Tag Archives: steampunk

MIDAS BOX is a steampunk adventure for the whole boring family

This review originally appeared on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog on March 23, 2015. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a Victorian steampunk movie for the entire family… assuming the entire family enjoys watching BBC costume dramas, which are … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Coffee Contraption Chronicles

When first I scrutinized Professor Phineas Fitzwhistle’s Marvelous Mystifying Mechanical Mocha Maker, I experienced considerable consternation at the contrivance of cogs, cups and coils. “I believe it is, in equal parts, polished brass and poppycock,” I said. * * * … Continue reading

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Automatons & Armorers at ConTemporal 2014

Last weekend, I joined the Temporal Engineering Alliance (TEA) as Port Raleigh’s aide-de-aether, otherwise known as social media assistant for ConTemporal. In this industrious capacity, I met distinguished inventors, steamstresses, storytellers, troll hunters, melodians, haberdashers, automatons, armorers, leatherworkers, ladies and … Continue reading

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Game review: THIEF makes me feel oh so very naughty

THIEF Rating: M for Mature Blood, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Violence I prefer rogues. In Skyrim, my Nightingale Dragonborn sneaks and snipes her way through dungeons. My vampire assassin creeps and cut-throats her way … Continue reading

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Where art meets science: Steampunk dinosaurs?

The life-sized skeleton sculptures of Dinosaurs in Motion weren’t steam-powered. Some moved when touched, their heavy heads bobbing on spring-loaded necks. Others operated like giant marionettes, hanging on a system of cables and pulleys, moved by cranks. Electric motors powered … Continue reading

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Cogs and Captains at Contemporal 2013

I had a great time this weekend at ConTemporal, the 2nd annual steampunk convention in North Carolina. SO. MANY. COSTUMES. And I love costumes, but the highlight for me was meeting musician, artist, author, Dr. Strange impersonator, and award-winning stop-action … Continue reading

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Post-holiday ebook readers guide: Steampunk

Now that you have a new Kindle, Nook, tablet or smartphone, why not load it up with some wonderful things to read? Throughout the month of January, I’ll be posting suggestions to help you choose a good book to cuddle … Continue reading

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Guest: Jax Garren, “How Beauty Met the Beast”

My guest today is Jax Garren, author of How Beauty Met the Beast, a retelling of the classic fairy tale about a scarred army veteran and an educated burlesque dancer who team up with the Underlight anarchists to fight corporate … Continue reading

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Characters and curiosities at ConTemporal 2012

I’ve returned from three days in Port Raleigh, an aether and nautical port that is constantly moving through space/time and only able to stabilize its location for short periods. Otherwise known as ConTemporal, a new science fiction and steampunk convention … Continue reading

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How do you define “steampunk”?

This post originally appeared on the Contact – Infinite Futures SF blog on June 17, 2012. Next weekend I’ll be at ConTemporal, a new sci-fi convention in North Carolina that is “planting its roots in Steampunk,” according to its website. Guests … Continue reading

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