Steampunk Podbears

 

I have just done my first design to submit to Threadless and they have just accepted it for scoring! (oooh it is actually quite exciting).

My normal Podbears (from my avatar) have gone all Steampunk, and they would really appreciate some kudos (it took a lot to convince them they didn't look silly). So if you would like to show them some steamy love, please click on over to Threadless and vote for them to be immortalised on Tees!


Trailer for Luc Besson's Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec with English subtitles.

Louise Bourgoin stars as Adèle Blanc-Sec in this adaptation of the Jacques Tardi comics.

www.adeleblancsec-lefilm.com


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Trailer (Trailer for books are becoming increasingly popular) for Scott Westerfeld's novel Leviathan.

Via: paxbritanniablog.blogspot.com


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"Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself."

It was a pleasant surprise to see Anthony Lucas' BAFTA and Oscar nominated short film "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello" appear online over at Quiet Earth. This was a favorite of Fiona's when we attended the KinoFilm festival a couple of years ago and it really is a superb film.

www.jaspermorello.com | monsterdistributes.com | Monster Distributes YouTube

Via: Nemobay


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Mister Cok is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots. The formers stare helplessly at the toil of the robotic labourers. But one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily ... Find out more  www.monsieurcok.com

Via Savage Popcorn / Twitch Film


Andrew Chase Giraffe

I’ve always rather liked the giraffe, and this marvellous 6ft tall, steampunk sculpture by artist Andrew Chase has made me like the long necked funniosity even more. Taking over 80 hours to build this fine fellow owes his body to a cleverly composed concotion of transmission parts, electrical conduit, plumbing pipe and a whole series of gears and levers that grant the giant giraffe the jointal movements of his not so metallic counterpart. Andrew Chase has then produced some mighty fine steampunk art featuring his gear-giraffe.

To see some other examples of creatures both real and imagined that have been steampunked by the talented Mr Chase, check out his website www.andrewchase.com

Andrew Chase Giraffe

Andrew Chase Giraffe

bookofjoe.com via ecofriend.org


Art Deco Themed Keyboard

This Datamancer Deco Keyboard was commissioned by an Art Deco-themed independent movie theater/rental store. They wanted a keyboard for their PoS register that would compliment their decor. The keyboard features a black reflective acrylic faceplate, brilliant white LEDs, and a frame made of wood and chrome.

Art Deco Themed Keyboard

Datamazncer inspired by the commission are now working on building an art deco themed PC, which will no doubt look rather spiffy.

www.datamancer.net

Via: bornrich.org


Hyde By Edward Kwong

Lost At E Minor posted a few illustrations by Vancouver-based artist Edward Kwong. This depiction of Robert Louis Stevenso's creation Mr. Edward Hyde caught my eye in particular.

Visit Edward Kwong's portfolio website and blog to view more of his work.


Clockwork Couture

For a bit of Steampunk style that wouldn't make you look like you'd joined the Cosplay clique, check out Clockwork Couture 

Clockwork Couture

 


Greetings From Venus

"In a pulpy alternate universe, a great inventor named Doctor Grordbort is selling ray guns and rockets to colonize the solar system."

io9.com speaks to Greg Broadmore at Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop about his Grordbort Comic, the character Cockswain and a few other things.

While Greg Broadmore considers himself to be working simply with retro sci-fi and not "Steam Punk" its certainly in a similar vien all be it without the steam power. Certainly it feels like a take on the worlds created by Edgar Rice Burroughs an author whom like Wells, Doyle, Verne, Haggard, Rohmer etc. finds himself at the heart of the love affair with the action, adventure and sci-fi of the late 1800's and early 1900's

Read about  The Savage World of Doctor Grordbort At io9 and then check out Dr. Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators.


The Affinity Bridge - George Mann 

At the turn off the twentieth century London is a city at the dawn of a new technological era. Glistening airships emerge from the relentless fog to soar the skies and shiny clockwork automatons carry out menial tasks for those lucky enough to afford their servitude. Testament to the genius of the minds in hidden laboratories, Queen Victoria still reigns, her life dependant on mechanical, medical contraptions. Yet below the dazzlingly wealth of industrialisation lies a scarred underbelly of sinister shenanigans, with disease and poverty scourging the lower denominations of London’s populace. With revenants roaming the slums of Whitechapel, the streets of Victorian London are a place only ventured by the brave or insane after dark.

A string of grisly murders reportedly perpetrated by ethereal glowing policemen already have Scotland Yard trying to deduce fact from fiction but when an Airship carrying foreign royalty crashes with no survivors, Sir Maurice Newbury, secret investigator to the Crown, is called upon to investigate. With new assistant Veronica Hobbes in tow, Newbury sets out on a mission of gentlemanly heroics to solve two mysteries with one laudanum fuelled chase.

The Affinity Bridge is your typical Steampunk concoction of rewritten history and bubbling imagination. Our protagonist Newbury cuts a dashing figure as a quintessential example of Victorian chivalry mixed with foppish vices and is an instantly likeable character. Perhaps this is also due to his forward thinking manner, defying the sexism of the age by appointing the young, yet sharp witted, Veronica Hobbes as his partner in crime busting investigation. The developing chemistry between the pair, whilst never realised, adds to the characterisation and also opens up further storylines, for The Affinity Bridge is the first volume of the Newbury of Hobbes Investigations series by author George Mann.

In terms of genre, we are strictly talking Steampunk but with an added sprinkling of murder mystery. However, despite being a fluid and satisfying read, I couldn’t help but feel the story fell a little short when compared to exemplary examples of either genre. In terms of Steam Punk fare, the setting certainly harbours all the archetypal characteristics of the genre, yet those accustom to the plotting prowess of the likes of Tim Powers may yearn for more. The Murder Mystery element, whilst certainly adding another dimension, lacks some of the “who-dunnit” thrill associated with the twists and turns common to the expected.  Despite some added sub plots, these never really lead the reader into a false sense of deduction and by the end of book seem a little inconsequential. However for those that like the loose ends all tied up, Mann certainly doesn’t disappoint, though some may find this an unnecessary addition to the last couple of chapters.

That said, The Affinity Bridge, is still a thoroughly enjoyable read due to the authors skill in narration, characterisation and depictions. The dialogue is not only perfect for the era but adds wit and personality to the characters, with Newbury’s vices humanising his almost superhero characteristics. Veronica’s institutionalised yet insightful sister Amelia provides an extra character dimension who I’m sure will play a more prolific role in future episodes of the series.

As is common with many a book you find in the Sci-fi and Fantasy sections of your local bookshop, The Affinity Bridge doesn’t sell short of social commentary either – with the notions of technology replacing the human workforce, the elite abusing technology to remain in power and survive, there are many parallels common to conspiratory (or realist, inset your own interpretation here) thinking of our own age. 
Remove your preconceptions of the “textbook” genre definitions and The Affinity Bridge is a great read and I, for one, am very much looking forward to the nest instalment of Newbury & Hobbes Investigations.


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