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August 2017

The Life Expectancy of Steampunk as a Subculture – Some Results

The controversial post regarding the life expectancy of Steampunk versus the life expectancy of Cyberpunk keeps receiving feedback and a certain picture is forming which is encouraging for some parts of the world but rather disheartening for others.   The Good: The scene is doing well in North America, the …

Will Steampunk actually outlive Cyberpunk? We discussed it on the Ætherweb

My recent post where I argued Cyberpunk would in outlive Steampunk proved to be rather controversial. I have not had that many responses (via æthermail, Facebook and comments) to something I published on the blog in a while, like, years… Additionally, my friend Bonsart of Radio Retrofuture published a video …

H P Lovecraft

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lovecraft

It is an honoured tradition on this blog to commemorate the birthday of the Master of the Macabre, H. P. Lovecraft, on this day every year. Today in 1890, Howard Philips Lovecraft was born in in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. To celebrate, I present …

I think Cyberpunk will literally outlive Steampunk

Cyberpunk and Steampunk as literature genres are of literally (no pun intended) roughly the same age. In fact, K. W. Jeter coined the term Steampunk as a counter to Cyberpunk. This has been pointed out and explained on numerous occasions in the past, so I will not go into detail …

Delving the Realms of Fanfiction

In the last few weeks before the summer holidays it came to my attention that some of my pupils are active fanfiction writers and are active on several sites dedicated to fanfiction. I am rather delighted by that, especially since the writers are not interested in Vampire romance drivel, but …

Innsmouth Ranger Recon Report: Time Vortex, FEV Lab and Zeppelin Rentals

The weather was tolerable recently, so I decided to don my ranger helmet and armor and scout the area I am now living in in depth. Just behind the house, in the steeply rising hills, there trickle hidden brooks through weed chocked marshland infested with an astounding number of dragonflies. …

Writing in an Utopian Setting is Hard!

Writing a story set in a utopian or close to utopian society is harder than I thought… This maybe because most of the stuff I have thus far written is either dark fantasy or Cthulhu Mythos related or in some Steampunk setting with some type of international conflict or the …