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Daylight Saving Time

Dieselpunk - March 12, 2017 - 5:37pm
The following is an article for February 9, 1942 at History.com

On this day, Congress pushes ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing daylight saving time–called at the time “war time.”
 

Daylight saving time, suggested by President Roosevelt, was imposed to conserve fuel, and could be traced back to World War I, when Congress imposed one standard time on the United States to enable the country to better utilize resources, following the European model. The 1918 Standard Time Act was meant to be in effect for only seven months of the year–and was discontinued nationally after the war. But individual states continued to turn clocks ahead one hour in spring and back one hour in fall. The World War II legislation imposed daylight saving time for the entire nation for the entire year. It was repealed Sept. 30, 1945, when individual states once again imposed their own “standard” time. It was not until 1966 that Congress passed legislation setting a standard time that permanently superceded local habits.

 
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“Nevertheless, She Persisted” – a Short Fiction series on Tor.com

Beyond Victoriana - March 8, 2017 - 5:16pm

For International Women’s Day, I’m pleased to publish the following anthology of short fiction on Tor.com. Below is my introduction, and hope you all enjoy the read today!

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

Three short lines, fired over social media in response to questions of why Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the floor of the United States Senate on February 7th, 2017, for daring to read aloud the words of Coretta Scott King. As this message was transmitted across the globe, it has become a galvanizing cry for people of all genders in recognition of the struggles that women have faced throughout history. To me, it is also serves as a reminder of the cyberpunk nature of our everyday lives, as technology can weave our hearts and minds in unity toward a greater cause.

And, as many have pointed out, these three lines read as if they are the opening passage to an epic and ageless tale.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, which the United Nations describes as “when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.” More than celebratory, International Women’s Day is aspirational, striving toward a more gender-inclusive world. Speculative fiction has had an impact in fostering this egalitarian dream through creative expression and critique. After all, science fiction in particular was born with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written in the “Year without a Summer” while tumultuous storms raged over Lake Geneva. This dream was the utopia penned by Muslim feminist Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain in her 1905 story “Sultana’s Dream”, and the same year Charlotte Perkins Gilman published Herland in Forerunnermagazine. In the decades since, women have provided some of the most crucial and insightful voices in our community.

International Women’s Day is also inspirational. In collaboration with colleagues Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Lee Harris, Liz Gorinsky, Marco Palmieri, and Miriam Weinberg, we have assembled this flash fiction collection featuring several of the best writers in SF/F today. Together these authors share unique visions of women inventing, playing, loving, surviving, and – of course – dreaming of themselves beyond their circumstances.

Look forward to stories from:

Charlie Jane Anders
Brooke Bolander
Maria Dahvana Headley
Amal El-Mohtar
Kameron Hurley
Seanan McGuire
Nisi Shawl
Catherynne M. Valente
Carrie Vaughn
Jo Walton
Alyssa Wong

Starting March 8th, enjoy these new stories inspired by the words “Nevertheless, She Persisted”, and may we all chose to persist, together, for a more just society.

 


Filed under: Announcement, Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends Tagged: fiction, International Women's Day, tor.com
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Noir Magus posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - March 7, 2017 - 5:39am
Noir Magus posted a discussion
The Replicant - NZ Steampunk MagazineI thought the below might be of interest. Obviously I'm totally biased because the first article is about me :-)The Replicant – March 2017 editionWelcome to the third edition of The Replicant, issued in March 2017 – the collected efforts of Eccentric Gearing, the League of Imagineers’ writing group.This link gives access to the PDF:https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuctGItcm-U-gWCbWw5qSdN3HLpISee More
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M D Flyn posted a photo

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - February 28, 2017 - 11:35pm
M D Flyn posted a photo
header_site_large2Writer extraordinaire and perpetrator of geekery. Lover of all things fantasy, scifi, & otherwise weird, including all you lovely weirdos.
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M D Flyn is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - February 27, 2017 - 5:15pm
M D Flyn is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Does Dieselpunk Demand Darkness?

Dieselpunk - February 26, 2017 - 9:10pm
“I wonder if that's how darkness wins, by convincing us to trap it inside ourselves, instead of emptying it out. I don't want it to win.” ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

Dieselpunk has reputation for being a dark genre-punk. The seeds of this reputation were planted in its origin when one of its founders, Lewis Pollak, back in 2001 described it as being darker and dirtier than Steampunk. That phrase stuck and ever since Dieselpunk has been labeled as a dark genre.


I have to admit that I kind of like that reputation. Being a “Dirty Thirties” kind of Dieselpunk myself dark appeals to me. Even my interest in the other Diesel Era decades tends to be dark (mobsters of the Roaring Twenties and World War 2 of the 1940s).

With all of this being said, there is nothing in the definition of Dieselpunk that requires it to be this way.

The web site Dieselpunks.org has the definition written by Dieselpunk Founding Father Tome Wilson, which has become the standard for the genre:

Dieselpunk is a style of art that combines the spirit of the Jazz Age (1920s-1945) with a contemporary twist. We welcome all people from all nations and all walks of life.

Notice the absence of being dirty and dark from this definition. My own spin of the definition doesn’t require darkness either:

Dieselpunk is a mashup of modern ideas with the style and spirit of the 1920s through the early 1950s. The goal is to combine the zeitgeist of the past with today's ideas in order to build a better tomorrow.

In addition, there’s a positive flavor of Dieselpunk. Known as Hopeful Ottensian and named after the Dieselpunk Founding Father Nick Ottens this style of Dieselpunk gives a positive spin to the genre. I wrote about Hopeful Ottensian Dieselpunk here on my blog back on November 7, 2010.

An example of positive DieselpunkDieselpunks reputation for being dark is well deserved for much of it is. However, this darkness is not the full picture.
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Steampunk Hands Around the World: Making Life Better Giveaway! The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

Beyond Victoriana - February 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

For the last week of our Steampunk Hands Around the World book giveaway series, let me introduce you to Robyn Bennis’s The Guns Above, a high-flying adventure full of wit, bravado, fancy clothes, and big explosions. A brief description:

They say it’s not the fall that kills you.

For Josette Dupre, the Corps’ first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back.

On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. He’s also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision.

When the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself?

“Steampunky navy-in-the-air military tale full of sass and terrific characters. Great storytelling. Loved it.” —Patricia Briggs

Click after the jump for details on how to enter! Thanks for allowing along, everyone, and hope you enjoy the rest of Steampunk Hands this month.

How to enter:
1) Readers comment below with your favorite piece of steampunk-related technology (can be a historical exmple, modern science & tech, or something from one’s imagination!). Readers can only submit one entry per household. US and International entries are welcome.
2) Enter between February 19th, 2017, through February 24th, 2017, at midnight EST (GMT -5:00).
3) Winners will be chosen via their comment number using Random.org. Winners will be contacted via email and must reply within 24 hours with their mailing address to claim their prize. Otherwise a new winner will be selected.

 


Filed under: Announcement Tagged: airships, Robyn Bennis, Steampunk Hands Around the World, The Guns Above
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Leon Bawdon is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - February 17, 2017 - 9:59pm
Leon Bawdon is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Brianna Smith is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - February 16, 2017 - 12:02pm
Brianna Smith is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Domains for sale: stmpnk.com and steamhunks.com

Steampunk Workshop - February 14, 2017 - 1:09pm
Hi folks! Since the Steampunk Roadster was sold to someone out of state I have given up my STMPNK Massachusetts license plates. In fact, the Mass Registry of Motor Vehicles website indicates that they may in deed be available again! To go along with these plates I had registered the domain stmpnk.com which I have decided […]
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Steampunk Hands Around the World: Making Life Better Giveaway! Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

Beyond Victoriana - February 12, 2017 - 5:00pm

Welcome to Week Two of our Steampunk Hands Around the World book giveaway series!

Next up: enter a world of spies, decadence, and revolution with Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough. A brief description:

Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.

Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.

Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.

Combining the espionage thrills of le Carré with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

“James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde.” —Holly Black

“Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world.” —Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

“An astonishing first novel!” —World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner

There is also this incredible book trailer:

 

Check on the jump for details on how to enter.

How to enter:
1) Readers comment below with a recommended charity/ NGO/ good works organization you support (example. “I support the ACLU’s fight to protect civil liberties.”) Needless to say, but no trolling please (you will be disqualified). All recommendations for organizations condoning hate crimes will be deleted (not that someone would willingly declare themselves as such a supporter, but hey, covering all bases). Readers can only submit one entry per household. US and International entries are welcome.
2) Enter between February 12th, 2017, through February 17th, 2017, at midnight EST (GMT -5:00).
3) Winner will be chosen via their comment number using Random.org. Winner will be contacted via email and must reply within 24 hours with their mailing address to claim their prize. Otherwise a new winner will be selected.


Filed under: Announcement Tagged: Amberlough, giveaway, Lara Elena Donnelly, Steampunk Hands Around the World
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Dieselpunk Lexicon Part 10: Decopunk

Dieselpunk - February 11, 2017 - 9:23pm
"No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney." -  Al Smith, American statesman, Governor of New York, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928

Dieselpunk has always had a dark reputation. One of its creators, Lewis Pollak, described it as being dirtier and grittier than Steampunk. But not all Dieselpunk is dark.

Decopunk is a brighter, more positive member of the Dieselpunk family. In an recent article at the Barnes & Noble web site titled Why "Decopunk" Deserves to Be Bigger than Steampunk, Sam Reader wrote,

"Drawing from the sleek, streamlined, futuristic aesthetic of the art deco movement, decopunk takes the glitz and glamor of the Roaring ’20s in science-fictional directions, frequently sprinkling in glittering elements of the weird and pulp fiction of the era."

Decopunk Movie "The Great Gatsby" (2013) Directed by Baz LuhrmannRecently there have been rumblings on the internet describing decopunk as being a full-fledged genre-punk (Reader’s article is one example). However, those who would make such claims are mistaken because it’s not a genre-punk of its own. Decopunk source material is the 1920s, which as I mentioned in a prior blog post is one of the decades that provides source material for Dieselpunk. Wikipedia is correct when it defines decopunk as a subset of dieselpunk.

You can slice sashimi until it resembles fugu but it's still raw fish. ‘Decopunk’ is but simply a thin slice of Dieselpunk.

Decopunk Fiction, Radiance: The Novel by Catherynne M Valente
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Congrats! Like Clockwork wins the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture

Beyond Victoriana - February 5, 2017 - 9:13pm

So very pleased to announce that Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, & Futures, has been selected as a co-winner for the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture.  I’m proud to have the hard work of all the contributors and the editors Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall honored with this recognition.

Also happy that this collection shares this award with the other co-winners (who have overlapping interests with our followers!): Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, On the Stage, Behind the Badge, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud & Michael N. Searles, and The Age of Lovecraft by Carl H. Sederholm & Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock.


Filed under: Announcement, Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends Tagged: Like Clockwork, Popular Culture and American Culture Association
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Steampunk Hands Around the World: Making Life Better Giveaway! Steeplejack & Firebrand

Beyond Victoriana - February 5, 2017 - 7:50pm

Time for Steampunk Hands Around the World, the annual blogging carnival and celebration of the global community! This year’s theme is a very relevant one, and in participation, I’ll be running a series of book giveaways throughout the month (since, of course, reading widely across different cultures and fresh perspectives from marginalized backgrounds is one way we can imagine ways of making life better.)

This week, I’ll be giving away a two books: A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack in hardcover and a special advanced reader’s copy of its sequel, Firebrand which will publish in June 2017!

Check out details about the giveaway  after the jump. You can also check out the Official Link guide to Steampunk Hands to follow what others are doing.

Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book
YALSA Best Young Adult Selection

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

“A richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for.” — Cory Doctorow, New York Times-bestselling author

Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: Government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. The investigation leads right to the doorsteps of Elitus, one of the most exclusive social clubs in the city. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus. But Ang is far from royal material, so Willinghouse enlists help from the exacting Madam Nahreem.

Yet Ang has other things on her mind. Refugees are trickling into the city, fleeing Grappoli-fueled conflicts in the north. A demagogue in Parliament is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them, and she soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.

“Richly-drawn with a diverse cast of characters and an unstoppable plot!” – Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

How to enter:
1) Readers comment below with your favorite steampunk book to enter. Readers can only submit one entry per household. US and International entries are welcome.
2) Enter between February 5th, 2017, through February 10th, 2017, at midnight EST (GMT -5:00).
3) Winner will be chosen via their comment number using Random.org. Winner will be contacted via email and must reply within 24 hours with their mailing address to claim their prize. Otherwise a new winner will be selected.


Filed under: Announcement Tagged: aj hartley, firebrand, giveaway, Steampunk Hands Around the World, Steeplejack
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Dieselpunk Lexicon Part 8: Interbellum Period

Dieselpunk - January 28, 2017 - 6:51pm
In my last post I wrote about the Diesel Era, which stretched from roughly World War One through the Korean War. Buried within this Era was the Interbellum Period or Interwar Period.

The Interbellum Period had clear starting and ending dates. It began on November 11, 1918, which the day the Armistice went in effect and hostilities stopped in World War One, and ended on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. This roughly twenty year period of time saw dramatic upheavals, politically and economically, across the globe.

The Interbellum Period saw peace and prosperity. In the 1920s, the US economy flourished. The UK and France both recovered from the devastation of the war. Democracy appeared in Japan with the Taisho Democracy and in Germany with the November Revolution and Weimar Republic. Plus, voting rights for women were granted in both the UK and the US. There was a cultural renaissance across the globe.






However, the Interbellum Period also saw chaos. The world economy collapsed in 1928 resulting in the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl smothered the central regions of the US during the 1930s. In 1922 Benito Mussolini rose to power and established the first fascist dictatorship in 1925. By 1933 both the Japanese and German democracies had been replaced with fascist dictatorships. Russia saw starvation partially caused by collectivization, the rise of Stalin, purges of anyone he thought might oppose him, and the terror of the Soviet Gulags.

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