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Juni 2010

The Difference Engine

Another Steampunk Holiday! Today in 1822 Charles Babbage submitted a paper to the Royal Society in which he described his now famed difference engine. This most marvellous exampel of 19th century high-tech has since become a staple and icon of the Steampunk community. Just imagine what could have happened, if …

The Dangerous Alphabet

I could not finish my Neil Gaiman week without mentioning The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Gris Grimly. This is such a delightful piece of weird childrens‘ literature. It is perfect for the Gothic Nursery, it is sweet, intense, heroic and: it has a few disinctly Dieselpunk …

Neil Gaiman's I, Cthulhu

When I first read I, Cthulhu, I did not get the joke. Looking back now, I am at a loss to explain how I managed that. This short piece of fiction is so obviously tongue-in-cheek, with so many weird references that make no sense within the classic Cthulhu Mythos, I …

Saturday of Neil Gaiman Week

Well, this is the second to last day of Neil Gaiman Week and it hurts to know that I will not be able at all to fit all the stuff in I originally wanted to do. There is simply too much great stuff around to cover in one week. Oh …

The Graveyard Book – Guest Article by Dahlia Jane

My friend Daliah Jane of Upon a Midnight Dreary has kindly agreed to provide a piece for my Neil Gaiman Week, for which I am very greatful. So here are her thoughts on Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book: There are few more pleasant ways to spend an afternoon than among …

Review: Android Karenina

A few weeks back, Tiffany Kelly of Quirk Classics invited me to do a review of Android Karenina. Being a literature enthusiast, I could not say no. So here’s my review of yet another great Steampunk novel. Android Karenina by Ben Winters is a Steampunk take on Leo Tolstoy’s classic …

Neil Gaiman Week!

Today is the first day of Neil Gaiman Week on this blog. I decided doing this special feature for several reasons: By Jove! Neil Gaiman is awesome! Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is an integral part of my time in Nottingham being as enjoyable as it was. There are enough Steampunk elements …