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Mar 21 2014 1:00pm

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

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]

Jan 28 2014 3:00pm

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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 29 2013 11:00am

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

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, 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

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 2 2013 11:30am

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 4 2013 9:00am
Original Story

Spring, 1890, and England needs a hero. Gideon Smith is yet to step up to the role as public protector of the Empire, but in the background and the shadows, Mr Walsingham pulls strings to keep the often outlandish threats to Britain and her interests at bay. It is a role that lies heavy on his shoulders, and here we find him composing his end-of-year report to Queen Victoria. “Business As Usual” is a standalone novelette that takes place some months before the events of the forthcoming steampunk/Victoriana novel from Tor Books (Snowbooks in the UK), Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, which is published in September.

This novelette was acquired and edited for by Senior Editor Claire Eddy.

[Read “Business As Usual” by David Barnett]

Aug 28 2013 5:00pm

Steampunk Events September 2013Starting with the tail end of Dragon*Con’s Alternate History Track (featured last month), this fall’s steampunk events season continues with fashion shows and art galleries in London, a continent-wide network of conventions reaching across the UK, Hungary, France and Spain, and many more. With the help of my co-contributor Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez aka the Mr. Saturday of Mr. Saturday & Sixpence we bring to you the our monthly listing of steampunk and steam-friendly events from around the world.

Missed seeing your event here? Comment below. Looking to see your future event listed? Email before September 15th with the details!

[September 2013 steampunk events worldwide]

Aug 21 2013 12:35pm

Avril Lavigne Rock N Roll video steampunk sharkbear comics

Okay, so we’re all confused as to how Avril Lavigne is still a thing, since her skater-girl-teen-queen years have passed, but if she’s determined to hold that throne... well, no one’s going to take it from her, so that’s okay?

While most of us geeks would normally be ambivalent to her progress as an artist(e), one can’t help but notice that her new music video contains a strange mondo-mixture of... well, “nerd-cred” was already a passe term on inception, so I’m just going to say that you should watch the “Rock N Roll” music video at least once.

[Billy Zane? Why are you rocketing away from Earth?]

Aug 21 2013 9:00am
Original Story

“Work Sets You Free,” by David Barnett, is an original short story featuring the protagonist of the forthcoming novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (Tor Books [US] and Snowbooks [UK], September 2013). Gideon is a young fisherman in Yorkshire, England, in an alternate 1890, who embarks on a journey to find Captain Lucian Trigger, the famed Hero of the Empire, to deal with a mystery plaguing his home village. This story takes place as the naive Gideon sets off for London, but on the way encounters a very dark side to the British Empire's insatiable hunger for resources....

This original novelette was acquired and edited for by senior editor Claire Eddy.

[Read “Work Sets You Free” by David Barnett]

Aug 20 2013 8:00am

Lovecraft Country Massachusetts Map

Today is H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with a road trip to such delightful spots as Innsmouth, Arkham, and Miskatonic University? For all the occasional—well, okay, constant—excesses of Lovecraft’s prose, his ability to create settings and imbue New England with utter horror have been hugely influential on the genre. The Obsidian Portal hosts the Lovecraft Country series, celebrating exactly this quality, and providing maps for all your non-Euclidian driving needs. Just keep the windows rolled up if you end up driving past any fish-men on a hot summer’s day.

The eldritch horrors of today’s Morning Roundup include: deep thoughts about Doctor Who, art from Frank Herbert’s Dune, and robot sex!

[The robot sex is strictly Euclidian.]

Aug 15 2013 9:00am

“Peace! Count the clock.”

It isn’t one of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines. But it is one of the Bard’s rare chronological mistakes. When the clock chimes in Julius Caesar, most readers wouldn’t bat an eyelid. Except the chiming clock wasn’t around in 44 BC, so Brutus and Cassius were far more likely to be looking at a sundial than counting chimes. Shakespeare is by no means the only writer to have made such an error.

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Aug 2 2013 1:30pm

The dog days of summer are upon us, so it’s time to dress down and put up your parasols. Join fellow steampunks on time-traveling weekends, picnicking at castles, or at one of the mega-conventions of the year, Dragon*Con! Thanks to Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our monthly guest contributor Doctor Zachariah E. Fantastique of Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders for their help in gathering some of the most exciting steampunk and steam-friendly events this month.

If we overlooked yours, feel free to plug in the comments. If you’d like to see your event here next month, please email me at with the details by August 15th

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

[August events tally-ho!]