Thursday, June 17, 2010

Housekeeping

If anybody comes to my blog regularly through the actual Blogger site and not through RSS feeds, and you actually pay attention to the set of links on the left side-bar, you might notice that Cory Gross' Voyages Extraordinaires has been removed from the link list. This was a request from Cory himself, who wishes to distance himself from the steampunk blogosphere in general. 

Personally, I would rather not have to remove him from the blogroll, because as far as steampunk resources go for items of great interest related to actual history, the clunky giant tech aesthetic we so love in steam-industrial settings, and current artists who mix up old works into something new. However, he asked, so. 

So he gets an entire blog post in which I tell ya'll to go over to his space and bookmark it / add it to your feed, because it's really quite excellent as a resource of fun stuff.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Online Works of Great Interest

This is a list of PoC steampunk works you can find online that I will keep adding to. 

Short Fiction:
Pimp My Airship, by Maurice Broaddus, Apex Magazine, Vol. 3, Iss. 2. Aug 2009.
The Effluent Engine, by N.K. Jemisin, author's blog, reprinted in Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft. Torquere Press, 2011.
Bijou LaVoix and the Coal Dust Faery, by Malon Edwards, Expanded Horizons #15, February 2010. 
The Last Rickshaw, by Stephanie Lai, Crossed Genres #18: Eastern, reprinted in Crossed Genres Year Two, Dec 2010.
Between Islands, by Jaymee Goh, Expanded Horizons #19. June 2010.
Moon Maiden's Mirror, by Joyce Chng, Semaphore Magazine, September 2009, pgs 43-46 [pdf]
Distant Deeps or Skies, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Expanded Horizons #24. November 2010.
Lunar Year's End, by Jaymee Goh, Crossed Genres #25: Celebration. December 2010.
To Follow the Waves by Amal El-Mohtar, Podcastle #139. Originally published in Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories. Ed. JoSelle Vanderhooft. Torquere Press, 2011.

Ongoing Fiction:
Carolina Free State, by Erin Winslow

Webcomics:
Virtuoso, by Jon Munger (writer/creator) and Krista Brennan (artist)
The West Was Lost, by Beth Dillon, Myron Lameman and Frank Grau 

Art:
James Ng
List of non-Western-European entries for the CGArtists Forum Contest themed Steampunk compiled by telophase (h/t Jessie in comments, thanks!)
Jennifer Ben, Coast Salish, does Native American steampunk on DeviantArt

Video:
The Path Never Ends by Beth Lameman (Anishinaabe/M├Ętis)

Stuff on eBookstores:
High Society by Paolo Chikiamco and Hannah Buena (24-page comic): Amazon, FlipReads
Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman Book I by Balogun: Mocha Memoir Press,
The Switch by Valjeanne Jeffers: Mocha Memoir Press,

If you know of steampunk stories/art/comics that features a main character who is PoC, or from a country beyond Victoriana, whether in a mainstream magazine or for free (this includes LJ/DW and blogs), please drop me a line!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest

This post was originally written for Tor.com, but GD Falksen was given the job so it means I get to post it here instead! Proper analysis forthcoming.

Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker is currently considered a sort of keynote in the steampunk movement – Mike Perschon, in his “Steampunk Tribes” article, names steampunks new to the subculture “Boneshakers” as a hat tip to this novel. Most steampunks have at least heard of Boneshaker, if not read it yet. On the cover, Scott Westerfeld describes it as a “steampunk-zombie-airship adventure,” and we all know that anything is improved with zombies.