Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Many thanks to Josie for suggesting a visit to the Lovecraft exhibit at the Observatory Room in Brooklyn. There are photos of the exhibition in the Flickr set of the trip, and it was fantastic!

I was very lucky to get some steampunky reading material right as I was leaving for the trip in the form of an advance reading copy of Burton & Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. I'll have much more on this closer to the publication date (in September), and probably another giveaway as well; so far it looks like it's going to be a swell read. The book also touches a bit on the "darker" implications of steampunk; coincidentally, the League of Extraordinary Writers tackles the combination of steampunk and dystopia in a recent post. (While we're on the subject of steampunk writing, Lou Anders has published a stirring defense of the steampunk literature trend.)

Some stray bits of steampunky goodness:

H.G. Wells's The First Men in the Moon is getting a BBC treatment in the near future, and looks like fun!

I am currently coveting some of the Retroscope Fashions.

"Edison-era" light bulbs are horribly energy-inefficient, sadly, but they look lovely if a small bit of atmosphere is needed.

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