Today is Steamtuesday on Twitter. I guess I should have mentioned this earlier. Steamtuesday is Twitter’s official Steampunk and love-sharing event by the Steampunk Twitter community. To find out more, here are the latest entries on Steamtuesday.
There is quite a lot going on but most of the activity is generated on the westward side of the Atlantic Ocean so my European, African and Asian readers might want to wait until the American Steampunks have gotten up.
Yes, we Steampunks are quite a dynamic lot and we are using the ætherweb to our advantage. We like Victoriana but we also enjoy technology!
And talking of the ætherweb and technology…
In case you are not acquainted already, let me introduce you to the most excellent Professor Elemental, hip hop artist, Steampunk personality of note and overal excellent chap, I presume.
In his own words, he says about himself (abridged):
I host, perform and teach hip hop in more ways than you can imagine, and I add a healthy dollop of comedy and cabaret on the side. If you’re looking for lively, fun-packed rap music, taken in new and exciting directions, I’m very much your man.
Thinking about booking, or want to hear more? Here’s what I get up to:
Professor Elemental, my most popular persona, is a steampunk mad professor. His hobbies include adventure, invention, and a good cuppa. Aside from a few of his experiments (best left unmentioned), the Professor first got himself noticed with the track Cup of Brown Joy.
And here is a piece of his art, oh the joy:
I wonder if there is some dedicated Steampunk Heavy Metal out there… If you know a band or single artist, please let me know. I would love to feature them here, too. Actually, I should not be so lazy and just go on an ætherial hunting expedition. Now, where did I put my goggles?
Today I have another two gems from the ætherweb for you. I have to thank Elvira Afterthought for pointing my eye and ætherweb-searches towards those two. It is always good to take a closer look at the people who tweet about my stuff on Twitter.
So, Elvira mentioned two sites I found particularly interesting and it would be a sin not sharing them. The first is the splendid Lightspeed Magazine, an online publication focusing on Science-Fiction literature. It covers a wide spectrum, from its own blog, to podcasts to secondary literature, check it out!
Oh, I almost forgot, the latest piece they published on their site is the very Steampunk and most excellent The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball.
With kind permission, I give you the first few paragraphs:
The balloon of a Phoenix-class airship is better than any view from its cabin windows; half a mile of silk pulled taut across three hundred metal ribs and a hundred gleaming spines is a beautiful thing. If your mask filter is dirty you get lightheaded and your sight goes reddish, so it looks as though the balloon is falling in love with you.
When that happens, though, you tap someone to let them know and you go to the back-cabin Underneath and fix your mask, if you’ve any brains at all. If you’re helium-drunk enough to see red, soon you’ll be hallucinating and too weak to move, and even if they get you out before you die you’ll still spend the rest of your life at a hospital with all the regulars staring at you. That’s no life for an airship man.
I remember back when the masks were metal and you’d freeze in the winter, end up with layers of skin that peeled off like wet socks when you went landside and took the mask off. The polymer rubbers are much cleverer.