Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A variety of steampunky creations are in today's links for your perusal!

Issue #7 of the Gatehouse Gazette is now available.

Cherie Priest has created a whole world around her new Boneshaker series, and if you visit you can also read the first chapter of the book.

The good people at Racialicious have a fantastic entry on steampunk and the issues of colonialism and imperialism. I've always been uncomfortable with the Victorian attitude toward race and gender, and this essay points out the beauty of the steampunk concept - "The Victorian age was oppressive and colonialist; the steampunk subculture can allow for liberation and diversity." It's a future that never was, which means it can be an inclusive, diverse future rather than a restrictive, biased one.

And while we're talking about these sorts of issues, Myke Amend has written about steampunk as an art movement, and how it represents a move away from mass production and consumption.

Moving on to movies...Just Imagine, a 1930 film that imagines life in 1980, is now available at Amazon! I haven't seen this yet, but want to; it looks like great campy fun.

Edge of Twilight is a game set in a steampunk world. I have no idea if it's good or not, but it certainly looks pretty.

And finally, if anyone's in Austin, do check out the Big Top Candy Shop and let us know how it is!

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