrial histories come alive in Springfield, MA, Bridgeport, CT, and other towns across the United States. Or take trip to Paris to see Abney Park perform! All of these events and more are gathered right here, brought to you by Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and our guest contributor author Eileen Gunn. We also had help from the newest events listing for aether-gatherings: the Steampunk Events Calendar sponsored by Steampunk World’s Fair. So take a gander after the jump!

[April 2014 Steampunk Events Around the World]

Feb 28 2014 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for March 2014

Nevermind thinking of lions and lambs, have some retrofuturistic adventures this March! Visit fesitvals in France, Argentina, and Tuscon, Arizona, get a taste of the Victorian Gothic in New York, or wander around Wales. Join Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributor author Ellie Ann Soderstrom as we highlight our favorite events from around the world.

Did we miss out on your event? Trumpet your horns in the comments below. Looking to be featured here next month? Email me at with the details by the Ides of March (otherwise known as the 15th, for the Shakepeaean-disinclined).

Descriptions are taken from the events Facebook or website, unless stated otherwise.

[March 2013 Steampunk Events]

Feb 24 2014 11:00am

Party Time TONIGHT! 100 Free Drinks and 4 Tor Authors on Monday, February 24th

Tor Books Author Event Brian Staveley Ramona Wheeler James Cambias David Edison

Come party with Tor Books authors Brian Staveley, Ramona Wheeler, James Cambias, and David Edison TONIGHT, Monday, February 24th, at 7:30pm in NYC!

Housing Works Bookstore will host a party featuring drinks and nerdery as these debut authors mix and mingle. The first 100 drinks will be free, and purchased books will come with a brand new limited-edition tote bag! irregular Ryan Britt will act as host for the night’s festivities, so it promises to be a dapper evening.

For those that like to organize their social calendars via Facebook, here is the event page

[Learn more about these fabulous debut authors!]

Feb 19 2014 8:30am

Imagine Shenanigans

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

In this edition, Patrick Ness—the multiple award-winning author of More Than This and more—makes an impassioned plea about power as it regards reading and writing... a plea which his peer Robert Muchamore describes as “some kind of doom laden literary crisis.”

Who’s in the right? You decide. But the answer is Ness, yes?

Later today, a quick Kitsch, because I couldn’t resist—then this week’s links, in which there’s news of another new Stephen King novel, self-publishing’s poster boy Hugh Howey discusses his specialist subject, and keep your eyes peeled for what must be the best wordplay of the week.

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Jan 23 2014 6:00pm

Steampunk Events for February 2014

Steampunk Events February 2014

February may be the shortest month of the year, but we have some big plans for it. Namely, check out the announcement from Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, after the jump about “Steampunk Hands Around the World,” a new blogging even spanning the aetherwebz to highlight steampunk communities around the globe. If you are looking for some new people to meet, I highly recommend following along this month. For offline funtimes, people can check out the steampunk and “of-steam-interest” events below, gathered here with the help of our guest contributor & fellow Tor author Leanna Renee Hieber.

[Steampunk Events Around the World in 28 Days]

Dec 31 2013 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for January 2014

Still buzzing off the holiday cheer? Extend the celebration into 2014 by attending some steampunk events for your New Year’s Resolution. This is the third year that Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and I have brought you the latest retrofuturistically-inclinded events from around the world, and we’re excited to have a line-up of guest contributors to help give some additional insights. To begin 2014, we have returning contributor Pablo Vasquez, the co-chair for ’Aetherfest, on-hand to bring some Texas know-how to the list.’

Did we miss out on your event for January? Give a shout in the comments below. People can also submit future events to be featured too. Email by January 15th, 2014 with the details for upcoming February happenings.

All descriptions are taken from the event’s website or Facebook unless stated otherwise.

[Wind-up for 2014]

Dec 3 2013 6:00pm

Steampunk Events for December 2013

The end of 2013 is around the corner, but there are several steampunk events waiting to be enjoyed before the year is out. Ring in 2014 with The Clockwork Cabaret, attend a “Steampunk Camp” in Australia, or pay a tribute to A Christmas Carol at The Dickens Fair in California.

These celebrations and festivities, plus many more, are listed below, found with help from Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor Jean Martin, the editor-in-chief, writer and photographer for Science Fiction/San Francisco.

[December 2013 steampunk events]

Nov 7 2013 11:00am

From Sindbad to Sci-Fi: Summing Up a Salon on Arab SF

Murat Palta illustration Terminator

I recently had the pleasure of participating in an event discussing “Arab Science Fiction” under the auspices of the Nour Festival, a London-based celebration of Arabic culture now in its fourth year. Conceived of, organised and produced by Yasmin Khan (and recently covered by the BBC), “From Sindbad to Sci-Fi” was a salon-style discussion involving Samira Ahmed, Ziauddin Sardar, Khyle Alexander Raja, and myself, moderated by Quentin Cooper.

The evening was to be divided into two parts: in the first half, each of us would be invited to speak for up to ten minutes about our relationship with or views about science fiction as related to the Arab world, and in the second, we would form a panel to discuss questions posed by Cooper, respondents, and members of the audience.

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Nov 6 2013 8:30am

A Smörgåsbord of Awards

British Fantasy Society

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

After four fun-filled days, World Fantasy Con came to a close for another year on Sunday evening—much to the misery of its many attendees, who I gather had a terrific time. But some good news came out of the conclusion of the con too, not least the announcement of the winners of several significant genre awards. So to begin with today, we’ll work our way through the many and various victors.

Later on, in Cover Art Corner, Hodder have launched the cover of Sarah Lotz’s first fully-fledged work of unassisted fiction, whilst Eric Brown revealed the artwork which will adorn his next new book, namely Jani and the Greater Game.

Last but not least, I’ve gathered together recent reports on a small army of acquisitions, beginning with news of a surprise prequel to Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy.

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Nov 1 2013 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for November 2013

This November, conventions, galas, and art shows galore fill up the autumn calendar. With the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambasador, and our guest contributor Lee Ann Farruga (a.k.a. Countessa Lenora) of Steampunk Canada, we bring to you a variety of interesting steampunk & steam-friendly events that the world has to offer.

Did we missed out on your gilded occasion? Give a shout-out in the comments below. Your event can also be featured here next month—feel free to email the details to me at before November 15th.

All descriptions taken from the event website or Facebook, unless stated otherwise.

[Steam on in November]

Oct 30 2013 7:30am

Let the Con Commence!

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Now I’ve been to some fantastic Halloween parties in my time, seen some awesome costumes and played some delectably dangerous games. But this year, due to deadlines and the release of Outlast and the sequel to Amnesia in early September, I kind of feel like I’ve had my fill of Halloween for 2013. Say you feel similarly, for whatever reason... well have I got news for you! The biggest speculative fiction shindig to take place in the UK in ages kicks off tomorrow.

We lead this week with a lot of talk about World Fantasy Con, of course. Later on, in Cover Art Corner, Bête, Adam Roberts’ odd new novel, is Banished by former blogger Liz de Jager’s debut. And finally, HarperCollins Voyager’s UK Publishing Director Jane Johnson fights for the future of epic fantasy.

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Oct 10 2013 5:00pm

A Steampunk’s Guide to New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is upon us! Let’s see what the largest geek event in NYC has to offer for the brassy ‘n’ sassy set.

Flip through the suggested list below for panels to scope out at the Javits Center. Included are various “of steampunk interest” events too, (which explains Legend of Korra and Doctor Who among these items. But c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see John Barrowman?)

Comment below with any suggestions of other panels you’re excited about, vendors to pursue, and afterparties to crash!

[Fasten your goggles folks!]

Oct 7 2013 2:00pm

Check Out First Second and MacKids at NYCC—Featuring the Premiere of Battling Boy!

New York Comic Con NYCC MacKids First Second

First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce a fantastic line-up for this year’s New York Comic-Con. Plus, everyone from Jeff Smith to Junot Diaz loves Battling Boy! Paul Pope’s acclaimed new adventure for kids is making its debut at NYCC this year—come check out the book and catch Paul at one of his appearances listed below. First Second will be exhibiting at NYCC 2013 at Booth #2237—hope to see you there!

[Click through for all the authors and programming!]

Oct 2 2013 11:30am

Steampunk Events for October 2013

October has always been a big month for steampunk events (must be the “dressing-up” appeal). From conventions to lectures to picnics to Halloween balls, we have a list of noteworthy events, assembled with the help from Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and Mr. Jordan Bodewell of and

Want to see your event here? Email me at before October 15th to get your event name-dropped for next month.

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Sep 18 2013 1:45pm

Singularity&Co is Turning One Year Old! Let’s Party!

Exactly one year ago this coming September 20th, Singularity&Co opened its doors. With a mission to “Save the Sci-fi” and all other genres we love, their DUMBO-based bookstore has been home to droves of lovely bookshelves and the I, Reader Reading Series, hosted by Ryan Britt.

So this Friday, we encourage everyone within jogging/pedalling/motoring distance to head on down to 18 Bridge Street in Brooklyn to celebrate the store’s first birthday! There will be a costume contest, a trivia death match, drinks, and maybe a cake! You will also get a sneak peak at the relaunch of I, Reader, which will henceforth be known as the Lust for Genre Reading Series, hosted by Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin.

Come on down (in your favorite costume)! It may not be Halloween yet, but we’re ready to party like it is!