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Jul 23 2014 5:00pm

Steampunk Events for August 2014

Mechanical Masquearade Atlantis

The hottest time of the summer is here, but you can stay cool at these fan- & propeller-friendly events. Attend a kinetic carnival in California or the Steampunk Experience in the UK. Stroll through retro-fitted small towns or party like its 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at the Mechanical Masquerade: Atlantis in Atlanta, GA. All of these events and more are selected with the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor author Tee Morris.

[August 2014 steampunk events]

Jul 22 2014 4:00pm

The League of Seven (Excerpt)

Alan Gratz

excerpt The League of Seven Alan Gratz In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz. Check out an excerpt below, and look for it August 19th from Starscape!

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Jul 1 2014 3:00pm

Steampunk Events for July 2014

Summer steampunk is underway for July. Dance the night away at full costume balls in Cornwell, England or Brisbane, Australia. Discover the Lost Circus or a secret speakeasy in New York City. Learn how to fight like Sherlock Holmes for a weekend, or race through the streets of Vallejo, CA, on your DIY ride to win the Obtainium Cup. All of these events, conventions and more are happening this month, gathered with help from Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and guest contributor Jean Martin, editor-in-chief, writer and photographer for Science Fiction/San Francisco.

[July 2014 Steampunk Events]

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 22 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Langley Hyde

Langley HydeWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Langley Hyde, author of the Highfell Grimoires, an airy steampunk adventure out on May 20 from Blind Eye Books! Hyde first fell in love with steampunk while studying abroad at Oxford University. There she spent most of her time reading about alchemy and heresy in Duke Humfrey’s Library or caressing manuscripts. She has also lived close enough to the London Science Museum that she could regularly gawk at Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 2, lurked in The Cloisters in New York City, and lived near an old German center of zeppelin manufacturing.

Join us as we drink gin and discover that zeppelins are, like, 80% animal.

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May 20 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: See You at S.H.I.E.L.D.fall, Secret Agent Natasha Romanov

Redditor mdneilson shared his wife’s fabulous mash-up of classic James Bond posters with Avengers characters, and it so perfect! Especially Clint’s transformation into a “Romanov boy” there in the top left corner. We want more!

Morning Roundup brings you news from the Potterverse, procedurals from Westeros, and the return of Sailor Moon! 

[Plus more reasons to be excited about Agent Carter!]

May 9 2014 4:00pm

Far Eastern Steampunk: Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold

Gaie Sebold Shanghia SparrowWhen we first meet Eveline “Evvie” Duchen, she is scraping together a living as a pickpocket and con artist on the streets of London. Things used to be very different for her: she lived in the country, in touch with the mysterious Other Folk and fascinated by the Etheric machines her mother built. As Gaie Sebold’s new novel Shanghai Sparrow continues, we slowly find out how exactly Evvie went from her earlier comfortable life to being a street urchin in London.

Then, her life changes again when Holmforth, an ambitious government agent of the British Empire, catches her trying to pull a con and makes her choose: get shipped off to the colonies, or join a secret boarding school for girls who might become useful to the Empire as spies...

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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 attic.hermit@gmail.com 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]

Jan 28 2014 3:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: On Land and Loneliness

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

Home, as we all know, is where the heart is. But in “Terrain” by Genevieve Valentine, published right here on Tor.com last March, both home and heart have been hard to come by.

At the outset of Valentine’s affecting novella we find our main character Faye racing to make herself scare. The men from the railroad company have come to ask Elijah about buying his land, and as people of colour, she and the other four farmhands know to stay out of their way.

Welcome, one and all, to the Old West, where racism is rife, and violence wields a long knife in the night.

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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 attic.hermit@gmail.com 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 26 2013 1:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories

The Ape's Wife

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

Neil Gaiman’s conception of Caitlin R. Kiernan as “the poet and bard of the wasted and lost” has featured on any number of Kiernan’s covers through the years, and though it was once a decent description of her position — and a quote which particularly appealed to me as a teen in a leather trench — it has seemed increasingly inaccurate in the decade and change since her debut.

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Nov 22 2013 3:00pm

Sci-Fi Actors Wearing Steampunk Clothes Designed by Prada

Prada menswear line Gary Oldman Jamie Bell Garrett Hedlund Willem Defoe

In the summer of 2012, high-end fashion line Prada unveiled photos and video of actors Willem “Green Goblin” Dafoe, Gary “Commissioner Sirius Black” Oldman, Garrett “Sam Flynn” Hedlund, and Jamie “TinTin Billy Elliot” Bell wearing their heavily steampunk-influenced fall/winter menswear line. This is a real sentence we just typed describing a real thing.

Prada describes the photo campaign by David Sims as “a subtle parody of power and role-play” and goes on to describe the steampunk-clothed actors as players in a game where every precise movement and mannerism is studied.

Click below for more photos of the actors modeling the line, along with a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot. Willem Dafoe is serving up some high-powered glower, so anyone with a heart condition should probably step back.

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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 attic.hermit@gmail.com before November 15th.

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

[Steam on in November]

Oct 29 2013 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Steampunk’s Dialectic of Core and Periphery

The Rise of Ransom City Felix Gilman

Today I’m taking a wee holiday from banging the drum about women writing science fiction and fantasy to maunder over a contrast I’ve noticed in a certain subgenre between books set in Britain, and those set in and around the USA.

I’ve been rolling over some thoughts about the difference between steampunk fantasies set on opposite sides of the Atlantic for a little while now. (Ever since reading Lilith Saintcrow’s The Iron Wyrm Affair and The Red Plague Affair.) I’m not as well read in the subgenre as I wish I could be, but comparing Saintcrow’s steampunk magic, Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate novels, and T. Aaron Payton’s The Constantine Affliction to Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century series and Felix Gilman’s The Rise of Ransom City (to take a reasonable selection of examples) leaves me with the impression that certain contrasts can be drawn. These contrasts are most visible when it comes to the treatment of geographic and political space. It would require closer and more academic reading than I’ve done to investigate whether similar contrasts can be mapped in social space, but I suspect that may well be possible, too.

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Oct 16 2013 9:30am

Geeks of Color Assemble! Minorities in Fandom and Geek Culture at NYCC 2013!

This was the only panel I attended that wasn’t majority white and male. Over half of the audience were cosplaying to various degrees, including one audience member, Shyaporn Theerakulstit, who won Friday night’s costume contest with his Khan.

The panelists were award-winning writer N.K. Jemisin, games writer and critic Jeffrey L. Wilson, Emmanuel Ortiz, who runs Nerd Caliber, Muse en Lystrala, a writer and classical musician, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, the founding editor of Islam and Science Fiction, and two cosplayers, Ger Tysk, cosplaying Evil-Lyn, and Jay Justice, cosplaying Scarlet Witch. The moderator, Diana Pho, is an Editorial Assistant at Tor Books, blogs for Tor.com, and maintains the Beyond Victoriana multicultural steampunk website. She was wearing a gorgeous outfit she called “Asian Steampunk,” and had, unbeknownst to the audience and panelists, just been accosted by a group of men who were using fake business cards to “interview” cosplayers. Her remarks on this incident have fed into a larger debate about gender and representation at the Con, and in the geek community as a whole, that shows how much we need conversations like the one I’ve tried to capture below.

[Click through for a recap of the panel!]

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!]