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Another Christmas Story

On Christmas 1914, the event called “Christmas Truce” occured on the Western Front of the Great War. It has been described as the last flickering of the spirit of the Belle Epoque, the believe humanity would become gradually better and better and more civilized.     I have often wondered …

Let's Bolt Down the Future

The Time Machine is one of the classic and iconic devices of Victorian science-fiction and time traveling is also one of the major themes in Steampunk related fiction. Now most of us will have have heard of and mused on some of the classic paradoxes that happen when one tries …

So many good things in one place

The earth has yet again completed another orbit and again it is time for the Parsec Awards. The nominations have been closed and the finalists have been announced. When I went through the shortlist, I was mightily pleased to find a number of podcasts amongst the nominees I regularly listen …

Alternative History – True Alternatives

In many ways, Steampunk fiction is often a kind of alternative history setting. Basically 1890’s tech sci-fi. I mentioned this before, the alternative history ends at the tech level in many cases. You still get the usual global players of the day: The British Empire France The German Empire The …

An Observation regarding Steampunk Literature

For some time now I have wondered why Lavie Tidhar’s works are my favourite among all of Steampunk literature. I think it is the world his novels are set in. His version of earth has the most well thought-out history, backstory and internal consistency and continuity. It is Steampunk through …

Pre-Release Review: Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar

Camera Obscura is set in the same world as The Bookman, Lavie’s first steampunk novel, the events of The Bookman are mentioned several times in passing and the main storyline takes place some three years later. Although I recommend reading The Bookman first (simply because it is one great Steampunk …

Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie

If the Grand Old Dame of Crime Fiction, Dame Agatha Christie, DBE, would still be with us today, it would be her 120th birthday. Dame Agatha Christie has left a mark on the world of literature like very few others. From a Dieselpunk perspective, Agatha Christie has provided wonderful inspirational …