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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 …

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 …

Cross-Post from the Gatehouse Gazette

Hilde Heyvaert, one of my best and oldest friends in the Steampunk scene, has published a most excellent article/rant over at The Gatehouse. With her permission, I am cross-posting it here, because it beautifully captures another one of those weird attitudes you find in our scene. Some people really have …

Steampunk is REALLY going mainstream in 2013, says IBM

After already sharing a link concerning the matter on Facebook two days ago, I did a little more reading up and of course went to the official-press release, which can be found here: IBM Social Sentiment Index Predicts New Retail A brief excerpt: ARMONK, N.Y. – 14 Jan 2013: National …

German Steampunk Crowdfunding Project

Even though this part of the blog is not directly targeted at the German Steampunk crowd, it is targeted at the international crowd, I do not want to withhold this project from you: The most excellent gentleman Mr. Olaf Heitmann has started a splendid crowd funding project concerning an illustrated …

Non-Euclidean Æthercast Episode 9: We can't be everywhere

http://media.blubrry.com/non_euclidean_aethercast/p/s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/aethercast/aethercast/NonEuclidean9.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 13:41 — 19.0MB) | EmbedToday is all about the fact that we as a scene and especially those of us who run the better known websites cannot be everywhere. Things will be overlooked, events will not be featured for the simple fact …

And this is why Nature hates You!

You know, so many people say this world is beautiful. Look at it: It is filled with life. There is life everywhere. Is life not beautiful? Well, I guess I have news for you: 99% of all species that have ever, ever, lived on earth, have died out. Some of …

Please do not define!

Yesterday, two very dear fellow Steampunks and me got together to chat about a joint project and we made a list about what could go into the project. During the chat we also found out we had differing definitions of what each one considered to be Steampunk music, literature and …

Shoutout for Captain von Pumpernickel

Isabella von Pumpernickel has posted this excellent piece over at Doctor Fantastique’s site. It concerns the constructed moral panic of the Guardians of true Steampunk who are trying to scuttle their own ship and thus depriving themselves of a Reson d’Etre. But why should elitists be rational? Anyway, please saunter …

A message from Abney Park's Captain Robert

Captain Robert of Abney Park posted this just about an hour ago on his Facebook Wall: To those bitching about Steampunk going mainstream, I have one thing to say: It isn’t a revolution, if you don’t plan to change the world. And along the same line, check out this blog …