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Steampunk Links for January 29, 2010

This week’s links includes steampunked cell phones, Abraham Lincoln, Neosteam, pictures of squids, French steampunk, H.G. Wells on Fritz Lang, raptor masks, and a steampunk superhero.

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The Dragon is a Dragon: Sarah Monette

The other side of the story–Megan’s recovery from the dragon–comes from something I’ve realized recently is a theme in my work (and dude, you have no idea how weird it is to be saying that: “one of the principal thematic elements in Monette’s work is …”), namely what happens to heroes after they save the world.

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan is a thoroughly delightful Young Adult novel, the first in a series based on an alternate history World War I. In this history Charles Darwin discovered the genetic basis for evolution, and how to manipulate it. As a result the United Kingdom and its allies have a society based on biotechnology, an example of which is the airship Leviathan, a huge beast (or colony of organisms) based on whale DNA and much more. By contrast the Germans, Austrians, and their allies, called Clankers, use steampunk-flavored machinery: airplanes and zeppelins, but also great walking land war machines.

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The Book of Eli: The Sacred Apocalypse

Hollywood’s long-standing love affair with the apocalypse is once again in full bloom. Truly, who can deny the joys of struggling to survive in barbaric, radiation-blasted wastelands, where bloodthirsty savages lurk in the rubble, and the lucky ones die quickly?

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Author Spotlight: Willow Fagan

I think that all stories are part of a long dialogue and, in certain ways, are responses to other, earlier stories. Metafiction just makes this conversational aspect explicit. Also, I know that my understanding of the world, especially when I was a child, was very much shaped by the stories that I read. I’m probably drawn to exploring this in fiction.

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Life After Avatar: Fantasies Whose Time Has Come

On January 18, 2010, James Cameron won the “Best Picture: Drama” Golden Globe for his sci-fi epic Avatar. Cameron claimed backstage that no sci-fi movie since E.T. has gotten so much respect from the Globes. It’s true that not many sci-fi/fantasy films have won Best Picture . . . giving weight to his frequent assertion that Avatar would change the way genre film was perceived by Hollywood. The question is: if the genre really has been changed, what next?

Non-Fiction

Steampunk Links for January 15, 2010

Links for this week include book reviews, a steampunk cake, Anna Karenina, and a steampunk fantasy roleplaying campaign from Fantasy Mag writer Lowell Francis.

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Author Spotlight: Carol Emshwiller

Also science fiction is a place where you get an answer within a reasonable time. I got tired of waiting a year or more for a rejection slip from a literary magazine. I got too old for that. I also like the science fiction world. I’ve known it since my husband was an illustrator. You get to know a whole batch of nice people.

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Above It All by Carol Emshwiller (audio)

This month’s audio fiction is Above It All written by Carol Emshwiller and read by M. K. Hobson

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Games: Not Just Another HALO: ODST Review

So why do I care, you might ask. What’s so important about a game that actually yanks you around by your emotions? Not just the more primal, “I am HERO, hear me roar!” type emotions, but ones that tie you into the characters just a little more deeply?