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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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Major Site Update

I have just completed a major overhaul of the Mythania site, and things should be looking a whole lot better now. The web site menu, layout, navigation, and other features should be a lot easier to interact with, and I also have an image gallery up, so take a look at that as well!

Don’t forget to drop by the Guestbook and let me know what you think.

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Steampunk World’s Fair

I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve been forgetting to post neat, nifty, and otherwise various nefarious and noteworthy news to this site. Ah well–perhaps one day I will perfect my chrono-differential aetheric oscillator to regulate the flow of time more in my favor. In the meanwhile, I must sit by and lament the passing of the 2011 Steampunk World’s Fair, which I was not able to attend.

Nevertheless, for anyone who is interest, there are plenty of picture of the Steampunk World’s Fair to be found, and a pretty nice article covering the event at ConventionFanBlog.com. There’s even more pictures here (over 3000 of them).

So there you have it! Now, back to having no time around here.

Jules Verne Day

Today (February 8th, 2011) is Jules Verne’s 183th birthday. I think it should be a national holiday. Although since he’s French, I suppose it would just be a French national holiday. Regardless, today is most certainly a day for all steampunk and neo-Victorian enthusiasts, as well anyone who considers themselves a fan of classical science fiction, to celebrate!

Jules Verne, author of Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, envisioned such futuristic technologies as underwater exploration, air travel, space exploration, holography, mass transit, and the wide-scale application of electricity.

For that reason, I think we should start a world-wide Jules Verne day. Just like on Halloween, you can get dressed up–either classy Victorian-style or wild and whimsical steampunk-style. Then put on your top hat and goggles, queue up some Abney Park tunes, grab an ivory pipe and a fresh bottle of absinthe, and party like it’s 1899!

If you’re still bored, you can read a biography of Jules Verne here or check out this tribute article on Verne at Make Magazine.

Capitalization of Fantasy Race Names, Redux

I have revised my essay on the Capitalization of Fantasy Race Names. With further consideration and additional research, I have determined that my original conclusion — that the race name should be treated as a proper noun — was wrong. Instead, fantasy race names are really common nouns, and in most situations should be lower cased (in other words, Tolkien was wrong — so there).

Rather than posting a revised essay, I have updated the old one, primarily due to the number of link backs from other sites and forums which are referencing that essay. Anyway, go ahead and check it out.