Oct 7 2011 6:00pm

So Long & Thanks for All the Brass!

Wow, this week went by quickly!

Steampunk Week 2011 has come to an end, and in the process, we’ve taken our trip out into the aether and back again. It’s been short and sweet this time around, but, hopefully, satisfying. For those of you stumbling upon this post, feel free to revisit all of our articles, interviews, and giveaway listsings over on Steampunk Week’s index page. (Linked above.) I also encourage readers to continue the conversations in these posts, or just drop a line to show some love; feedback is the best gift you can give to a blogger.

Now this event couldn’t have been pulled off without the many, many people who helped along the way. First of all, thanks to the contributors for their insightful, entertaining, and inspiring content: Margaret “Magpie” Killjoy, Lord Bobbins, Andrew Fogel, Captain Donna Ricci, Janus Zarate, Ekaterina Sedia, Kaja Foglio, Lee Ann Farruga, Fabio Fernandes, Simon J. Berman, John Coulthart, Nisi Shawl, Gina Gagliano, Jaymee Goh, Cat Rambo, John R. R. Leavitt, Tyson Ness, Jess Nevins, Mike Perschon, Glenn Freund, and Pablo “Mr. Saturday” Vazquez III. I’m especially grateful since juggling schedules for some of you hasn’t been easy, and I really appreciate everyone for dedicating the time to make this week an exciting read.

We also had the chance to give out tons of free swag. Thanks to the vendors for their generosity in contributing to this week’s sweepstakes: RockLove, VIZ Media, Dorian’s Parlor, The League of S.T.E.A.M., Chrononaut Mercantile, First Second Books, Fox Chapel Publishing, Archaia Entertainment, Candlewick Press, and Clockwork Couture.

A much-needed thank you also goes to all of the buddies who organized things from behind-the-screens. Extra kudos with sprinkles on top to Bridget McGovern, Chris Lough, and Emily Asher-Perrin for playing e-mail tag with me these past couple of months in order to get all of the kinks worked out.

In addition, my heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to Liz Gorinsky and Irene Gallo for offering the curator position to me. It’s been a real honor and a pleasure to work on this Week, and you both put a lot of faith in me to get it done well. I hope the results have lived up to your expectations.

And finally thank you, thank you to all of the readers for your various responses. To the blog regulars: hope you enjoyed this year’s take on steam!  For the newbies: welcome to the club! Please stick around and continue to share your thoughts about everything steampunk now and in the future.

Believe me, the conversation won’t be ending anytime soon.

Ay-leen the Peacemaker
1. Ay-leen_the_Peacemaker
Annnnd, I didn't have the chance to thank the last-minute additions to this week, which made it all that more fantastic.

Scott Brundage -- Thanks for contributing with the clever Ada Lovelace illustrated tribute today. Sometimes, pictures can say 1,000 words, and yours did so while transcending time & space too (and that *pug!*)

Delia Sherman - Thank you for offering your short story as well to add to our fictional delights. Much love to Gavin Grant and Kelly Link, the editors of Steampunk! too, and I hope readers can get a glimpse of how fantastic the whole anthology is.
Kristin Franseen
4. musichistorygeek
This was great! Thanks to all of the contributors for taking the time to have this conversation and to all the folks who made it happen behind the scenes. The only feedback I have is that the week went by far too quickly! I know the planning and logistics would be a nightmare, but I wish Tor could go back to having a Steampunk Month (or even a Steampunk Fortnight).

In the future, I'd also like to see a more nuanced look at the politics of steampunk...too often, folks either get pigeonholed as either revolutionaries using steampunk to challenge the mainstream or just people that like pretty clothes and goggles, with nothing in-between. (Of course there's nothing wrong with either "side" until you get into the "more steampunk than thou" sorts of screaming matches...)

The reality is far more complex, and I'm worried that the polarization (or perceived polarization) might scare away new folks or discourage people who feel more moderately about one side or the other from staying in the community.
5. Angiportus
Seconding the wish for a Steampunk Month or Fortnight--also a Lovecraft Month.
6. coolvstar650
I'm putting in a third for a Steampunk Month or Fortnight!
Mark Rubeck
7. TigerChanter
I want to thank you for publishing these articles. I have been hovering at the fringes of Steampunk for many years, and this week I took the plunge and I love it! It is my new "thing"! Thanks again! :)
8. Sam wicked
Great Steampunk week thanks to you. Keep it up.

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