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Oct 20 2010 9:52am

Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com

Last year at around this time, Tor.com was deep in the throes of Steampunk Month, our first attempt to focus on a specific topic for a short period of time and see what we could say about it. A year later, steampunk is still hunting for the tiniest glimmers of recognition within mainstream culture. Whereas, in our corner of the world, you can’t take more than a few steps without encountering a glittering new dirigible or an old standby whose brass accents are being buffed to a high sheen. Everyone has an opinion about steampunk these days.*

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t new people coming to the scene every day, new paths being forged, and new twists on the already mind-boggling resurgence of Victorian science fiction. For the next two weeks (October 20-November 3, 2010), Tor.com will survey the field and see where some of these developments are headed, as well as trying to discuss some of our favorite topics with new depth.

Welcome to Steampunk Fortnight. Everything old is new again, again.

* Though, if you don’t, that’s fine too: the introduction and many of the posts in last year’s Steampunk Month are a great place to start.

Here’s a list of just some of the things to expect during Steampunk Fortnight:

  • Musings on the genre from a host of esteemed guest bloggers, including Tim Akers, Jared Axelrod, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, S. J. Chambers, Amal El-Mohtar, G. D. Falksen, Fábio Fernandes, Chris Garcia, Jaymee Goh, Clay and Susan Griffith, Stephen Hunt, Evelyn Kriete, Jeff Mach, Dexter Palmer, Mike Perschon, Mike Resnick, Nisi Shawl, and Diana Vick.
  • Original steampunk fiction from Felix Gilman, Eileen Gunn, and Cat Rambo.
  • Tor.com-exclusive wallpaper by Sydney Padua of “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage” fame.
  • Coverage of steampunk events such as the Steampunk Indie Mart and The Anachronism at Webster Hall.
  • Copious giveaways, including books, costume elements, convention passes, and H.M.S. Stubbington tattoos.

Here’s a running tab of what’s already been posted:

Blog Posts

10/20: Steampunk Fortnight on Tor.com (this post) by Liz Gorinsky
10/20: The Great Steampunk Timeline by Stephen Hunt
10/20: The Ao Dai and I: A Personal Essay on Cultural Identity and Steampunk by Ay-Leen the Peacemaker
10/21: A Sneak Peek into The Steampunk Bible: Jeff VanderMeer Interviews Co-Author S.J. Chambers by Jeff VanderMeer
10/21: The Weird Weird West by Diana Vick
10/21: Excerpt from The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder
10/21: Valkyria Chronicles: A Spectacular Period Mashup in Tactical, Turn-Based Form by David Pucik
10/22: The Amazing Fantastic Steampunk Timeline of Music and Things by Evelyn Kriete
10/22: Frequency Rotation: Lionel Jeffries and friends, “The Roses of Success” by Jason Heller
10/22: Get Your Steam on II: New Steampunk Events the World Over by Liz Gorinsky
10/23: Excerpt from The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith
10/25: Steampunk and History by GD Falksen
10/25: Pimp My Ride (With Brass and Velvet!): Five Steampunk Vehicles You Wish You Could Take For a Spin by Ryan Britt
10/25: Gaslight: The First Steampunk Amusement Park by Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Garcia
10/26: The Common Ground of the Punk by Tim Akers
10/26: Steampunk Abstractions: On Commodification by Jaymee Goh
10/26: Smells Like Steam Spirit: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Phoenix Steamworks Series by S.J. Chambers
10/26: Steampunk Archetypes by Diana Vick
10/27: Stupid Things We Say by Nisi Shawl
10/27: Building A Raygun For The Flying City by Jared Axelrod
10/27: Review: Resonance of Fate by
Dexter Palmer
10/27: Excerpt from The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
10/27: Goodbye Tomorrow, Hello Yesterday by Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Garcia
10/28: Behold the Machine: The Vernian Process and Steampunk Music 2.0 by Brian Slattery
10/28:  Do Goggles Block the Sun?: Steampunk in Africa by Clay and Susan Griffith
10/28: Open Up the Steamer’s Trunk by Jeni Hellum
10/28:  The Steampunk Civil War by GD Falksen
10/29: Towards a Steampunk Without Steam by Amal El-Mohtar
10/29: An interview with Andrew W. Marlowe about Castle’s recent steampunk episode by Evelyn Kriete and GD Falksen
10/29: From Brazil With Steam by Fabio Fernandes
10/29: So Much Steampunk, They Had to Say it Twice: Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded Review by Ay-leen the Peacemaker
10/29: The Analog Gamer: Steampunk 3D by Bob Gallo
10/30: Steam (Punk)? by Mark Hodder
10/30: Demons and Deities in Felix Gilman’s The Half-Made World: A review of sorts, w/Academic Shenanigans throughout by Mike Perschon
10/30: Excerpt from The Horns of Ruin By Tim Akers
10/31: Excerpt from The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
10/31: Review: Steampunk: Historias de um Passado Extraordinario by Fabio Fernandes
11/1: The Tesla Tragedy by GD Falksen
11/1: Excerpt from Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
11/1: Tom and Tombstone by Mike Resnick
11/1: ABC Cancels The Cleveland Steamers by Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Garcia
11/2: Steampunk Abstractions: The Inevitability of Imperialism by Jaymee Goh
11/2: Pre-Reimagining Steampunk by Jeff Mach
11/2: Review: Vaporpunk: Relatos Steampunk Publicados Sob As Ordens De Suas Majestades by Fabio Fernandes
11/2: “Steampunk Fortnight Steams Off” by Liz Gorinsky

Stories and Wallpaper

10/20: “Clockwork Fairies” by Cat Rambo
10/27: “Lightbringers and Rainmakers” by Felix Gilman
10/27: Steampunk Fortnight Wallpaper by Sydney Padua

10/28: Steampunk Quartet by Eileen Gunn, comprised of:

  10/28: A Different Engine
  10/29: Day After the Cooters
  11/1: The Perdido Street Project
  11/2: Internal Devices

Giveaways

10/20: Pendants from RockLove’s Anthology Collection by Liz Gorinsky
10/21: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: New Books from Pyr by Management Services
10/22: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Steampunk Convention Passes by Management Services
10/25: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Chrononaut Mercantile Pendant by Management Services
10/26: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Phoenix Steamworks from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab by Management Services
10/27: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Retroscope Gift Certificate by Management Services
10/28:  Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Steampunk Library by Management Services
10/29: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Sweet Libertine Eyeshadows by Management Services
11/1: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Chrononaut Mercantile Belt by Management Services
11/2: Steampunk Fortnight Giveaway: Books From Tor by Management Services

It is well established at this point that Tor.com is fond of steampunk, but here are just a few of the dispatches from the genre that we’ve featured in the past year:


Liz Gorinsky is an editor at Tor Books. She thinks everyone can use a few more automata in their lives.

7 comments
Michael Burke
1. Ludon
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t new people coming to the scene every
day, new paths being forged, and new twists on the already mind-boggling
resurgence of Victorian science fiction.

From talking with people at this year's Archon in St. Louis, I think we may see some interesting crossovers into other story lines - One suggestion I liked was Steampunk Borg.
Erika A.
2. brownjawa
I'm looking forward to the next two weeks! Steampunk Month was one of my favorite events on Tor.com. :)
Rob Blake
4. Rob Blake
I must disagree with the comment that: "A year later, steampunk is still hunting for the tiniest glimmers of recognition within mainstream culture."

There has been a lot of really good steampunk material coming out and there are more fans today, due primarily to TOR's Steampunk Month, than ever before. Cherie Priest, who has rightly been called the high priestess of Steampunk, continues to instill a sense of awe and wonder with this year's release of volumes 2 and 3 of her Clockwork Century (with at least 2 more to come), Scott Westerfeld dazzles the YA market with _Behemoth_ (sequel to last year's _Leviathan_), new novels, graphic novels, RPG's, and the like have hit the market and increased exposure to and appreciation of steampunk, and steampunk-themed cons are springing up across the country, if not around the globe.

While steampunk may not ever reach the popularity of more traditional mainstream work, it has made huge strides over the last year and I look forward to even more work to appear.
Liz Gorinsky
5. TooMuchExposition
Rob Blake: I don't think we disagree, actually: just look at your last paragraph. While I'm certainly not trying to diminish the amazing things the community is producing (heck, I edited Boneshaker), that's still worlds away from the multiple millions of people that, say, see the average studio movie. Until we get to the point where the word "steampunk" doesn't produce blank looks in most people who aren't self-identified SF fans, it's not mainstream. But I'm pretty confident (and excited!) that we'll get there in the next few years.
Rob Blake
6. Hans Meier
I completely disagree that Steampunk hasn't yet really breached the main stream,ok maybe it isn't as big as Twilight yet, but it is climbing. With episodes like Castle's 'Punked', forays into fasion (type in the word 'Military' on the Dress Barn website), the latest RUSH tour AND Sugarland both using steampunk elements in thier stage shows (Sugarland more so than RUSH even, you should see the pics on Flickr) I say that Steampunk is already in the main-stream. Have you seen Steam-Disney (who have been doing Steampunk longer than many of us even remember 'Island at the Top of the World') People may not immediately be cognisant of the term Steampunk yet, but they have seen the esthetic used around them more and more. All you have to do is mention a movie or two, or something that has that look and the light dawns in their eyes, and then, they have a term to associate with it.
Rob Blake
7. area53
Your reddit share icon generates a wrong code, or rather a bad url. The article can be saved at reddit.com, but when you try to reach this site again, an info about a wrong url appears. (Tried several times, it doesn't connect.) Would you have a look into that? Thank you.

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