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Flying Steampunk Ship

Have a look at this incredibly cool flying steampunk ship!

His Dark Materials HBO Series

Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series is coming to HBO! Although some are hesitant to call the world of “His Dark Materials” steampunk, it carries a great many steampunk elements, being set in a Victoria-era alternate history, with clockwork gadgets and airships. There’s also magic, non-human races, parallel universes, and sentient armored polar bears. Who doesn’t love sentient armored polar bears?

I also enjoyed the movie “The Golden Compass,” which came out 2007. It certainly wasn’t perfect–no move adaption is–but with the upcoming HBO series, there’s a lot more screen time to work with. Here’s hoping for the best!

Alita: Battle Angel

Valentine’s day, 2019, will see the release of the (hopefully) awesome Hollywood adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, titled (backwardsly) Alita: Battle Angel.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, this movie has all the making’s a major blockbuster. However, the source material is pretty obscure. Back in the day, I was a huge Battle Angel Alita fan, as were some of my friends (we were all into anime and manga in the 1990s), to the point that I even wrote a little world book for the GURPS role-playing game systems. I still have the nine original manga graphic novels, which I’m now in the process of re-reading. Even so, Battle Angel Alita is almost completely unknown outside it’s limited fan base, and I fear that will work to the detriment of the movie.

The movie appears to loosely cover the first four graphic novels, which is good, since there probably won’t be a sequel. I honestly wish this was a streaming series for Netflix or Amazon, or maybe HBO or Starz, as it could be so much more than a one-shot movie. But it is what it is, and the latest trailer looks absolutely marvelous, and shows that the movie will at least touch on most of the key elements and themes of the manga.

Mortal Engines Teaser

The teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation “Mortal Engines” looks absolutely phenomenal! Judging from the fact that the teaser says “An Epic New Saga” I am going to guess he plans on adapting several of the Mortal Engine books (I believe there are 4 books).

Anyway, have a look at the teaser!

Down in the Clockwork City

My latest steampunk fantasy story to be published has arrived! Down in the Clockwork City has been released under the Society of Misfit Stories anthology series, and is now available for Kindle download from Amazon.com. The description they gave it has a bit to be desired, but I didn’t come up with it. So far it doesn’t have any reviews, so if you read it and like it please, review away!

Science Kombat!

Now this is a fantastic 8-bit game idea! A Mortal Kombat-style fighting game with legendary scientists and inventors duking it out with superhuman powers and abilities reflecting their most famous discoveries. The game features an evolving Charles Darwin, a space-warping Albert Einstein, a lightning-throwing Nikola Tesla, a spectrum-blasting Isaac Newton, a black hole-hurling Stephen Hawking, an angle-kicking Pythagoras, a robot-commanding Alan Turing, and the ever-radiant Marie Curie (oh… too soon?).

It’s probably not a bad way for kids to learn about historical figures in science. You can find out more about it in this article on the Nerdist.

The Mines of Nuram

My steampunk fantasy short story, The Mines of Nuram, has been published in the January 2016 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly. If you want to check it out, and read some other good stories as well, you can get a print copy through Amazon or a Kindle addition if you prefer.

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Dragon*Con 2015

We just got back from Dragon*Con 2015, and it was as fantastic as usual this year. I got to see some good friends, some good panels, and some really cool people. Although I did spend most of my time in the Space Track and Writer’s Track, I did get out enough to check out more than a few extraordinary costumes. You can see a few of the pictures at my other site.

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Abney Park, Live at Dragon*Con 2015

The Door at Alley’s End

My dark science fantasy short story, The Door at Alley’s End, has now been published in the February 2015 issue of Beyond Science Fiction. If you want to check it out, and read some other good stories from a few lesser known writers, then go get yourself a copy at Amazon today!

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How to Make a Mechanical Hand

Take a look at this fantastic How To for making a gigantic steampunk mechanical hand!

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