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  • Ætherhertz – A Genuinely Awesome German Steampunk Novel

    In the past I have on numerous occasions complained about the way Germany and Germans are portraied in Anglo-centric Steampunk fiction (i.e. the authors had a tendency of making the Germans a) the villains and b) Nazis with Pickelhauben).

    Now I have the great pleasure of presenting a genuine German Steampunk novel to you and an awesome one on top of that. Ætherhertz gives you a first-hand look into what Steampunk Germany could really have looked like, with an accurate depiction of what society in the time of the Kaiser really was like and with amazing attention to detail.

    Ætherhertz has of course been translated into English for your reading pleasure, I am not forcing you to read a book in German, do not worry.

    Ætherhertz is a splendid read, the German original (by the same name) is still the Steampunk novel I meassure all other German Steampunk novels against. The world feels real, has beautifu Steampunk and Steamfantasy elements in it and presents a Steampunk world from a very different perspective to the one you may be used to.

    No colonies, no big cities (Baden-Baden is a rather small town, even today) and no threats to the British Empire. This novel is about the people, and it spans the whole spectrum, high-society, the poor, the military, the criminals and all of the people feel real.

    But before I sing more praise for Æthehertz, here is a short synopsis from the author herself:

     

    Baden-Baden 1910

    Since the turn of the century, a substance called Æther is rising from the waters, and it is changing the world. A blessing for the industry, a curse for the people, for some of them are being transformed into creatures from fairy-tales and legends. The so-called »Corrupted« are haunting the green mists, and themselves hunted and locked up in jails or asylums.

    It is in these strange times, the story begins:
    In the famous spa town of Baden-Baden, young women are being poisoned by a mysterious substance. While investigating the case, Fräulein Annabelle Rosenherz uncovers a conspiracy that threatens the whole Grand Duchy of Baden.

    But Annabelle is in grave danger herself, she has secrets of her own, and while she tries to solve the murders, she finds rejection and people obsessed by power, but also love.

    A steampunk novel set in the beautiful town of Baden-Baden: Stroll with us under the brightly lit gas lanterns, wander along the Lichtenthaler Allee, past the stately casinos towards the first class hotels and fashionable gathering places of the high society, but also towards the perilous secrets thriving in the dark and the misty heights of the Black Forest.

    Look here if you want to know more, or contact the author about a free copy for a review: Ætherbooks on Facebook

    Now available in ebook format: Aetherworld

     

    So please, if you are interested in Steampunk from a different perspective than the regular British Empire or US-centric ones, give this one a read, you will not regret it!


  • AETHERANGELEGENHEITEN – AETHER AFFAIRS: A German Steampunk webseries

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleassure I announce yet another Steampunk-themed web series on this blog, and this time it is a very special occasion in deed. For the first time it is not an English-language series, but rather a German one. Also, a significant number of the crew are friends of mine, so I can vouch for the quality of the production and the background material.
    As soon as the first video is out, I will of course share it here, in the meantime, this is the official announcement and press release:

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    We are a community of artists called »Evil Kraken«, with seven active members from various artistic walks of life united by one vision: We want to show steampunk from Germany is alive and kicking!
    On the 27th of December 2013 the teaser for »Aetherangelegenheiten« was shot. The primary set and filming location is Essen (Rhine-Ruhr area) but the setting is actually Baden-Baden in the foothills of the Black Forest in 1912. More episodes will follow in 2014. »Aetherangelegenheiten« is of course a German language production but all episodes will receive English subtitles.
    »Evil Kraken« are:

    • Stefan Holzhauer, webdeveloper, publisher and journalist, Remscheid
    • Sylvia Kretschmar, artist, Remscheid
    • Jörg-Sven Pispia a.k.a. George P. Schnyder, film maker and screen writer, Tönisforst
    • Mathias Heilmann, webworker and actor, Essen
    • Stefan Pfannmüller, maker, props, Gelsenkirchen
    • Nino Bagus, maker, leatherwork and props, Essen
    • Anja Bagus, author, Essen

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    Inspired by the »World Of Æther«-novels by Anja Bagus we had the idea to visualize those in short movies. The novels are set in a parallel world, where a mysterious substance, the Aether has appeared and is both a blessing and a curse. With it, you can create airships and other advanced technology, but it also spawns monsters.

    The »Amt für Aetherangelegenheiten« (i.e. »Aether Affairs Agency« or »Ministry of Aether Affairs«) is an excellent startingpoint for any number of adventures. Wolfmen collide with Prussian civil servants, and »modern« technology and gadgets with uber-correct archiving procedures. In the laboratories of the Agency, the things the intrepid agents recover from their expeditions into the aetherial fog are analyzed with typical German efficiency. Soldiers protect the populace and the Ministry is always listening for reports of strange happenings out there. And since every Kraken has eight tentacles, the final one is the steampunk scene, which we want to get as involved with the project as possible.

    Apart from professional actors for the main roles many steampunks will join the cast and crew because there is great demand for employees at the Agency. Everybody can apply for a vacant position in the Ministry. Our goal is to show that steampunk is alive in Germany, that Steampunk does not have to be set in Victorian London and the British Empire. We showcase German steampunks, their wonderful creations and of course we want to provide great entertainment!
    The website is growing day by day and we will upload pictures and other material soon. An english version of the site is in the works.

    Websites: aetherangelegenheiten.de, aetheraffairs.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Æther-Affairs
    Contact: press@aetheraffairs.com