Lately, the Western novel has been getting really fun again. Most of us probably think of Louis L’Amour’s, or maybe Joe Lansdale’s classic Weird West stories. But there’s a slew of new Westerns, featuring diverse characters and bracing new storylines. We talked to four authors about the new wave of Westerns.
The French, steampunk anime April and the Extraordinary World is the rousing, science-based adventure you wanted Disney’s Tomorrowland to be. It’s simultaneously an exciting roller coaster ride, while also stimulating your intellect by presenting a fascinating alternate history.
“The kids love the Batman! They love the gears and the steams and the punkiness! They also love mashing things together!”—someone, somewhere at Square-Enix, before deciding to unleash this wonderfully insane action figure onto the general populace.
In Molly Tanzer’s excellent debut novel Vermilion, Elouise ‘Lou’ Merriweather works the dead of San Francisco: she’s a psychopomp, helping souls find eternal rest. When Chinese immigrants begin vanishing, she sets off to discover what happened to them, only to discover a larger plot that places her in mortal peril.
It's the penultimate episode of Season 8 and the four remaining contestants compete for the three spots in the finale. The challenge is to create a classic Western character that is also a cyborg. Which contestants go full steam ahead to the finale and who is headed for Boot Hill? Results ahead.
Cornetto trilogy director Edgar Wright is the latest person to turn in a draft of Dodge and Twist, a movie sequel to Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, set in 19th century, Victorian steampunk England (based somewhat upon the "more serious" novel by former Doctor Who comic writer Tony Lee).
You probably knew that authors like K.W. Jeter helped create the genre of Steampunk, which eventually became the publishing and fashion juggernaut we all know today. But did you know that King Arthur played an important role in the genesis of the genre? Tim Powers explains in a new interview.
Samantha Bryan first started making fairies because of a project assigned to her at school. Eventually. she became curious about the the everyday life of her fairies, incorporating research into Victorian inventions into that idea. The result are these decidedly less sparkling and ephemeral fairies.
Love it or loathe it, Steampunk is an alluring aesthetic to turn to for creating wacky and wonderful looking inventions - and in this new book by Lego builder Guy Himber there's plenty to enjoy, with not a superfluous cog in sight. There's a lot of plastic bricks though.
Pulguinha the Steampunk Guinea Pig doesn't need a jetpack, because he has a pair of brass and leather wings, perfect for soaring high among the airships.
We tend to idealize the past. We file off a lot of the rough edges, imagine everybody having better teeth, and generally tone down a lot of the ugliness. This can be problematic — especially when we soften the depiction of past atrocities. And science fiction and fantasy contribute to this.
Most histories of that wonderful subgenre of science fiction called "steampunk" list Ronald Clark's 1967 novel, Queen Victoria's Bomb as the first. But was this really the first steampunk novel? Here's another possible contender.
The Victorians sure loved to dissect and categorize. What if one of their famed naturalists got his or her hands on a robot? That's the fanciful idea behind this art by Oliver-Quellette, called "Victorian Robot Autopsy; Rose, Wax and Creosote."
In an alternate reality Charles Babbage's difference engine and Ada Lovelace's computer programming led us into a world filled with brass-keyed laptops with phonograph speaker systems. Several artists have brought that imagined reality to life, building working computers with a steampunk edge.
Sure, that's a bold claim, but we can back it up. Steampunk has gotten pretty strange on occasion — but it's never gone to such bizarre, Python-esque places as Paul Di Filippo took it to. And at last, The Steampunk Trilogy is out as an ebook (and a new paperback edition) on July 8.
We absolutely love these recycled and repurposed steampunk-ish objects made by Susan Beatrice. Check out this gallery of incredible art she's created.
Each winter, as the southern seas grew rough, the Kodran fleet would migrate north to spend the stormiest months in the safe harbor of the Gilbrecht Sound. But this year, tensions in Toll delayed their journey by two weeks.
Artist Krista Brennan adds a touch of bespoke technology to Kenneth Grahame's classic tale of a curious mole, a leisure-loving rat, and the fad-crazed Mr. Toad, lending her own vision to the characters and their world.
If your dining room is in dire need of tentacles (and have several grand to spare), this stained glass chandelier is happy to oblige, with detachable limbs that can prop up candles or glow all on their own.