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The Steampunk Bible

The Steampunk Bible is out! I helped connect Jeff and S.J. with people doing cool things in the movement and I wrote what I hope is the definitive candy tin etching how-to for this book. Our fashion editor Libby Bulloff also contirbuted articles and LOTS of shiny photography, including the best photo ever take of yours truly. 

The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

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The Steampunk Bible Wants You!

Noted Archivist Seeks Steampunks to Index:

World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's The Steampunk Bible, published by Abrams Image, will provide a comprehensive and lavish overview of all aspects of Steampunk, in text and pictures. Research for this momentous and globe-spanning project includes the compilation of a comprehensive Archive of, and Index to, everything and everyone Steampunk and Steampunk-Related. This Archive will be made public online, and you also might be contacted about appearing in the book.

If you would like a website or blog link, book or brick-and-mortar establishment, to be considered for the archive, please send the relevant information to: Master Archivist S.J. Chambers (steampunkbible at gmail.com) or to The Steampunk Bible, c/o Jeff VanderMeer, POB 4248, Tallahassee, FL 32315 USA. Make sure to include a short paragraph describing your submission and your complete contact information. Although the Master Archivist's extensive list of ongoing clockwork projects makes it impossible to guarantee a reply, you may be sure she will give each missive intense scrutiny. As part of a Larger Study, please consider including Your Personal Definition of Steampunk with your email message or snail mail parcel.

Rest assured, the Master Archivist and her minions are also out in the World, actively seeking Steampunks for the greater glory of the Archive.

(Victoriana Invention poster by John Coulthart)

Exciting Steam Powered News on Saturday!

Only a few more days until the Steam Powered - The California Steampunk Convention!

It's been a big week for me already and it's only Monday!  Yesterday I got the propane torches and sound system working on our primary prop for All Hallows E'en.  We're doing "The Wizard of Oz" and I get to be "The Great and Powerful!"  I know you are anxious to see the rig, so I'll try and get some video up tomorrow.  Friday is going to be a blast!  Mwhahahahaa!

Then Saturday morning, likely sometime around 4AM, a car will arrive to whisk me off to the airport and the first California Steampunk Convention.  I'm really excited about this because I'm going to get to see so many of the people I met at Maker Faire again!

I'm also going to get to meet some folks in person for the very first time  including Ann and Jeff VanderMeer the editors of the Steampunk anthology. 

Jeff and I really seem to have hit it off and have been plotting and planning ever since we met online back in April.  A little earlier today we received some sensational news! The details are still in the works, but we will almost certainly have an exciting announcement for you on Saturday at Steam Powered!

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