The Future Of SteamPunk Magazine, Part III

Hopefully, this shall be the final announcement regarding the future of the magazine that you will read for quite some time.

As you all know by now, Margaret has allowed me to take over some of the editing and day-to-day running of SteamPunk Magazine, and I am both honoured and delighted to be allowed do just that.

I would like to begin by both praising and thanking Magpie for all of the tireless work and indisputable talent which he has brought to the project over the past few years. He has done so very much to establish this magazine as a genuine force to be reckoned with, and I for one applaud him for every effort that he has made in doing it. I am glad that he has decided to continue be a part of the SteamPunk Magazine along with myself and the other editors, and would also like to wish him all the best of luck for his new project, Post-Civilized.

Since its creation, SteamPunk Magazine has demonstrated how this mostly-overlooked little subculture of ours needn’t be about simply dressing up in pretty clothes and painting cogs on laptops.

It has shown us how steampunk can be more than just a website – more than just a blog, a magazine, or a set of cap and goggles. It has shown us how it can be a way of life. It has helped us to see how it can be a lens through which we see the world around us: a way we can engage with it, and a way in which we may re-imagine its future while at the same time preserving its past. It has shown us that maybe we have moved forwards in the name of progress long enough, and that perhaps it is time for us to begin in looking back.

More than anything else, you should all be assured that I shall make it my highest priority to ensure that SteamPunk Magazine continues to put the punk back into SteamPunk.

Obviously there are going to be some changes happening over the next few weeks and months, however you can be certain that even as I write to you, issue five of SteamPunk Magazine grows ever closer to being completed. It is looking likely that it will come out on or around 25th February 2009 – one year since the last issue was released.

As to what happens after that, well that is very much up to all of you. I have set up a discussion on the Gaslamp Bazaar where we call all talk about what changes may be made to the magazine after the release of issue #5. I have shared a few of my own ideas for what the future may hold for us, and I hope that you will all feel encouraged to do the same.

Wishing you all a very happy new year.

Warm regards,
Allegra

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8 Responses to “The Future Of SteamPunk Magazine, Part III”

  1. Cheers to a new year and the changes it heralds in.

  2. For what it’s worth, to my way of thinking a predictable publishing schedule is probably the most important thing in something that wants to call itself a magazine. Readers have to be able to expect it on a regular basis (even if that regular basis is annual)

    I have a strong preference for the fiction over the howto articles

    (on another note, firefox refused to let me type into the security code window — I had to type the word elsewwhere and cut-and-paste into the text entry field. I don’t see the problem looking a the html code, but it was definitely doing it)

  3. I, for one, am simply thankful that this venue exists. And grateful to all who have contributed. May your work help us have a more peaceful tomorrow…

  4. I’m not quite sure why – it just worked flawlessly on this browser, which is Gecko based.

    What version of Firefox were you using? (If you wish to shunt this over to email, I can be reached at gaslampbazaar@googlemail.com )

  5. Oh great! it is about time! now I can read part five of
    “An Unfortunate Engagement ” by G.D. Falksen 😉

  6. It’s great that the magazine’s next issue will be out soon. Who knows, if a much more rapid production schedule is created, we could see Steampunk Magazine in Borders and Barnes and Noble.

  7. Looking forward it to <3 Roll on Feb.

  8. “For what it’s worth, to my way of thinking a predictable publishing schedule is probably the most important thing in something that wants to call itself a magazine. Readers have to be able to expect it on a regular basis (even if that regular basis is annual)” – posted previously by Joe Pfeiffer

    I wholeheartedly agree !

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