And that, my friends, is that: this year’s Steampunk Fortnight event must draw to its scheduled close. We hope you’ve been following along on the site, but even if you haven’t, it’s certainly not too late: the dozens of blog posts, gaggle of short stories, handful of excerpts, and bounty of giveaways indexed at the Steampunk Fortnight homepage will remain there indefinitely for your perusal and commentary.
As with any large event, this could not have come together without help from many hands. The largest contingent of those are our bloggers, a glorious group comprised of Stephen Hunt, Ay-Leen the Peacemaker, Jeff VanderMeer, Diana Vick, David Pucik, Evelyn Kriete, Jason Heller, GD Falksen, Ryan Britt, Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Garcia, Tim Akers, Jaymee Goh, S.J. Chambers, Nisi Shawl, Jared Axelrod, Dexter Palmer, Brian Slattery, Clay and Susan Griffith, Jeni Hellum, Amal El-Mohtar, Fabio Fernandes, Bob Gallo, Mark Hodder, Mike Perschon, Mike Resnick, and Jeff Mach. As with all writing, some of the greatest rewards come in the form of engagement response, so if you enjoyed reading or thinking about their posts, consider taking a stroll by and letting them know.
The same goes for our inventive and lyrical fiction contributors, Cat Rambo, Felix Gilman, and Eileen Gunn, as well as the authors of the novels we excerpted from. We hope their words will live in your memories for a long time to come.
Thanks also to our giveaway donors, RockLove, Pyr, SteamCon, The Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition, Dorian’s Parlor, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Chrononaut Mercantile, RetroScope Fashions, St. Martin’s Press, Tachyon Publications, First Second Books, Nonstop Press, and Tor Books. Without their extremely generous donations, we would have way less cool stuff to give you, and who doesn’t like cool stuff?
While you may already be aware of the contributions of many of those fine individuals listed above, there’s no way web events like this would be possible without innumerable amounts of behind-the-scenes support from all the Tor.commies—but especially production assistant Chris Lough, who was a remarkable fount of sanity and consistency in a sea of hecticness.
And, last but not least, an effusive thanks to all of you for following along, contributing to the discussions, and making this fortnight a ton of fun for everyone involved. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have, and hope you’ll stick around for all the steampunk content (and all the related subjects, of course) that will appear on the site in future. Keep it brassy!