Steampunks of the Pacific Northwest, mark your calenders for a trio of steampunk book events that will amaze and inspire. Boy genius Frank Reade took the 19th-century by storm in sci-fi periodicals that showcased his globe-trotting escapades and his array of electric-powered, all-terrian vehicles. Since then, Frank Reade and his amazing machines has fueled steampunk’s imagination. Now, Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett — the authors behind the counterfactual history book Boilerplate — return with the “inside scoop” about the Edisonade’s past in FRANK READE: Adventures in the Age of Invention. This February, Guinan and Bennett will launch a series of book signings that give testament to Frank Reade’s ingenuity.
Each event is themed — Land, Sea, and Air — in accordance to the three worlds Frank Reade explores, and at the events, attendees will have the rare opportunity to view the three model vehicles Guinan himself built for the Frank Reade book. Special performance guests at each party will add to the experience of “yesterday’s future today.”
Feb. 15, 6-9 pm: SEA
Location: Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Vehicle: Frank Reade Sr. & Jr.’s Centennial, an electric ironclad gunboat
Bonus: A mock battle between pirates and author Paul Guinan as Frank Reade Jr.!
Feb. 22, 7-10 pm: AIR – The Grand Finale
Location: Things From Another World
4133 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Guests: Alter Egos Society
Vehicle: “Wild” Kate Reade’s Aegis, a helicopter airship
Bonus: Prizes awarded to the first ten people who attend all three events, plus all attendees will have exclusive opportunity to purchase custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins.”
Ay-leen the Peacemaker wishes she could jump on board one of Reade’s contraptions to travel to these events too, but, alas. Instead, she bides her time in academia and runs Beyond Victoriana, the multicultural steampunk blog. You can also follow her on Twitter.