Gearcon and Victorian Martial Arts

This weekend there’s a gathering of steampunk enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon called Gearcon. Steampunk, like cyberpunk, is a genre of speculative fiction, a fashion trend and a community of fans with shared interests. In literature, it’s usually an alternate history of the Victorian era in which mad scientists played a much larger role. The fashion is…

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Victorian-Themed Halloween

October is the month of death and candy in North America, so let’s talk about a steampunk-Holmes-Victorian Halloween. Besides your best clockwork sky pirate garb, I don’t have costume ideas, just some inspiration and factoids. Jack the Ripper Synonymous with the words “serial killer”, Jack the Ripper murdered female prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of…

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Steampunk Fights

Let’s start with an analogy, not only because I have faith that my readers understand analogies, but also because you’re guaranteed to understand this one: Jedi is to lightsabre as Steampunk is to Bartitsu Jedi don’t have to use lightsabres (in fact, I’m surprised there aren’t more who eschew them), it’s just appropriate and therefore…

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