Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt4

Outside at the Steampunk Festival -  'The Asylum' on the
impromptu Croquet Lawn one could find all types of inventors.

 There is Herr Döktor's Laboratory that one can see on the Book of Face.

 You too can own some SteamPunkery from this Imageneer at Herr Doktor's Emporium.

 More fun loving than the Eloi, this model maker and builder can be found at Herr Doktor's Thoughts and Musings.

 A contributor to the community,and a voice of civilised reason and encouragement "Herr Doktor" is a recipient of an honorary fellowship of 'The Victorian Steampunk Society'

 How to play Croquet...

Monday, 4 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt3

More at the Steampunk Festival -  'The Asylum'
The next table down from Dr. Geof was 'The Steampunk magazine'

Ms. Hawksmoor was the Editor (No. 5 & 6) and a contributor (No.7) to 'The Steampunk magazine'.
 The SteamPunk Magazine is a publication that was dedicated to promoting steampunk as a culture, as more than a sub-category of fiction. 

Ms. Hawksmoor is a speculative fiction writer and freelance editor, more of her work can be found at

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt2

New to Steampunk Geof a fellow I met in Leeds once, was dipping his toe in 'The Asylum Steampunk Festival' in 2009. His art has been well received. 


Geof is a recipient of an honorary fellowship
  of 'The Victorian Steampunk Society'

Friday, 1 June 2018

The Asylum 2009 Pt1

Steampunks gather in the historic City of Lincoln for the first 'The Asylum Steampunk Festival' in 2009

About_The_Asylum_ now 

A young author named Toby Frost,  who back in 2008 had already publish the ever popular  novel Space Captain Smith (Chronicles of Isambard Smith).

 space captain smith on the web 

Toby Frost On the Web


Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books.

The Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books.

A lucky find the other weekend was Issue 2 of “The Searchers” (I do have them all as PDFs, but that just is not the same.), and it has been the Holy Grail Of SteamPunk Comic-books to collect(In My Opinion)as it was a short run of issues so long ago!

The 1996 comic-book that takes a mix of Victorian literary characters plucked from the very minds of the authors, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Sit Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Ryder Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, which brought there imaginative creations to life, back in 1896. One hundred years later the real-life descendants of their greatest characters are thrown together...

 [Note. A comic-book written by Alan Moore was printed 3 years later - "the league of extraordinary gentlemen"]

Revisit my findings in 2008

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

SteamPunk Review: The Difference Engine

The Difference Engine
by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling (1990)
Published by Gollancz in 2003 – ISBN 978-0-575-60029-4
After rereading 'The Difference Engine' all be it a bit at a time (after starting it mid November), I found that the depth of this early SteamPunk World still full of detail, and you can delight in it's fantasy of an alliterative historical England and the Empire, when calculating engines of brass and steel started the information age over a hundred years before the microchip and the industrial might that sparks the British conflict with the new Luddites has its moments!

It's now over 20 years after its first printing and this imagined World is now familiar, as well as fiction of alliterative histories and SteamPunk as a sub-genre of science fiction has had many enthusiasts and imitators, even the emergence of writers who's settings are solely in the Victorian era are well liked.
I feel that The Difference Engine's brass has lost a little of its shine, but it has its place in fiction and should always have a place on your bookshelf.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Film review: THE MAGIC BOX

Staring Robert Donat; Made in 1951 for the Festival of Britian.

With Martin Scorsese's film 'HUGO' the adaption of Brian Selznick's novel 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' still fresh in my mind I found, as sometimes we do on the the internet an absolute gem of a film (DVD) by sheer chance, in a bargain classic section (part of the Boulting Brother's collection)!

After just seeing the end of this film I just had to type, so rare to be educated and entertained these days.

From a side-show attraction to the modern cinematic technology of the 1920's, this enthralling and sometimes tragic film recounts the life history of the British inventor of the moving pictures on celluloid Mr. William Freise-Greene! A man driven to strive to perfection of the moving image and a pioneer of colour film for motion pictures. Robert Donat plays Mr. Freise-Greene superbly and is supported by over 50 of the cream of British cinema, far to many to list (if you wish to comment and list them after viewing the film please do so).

What better way to spend a cold wet Sunday afternoon than to sit down and be drawn in to a World of an inventor, a Tinkerer if you will that saw that people would want to see moving pictures not just photographs projected from a magic lantern, and had the vision that this was a new Art-form. Now that movies are made in High Definition digitally we should not forget who’s shoulders we have stood on to get where we are today.

We as a nation should be very proud of this pioneer - Mr. William Freise-Greene 1855 - 1921