Friday, February 18, 2011

Steampunk Fiction Reviews and Imperial Delight

While taking a break from my lately excessive amounts of time spent in the workshop I decided what the good captain could really use was a bit of mental exercise to balance the physical I've been performing as of late.  Calibrating the Anomaly Obscura Engine I set into the √¶thyr and did encounter a most amazing resource, created by a gentleman of such character.  The site upon which I did land was none other than The Steampunk Scholar by Mike Perschon.  This place of his is well named, as this gentleman truly is a scholar, and that's not just praise!  Mr. Perschon is faculty at Grant MacEwan University as well as continuing his own education at the University of Alberta in the doctoral program so highly spoken of there.  See now, a true scholar despite his obvious Canadian leanings, which we'll not be holding against the good man.

His writings at the Steampunk Scholar are perhaps the best resource in all the √¶thyr for those looking for steampunk fiction.  In a most educated and erudite fashion there does he examine, review and recommend the very best of the tales of love, romance, adventure and perhaps other darker stories from the time we all love so dearly.  I was quite impressed upon digging deeper to see the amount and quality of the content, and truthfully I had no idea that such a plethora of steampunk writing even existed!  Naturally, with February being the month of romance that has been his focus as of late, with the most lustful tales taking the fore for those of you interested in such.  I assure you, this had no impact on the impression the site left with the good, none at all.  Irregardless, anyone interested in reading wonderful tales of the steampunk variety would be well served by visiting the scholar for advice on where to begin or where to head next.  I know I will be!

Another incredible site I've just recently discovered is the intrepid Steampunk Empire!  This is your essential one stop shop for all things steampunk, boasting thousands of members, tens of thousands of steampunk images, nearly a thousand videos, and a forum brimming forth with the wisdom of all manner of man, woman, and creature.  I cannot even begin to explain the world and wealth of information to be found there.  It is a place one must simply explore on their own to realize the full breath and scope of what is contained within.  One thing I feel compelled to point out is the wonderful calendar of steampunk events as well as the groups to be found there.  Looking for something steamy to do?  Check the calendar!  Looking for others in your area to paint the town red with?  Join a group!  That alone is worth a visit for, no?  Not to mention the site has a most appealing ambiance that seems to encourage one to pour out a measured snifter of cognac, light up a pipe and sit back with a good book, perhaps one recommended by a a certain scholar.

Before you do however, there's a squeak in the samophlange that needs oiling and phlogiston detector is detecting only it's own malfunction.  There's time for all that later, so for now back to work with you.  I've a book to read while you do.

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