A little tea with your bullshit?

A blog for the critical steampunk

Queries? Factoids? Points of contention? Don't be shy!
12:45 PM
November 1st, 2013
steampunkhats:

Happy Halloween! 
#1800NICEHAT #Steampunk


steampunkhats:

Happy Halloween! 

#1800NICEHAT #Steampunk

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11:27 PM
October 31st, 2013
indigolunahealingart:

Otto and Victoria go trick or treating. Art by Brian Kessinger.


indigolunahealingart:

Otto and Victoria go trick or treating. Art by Brian Kessinger.

11:25 PM
October 31st, 2013
steampunktendencies:

Happy Halloween ! 
Art by Sergey Ushkov


steampunktendencies:

Happy Halloween ! 

Art by Sergey Ushkov

4:30 PM
October 31st, 2013
It is very naive to think that we are through with the 19th century: it is, in many respects, a nightmare we haven’t quite woken up from.

Jean-Christophe Valtat on the continuing validity of steampunk and historical fiction generally. 

Catch Valtat at 192 Books tonight and at Housing Works for our New Venetian Halloween Festival on Thursday.

(via melvillehouse)

12:45 PM
October 31st, 2013



8:16 PM
October 30th, 2013

I’ve recently come across something that’s made me rather sad

A while back, I stumbled across an author’s musings. They wanted to have a cast of characters that were non-white in a steampunk setting, but felt they were restricted in their plots—that the characters would, for example, have to be escaped slaves, etc.. Basically, they felt they still had to work in the bounds of the Civil War and how history actually went. This was not the first time I saw this (and definitely not the first time outside of Tumblr)

Why does this make me sad? Because the consumers of and, unfortunately, many of the authors of steampunk works have gotten into this troubling rut in which everything has to be the way it historically was—basically enough—with few changes. It doesn’t have to. And, if anyone tells you otherwise, you tell them to fuck off. No—seriously—do. 

See, steampunk is sci-fi. The magical thing about sci-fi is, first of all, that it’s fiction. The second is that it, no matter what anyone says, does not have to be restricted by our own world. You can still write “historical” steampunk, sure, if that’s your strong point,  but that technology would have irrevocably changed the course of history. Who’s to say the slave trade wouldn’t have been abolished thanks to some well-timed and better-armed revolts? Who’s to say the same genocide would’ve happened in the US? Or, going further abroad, that the British Empire would’ve had a stranglehold on the world? (I can go on, but those are the Top Three when it comes to steampunk.)

Better yet (getting back on course)—why have it set in here at all

I’m beginning to ramble, so this means I’ve lost my train of thought, but the fact remains the same: When you’re writing steampunk, do not feel like you have to follow the exact course of our history. Moreover, it’s better when you don’t. Steampunk doesn’t have to be set in historical England, or in the American West (in fact, I’m tiring of the ones that do, because hardly anyone can London correctly, and even fewer people can do Weird West without sounding like racist asswipes)

I do realize there is more going on than just a simple choice of historical vs. fantasy world, but—to the rest of you amateur writers and, perhaps, even less than amateur—please, please, do not feel required to work within what’s been “decided” are the parameters for “actual” steampunk. Anyone who says that you can only have poc as escaped slaves and the variety of unsavory stereotypes needs a swift kick to the head.

4:30 PM
October 30th, 2013

cinemagorgeous:

Wondrous Flying Machines by Ioan Dumitrescu.

12:45 PM
October 30th, 2013

wornjournal:

Bartitsu: the gentlemanly art of self defense

Bartitsu, the “gentlemanly art of self-defense,” was the innovation of British engineer Edward Barton-Wright. He lived for three years in Japan, where he trained in the art of Ju Jutsu, which was to become one of the foundations of his unique martial art. In 1899 he opened the Bartitsu Academy of Arms and Physical Culture in London, attracting a clientele of middle- and upper-class men and women. Bartitsu had a brief but notable zenith, sparking an interest in self-defense, a revival of the “manly arts,” the rise of Amazonian feminism, and the growth of physical culture in England…Students learned to lock and throw assailants and to use canes, parasols, and improvised weapons for protection.

Bartitsu was also taught to women. By the turn of the century, women could freely enjoy bicycling, golf, bowling, and tennis, but the concept of self-defense for women was unusual for its time. Bartitsu and Ju Jutsu played a key role in the militant suffragette movement… [including] the training of the Jujitsuffragettes, a corps of bodyguards charged with protecting the movement’s leaders from interference with the police.

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Awesome Nerdy Fact: Bartitsu was the fighting style employed by Sherlock Holmes against Moriarty in their famous fight at Reichenbach Falls…

Accessorize dangerously.

(Source: nycsteampunk.com, via aerialbotsofficial)

10:21 AM
October 30th, 2013
beyondvictoriana:

This event is free and open to the public! Come join me on November 13th.
Women’s Center at Eastern Connecticut State University
Student Center
Arthur L. Johnson Wing, Room 116
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 USA


beyondvictoriana:

This event is free and open to the public! Come join me on November 13th.

Women’s Center at Eastern Connecticut State University

Student Center

Arthur L. Johnson Wing, Room 116

83 Windham Street

Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 USA

10:15 AM
October 30th, 2013

Okay, so, I really apologize for that hiatus…

I actually lost all hope there for a minute, because I’d started running out of time, books, and patience. 

Well, perhaps not so much time, since I’ve been active on my personal blog.

Either way, I’ll still try to keep up with this one now that I have a bit more juice again. I’m hoping to try and start putting up masterposts for useful sites, book reviews, etc., soon. 

…I just have to get off my butt and put them together…