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Heather McCorkle posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 24, 2016 - 3:21am
Heather McCorkle posted a status
"Boneshaker was good, but, now I'm looking for a great adult steampunk novel."
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Dirty Thirties In the News

Dieselpunk - April 23, 2016 - 7:00am
I’ve always been a Dirty Thirties kind of Dieselpunk. The 1930s saw the horrors of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the rise of Fascism and the start of World War 2. Yet, it also saw the eternal optimism of the human spirit with the New Deal, world changing inventions (such as the jet engine and FM radio) and the Golden Age of Radio and Motion Pictures.

Recently there have been a rash of online items related to the Dirty Thirties. All three article linked here relates to dieselpunk in they all tie that era in with today.

The Battle Hymn of The Great Depression’ by Rosa Inocencia Smith (The Atlantic)


This article explains the title to John Steinbeck's novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and shows how this classic of American fiction ties into today’s US Presidential election.

The Case for a New WPA’ by Alana Semuels (The Atlantic)


This commentary explores the Works Projects Administration of the New Deal and the writer makes a compelling argument for a similar national program for the 21st century.

The World-Wide Elimination of Polio (Popular Science)


Polio was one of the great scourges of the Diesel Era. The disease’s most famous victim being President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This article in Popular Science explores the exciting advances in the fight against polio and how the dramatic drop in the number of cases indicate a high likelihood of its world-wide eradication by the end of 2016.  
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Buzzy darden is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 16, 2016 - 1:38am
Buzzy darden is now a member of S.W.A.G
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Erin Neal posted a blog post

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 9, 2016 - 11:18pm
Erin Neal posted a blog post
Steampunk Feature FilmWell, I'm finally doing it. I'm going to make a steampunk feature film. A few years ago I made a short film, a steampunk western that was just about 10 minutes long. Lots of people asked if I'd be turning it into a feature, but I didn't have the resources so I kept putting it off. I finally got the script finished early last year, and I had it read at SIFF. All the Firefly fans in the room promptly lost their minds. (Don't judge, I somehow had not seen Firefly until they told me that my work reminded them of that. I'm now obsessed and lamenting Fox Studio's foolishness with the rest of you.)But after all that work, I sort of lost the wind in my sails. Then, last summer, my younger brother died suddenly in a motorcycle accident. He was only 28 years old.I made a vow to not wait anymore.So I'm making a feature length Steampunk film. It has horses, a steam train, and even pirate ships. My producing partners somehow managed to lock all of those in already. Now, we just need YOU. People who know and love steampunk. Who understand the adventure, and the endless possibilities built in that world. I would love for you to join us. If you do, I promise to give ever single backer a copy of the film. I do mean every one of them. For $1 we promise to give EVERY backer the film. But we need help sharing it.Check out what I'm doing here.  In the mean time, I'm going to expand the universe I've written and turn it into a novel. I have 50 pages already and look forward to sharing them with you.See More
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Erin Neal posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 9, 2016 - 10:54pm
Erin Neal posted a status
"Excited to be here!"
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Dr. Seuss Goes to War

Dieselpunk - April 9, 2016 - 10:32pm
When most people think of Dr. Seuss they think of children’s books such as The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What most don’t know was that he was also a very active political cartoonist.

However, from 1940 to 1948 Dr. Seuss (whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel) penned over 400 editorial cartoons for the New York newspaper the PM.



The University of California at San Diego has a massive collection of his political cartoons from that time available to be viewed online.


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Kevin James Breaux posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - April 9, 2016 - 9:08pm
Kevin James Breaux posted a discussion
ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL now out in paperback!Hi all,Proud to announce a new release!America’s population is slowly dying due to an epidemic, and Alexander, an ancient, immortal shaman, has medicine that can heal people. It has one small side effect—Alexander’s able to control the minds of anyone taking the drug, nicknamed “dust.”Alexander plans to take over the country once dust is released to the general public, crushing anyone who stands in the way. He needs just a little bit more of a certain magical ingredient to make the medication work properly: fairy wings.An intelligent, stunning fairy, Sabrina was also America’s sweetheart—until a video of a crime she was involved in surfaces, nearly destroying her. A year later, she’s finally ready to step back into the spotlight. Together with her bodyguard, Mira, a water spirit in human form, Sabrina’s prepared to start over.Things are starting to look up until she meets Alexander in a club and goes from social outcast to tortured captive in the blink of an eye. Will she be able to escape the evil shaman and his mind-controlled slaves in time to save herself and everyone she cares about?Kevin James Breaux is an award-winning author and artist. He has over eight years of professional writing credit, including short stories and novels and has completed seven books.He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and the Erotic Authors Association.Breaux has a growing fan base, including foreign markets in Great Britain and other parts of Europe, and has never stopped striving to better himself as an author as well as to encourage his fellow writers. His motto is Write Makes Might! He is passionate about his craft, while understanding that writing is his business.Breaux is represented by Marisa A. Corvisiero, the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency."Kevin Breaux takes no prisoners! This is raw, funny, edgy, unapologetic and highly weird. Buckle up." -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Patient Zero and Kill Switch.http://amzn.com/1523992352See More
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Boosting: The Islamicate Science Fiction Short Story Writing Contest

Beyond Victoriana - April 9, 2016 - 1:49pm

This is a boost for a new contest organized by friend of the blog Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad of Islam and Science Fiction

The Islam and Science Fiction project has been running since 2005, we just entered our second decade. While the depiction of Muslims in Science Fiction and Islamic cultures has improved we still have a lot way to go, as is the case with many other minority groups. To kickstart things in this genre we have decided to start a contest centered around Science Fiction with Muslim characters or Islamic cultures (Islam in the cultural sense and not necessarily in the religious sense). We are pleased to announce the Islamicate Science Fiction short story writing contest. The contest is open from today (April 8, 2016) to the beginning of Ramadan/Ramzan/Ramjan (June 8, 2016). The winner will be announced on the day of Eid – July 6, 2016. If you already have a story then be sure to submit it soon, if not then start typing.

Scope:

Islamicate refers to the cultural output of predominantly Islamic culture or polity. Thus while the culture has its foundation and inspiration from the religion of Islam, it need not be produced by someone who is Muslim. The term Islamicate is thus similar to the term West as it encompasses a whole range of cultures, ethnicities and schools of thought with shared historical experience. The contest is open to all people regardless of their religious affiliation or lack there of. Thus a person of any religion, nationality, ethnicity race, gender, sexual orientation can submit. A collection of the best stories from the submissions will be released as an epub and available to download for free.

Prizes:

The following prizes will be awarded:

First Prize: $100
Second Prize: $75
Third Prize: $50

Submission rules:

  • The stories must be either set in a predominantly Muslim culture AND/OR have Muslim protagonist(s).
  • Short stories in almost any variant of Science Fiction (space opera, time-travel, apocalyptic, reimaging classic themes, techno-thrillers, bio-punk, science mystery, alternate history, steampunk, utopian, dystopian etc) is encouraged.
  • No reprints: No simultaneous submissions: No multiple submissions.
  • Submission are limited to one per person.
  • Since we are talking about short stories, any story with less than 8,000 words will be accepted.

How to submit: Please submit your short story to islam.scifi@gmail.com with the subject line Short Story Contest

Judges (Alphabetical):

  • Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad: Founder and editor of Islam and Science Fiction, Senior Data Scientist at Groupon.
  • Ahmed Naumaan: Dean of College of Engineering, DeVry University.
  • Noura Al-Nouman: Science Fiction author from the Gulf.
  • Muhammad Handara Hankins: Science Fiction Critic.
  • Rebecca Hankins: Associate Professor, Archivist/Librarian, Texas A&M University.

Questions:

If you have questions about the contest then you can either leave your questions as comments to this thread or email me atmahmad@cs.umn.edu Be sure to spread and the word far and wide, we are looking forward to your submissions!


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