Issue #7 Released!

It always gives us great pleasure to announce the release of a new issue of the magazine, and this one more so than most as we genuinely believe that Issue #7 is our best ever.

There are articles on steampunk’s relationship with politics, the future of steampunk fashion and the melting pot of 19th century Europe, poems about Alice in Wonderland, fiction about airships and hot air balloons (how very retro!) and instructions on how to raise your own island out of the deathless oceans. On top of all of that, there are interviews with Sunday Driver and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, and a good helping of all the other wonders that you have come to expect from SteamPunk Magazine.

As you should all know by now, SteamPunk Magazine is available in print through Strangers in the Americas and Vagrants for the rest of the world, and can also be downloaded for free from (unsurprisingly) our downloads page.

Another piece of exciting news: as of this issue you can also go to our downloads page to purchase an ultra-cheap (one English pound) pdf version of #7 that has been optimised for viewing on your iPhone or other associated eReader, should you have one. We don’t (our phones still have Roman numerals on them), but we’ve heard rumours that some people like them a lot.

Fixed Animals

Found this cool article on TreeHugger today and immediately got Steampunk vibes – it’s an artist who takes taxidermy animals and then “fixes” them with machine parts. They’re all interesting, but my favorite is the wind-up baby crocodile.

Erm, just FYI…

Normally I wouldn’t worry about saying this, but this is the Internet and I’ve been around here a while. The whole ‘SPM the Movie’ thing was our idea of a joke. A bit of fun for the first of April.

However. This should by no means stop you from taking select parts out of context and circulating them as fact. Remember: All our work is Creative Commons licenced, so you can do that just so long as you don’t make any money from it. To be honest, I would love to have a Snopes.com page on this. Hell, given most of the crap that gets put in email circulars shouldn’t be too hard, right?

In other news, submissions for issue #8: New and Future Worlds are now open. Check the ‘ DownloadsDeadlines and Submissions’ link at the top for more details. As soon as our regular web-wrangler comes back from her balloon trip to Sirius Major, we’ll fix the bit that says we’re not currently open to submissions. Because we are.

So get creating!

An Important Announcement – SPM the Movie!

Steampunk’d–The True Story of SteamPunk Magazine

Director:
Sean Connery

Executive producers:
C. Allegra Hawksmoor
Margaret Killjoy

Writers:
C. Allegra Hawksmoor
Dylan Fox
Margaret Killjoy
Libby Bulloff

Staring:
As the Heroes:
Sean Connery as Charles Allegra Hawksmoor
Dolph Lundgren as Dylan ‘the Night Fox’
Robert Pattison as Margaret Killjoy
Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Geof
Cate Blanchett as Libby Bulloff
Whoopi Goldberg as Katie Casey
Jackie Chan as Juan Navarro

As the Villians:
Anthony Hopkins as Charles Babbage
Uma Thurman as Ada Lovelace

Guest starring:
Bruce Stirling as The Archivist and
Alan Moore as The Bard

Soundtrack by Abney Park

After the crack job he did with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, long-time friend of SteamPunk Magazine Alan Moore put Sean Connery in touch with Allegra. She’s been talking to Universal for the last couple of months, but I’m sure you understand the need to keep these things under wraps until the ink is on the contract.

Universal have slated a modest budget of $200 million to make Steampunk’d: The True Story of SteamPunk Magazine. But fans of the magazine needn’t worry that we’re abandoning our long-held conviction of putting the Punk back into SteamPunk.

The story is set is a post-apocalypse future, ruled over by the tyrannical Babbage Corporation. Society is run by the clockwork click of their Difference Engines and every individual’s life is planned out at birth, their DNA turned into a punchcard and fed into the machines. The perfect predictable functioning of society has allowed the British Empire to span the world, with just a few pockets of ‘savages’ left in the American First Nations and the plains of Mongolia.

Head of ‘Technical Support’ is Ada Lovelace. Far from being there to fix any problems which may occur with the Engines, TS is little more than a thought police which Lovelace is using to grind any notion of independent thought under the heal of her steel stilettos. Drawing inspiration from the Iron Lady of British politics–Margaret Thatcher–Lovelace is uncompromising, ambitious and seemingly without a chink in her armour.

Hawksmoor (Connery) is one of the few old enough to remember a time before the tyranny of Babbage. He travels the remains of the British Isle, through the decaying remains of Westminster Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Stone Henge and other iconic British landmarks, recruiting a group of outlaws and free-thinkers to strike back against Babbage. The fruit of their shared vision is SteamPunk Magazine, a voice of freedom, printed underground and distributed through a covert network of sympathisers.

As the influence of SteamPunk Magazine grows, Babbage’s system begins to fall apart and Hawksmoor’s destiny takes him on an unavoidable collision course with non other than Babbage himself!

Amidst the chaos and confusion caused by the conflict between Hawksmoor and Babbage, Bulloff seizes the opportunity to settle a decades old personal score… bringing the fight Lovelace’s own personal sanctum…

We’re also very pleased to have been talking to EA about the video game tie-in. The creative team they’ve assigned to the project are as excited about it as we are. We’ve also managed to secure the services of a number of our regular contributing artists to ensure the game has that unmistakable SPM ‘look’. At the moment, EA are talking about making it an Xbox 360 exclusive, but we’re pushing real hard to get a multi-format release. We’ve always believed our readers should be able to enjoy the magazine in whatever format they want, and we’re determined they should be allowed to experience the game on whatever system they prefer.

Shooting is due to start in mid-September (look out for a location list–we’re going to need extras, people!), with the final piece due to hit cinemas in time for Christmas 2012! How’s that for a stocking filler?

Disney Does Steampunk

Everyone, prepare to clutch your pearls and bemoan the “mainstreaming” of Steampunk… Disney has just released its Mechanical Kingdom pins, featuring Mickey and company all decked out with parasols, spats, and, of course, gears and goggles. It’s all a fun mix of cute and cringe-worthy, and has a lot of people crying about the official End of Steampunk.

Fortunately, Steampunk Scholar and Cory Gross at Voyages Extraordinaries have posts offering some perspective. As they point out, Disney was steampunk before Steampunk was steampunk – from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea back in the 1950s to more recent films like Atlantis and Treasure Planet that lured my generation of kids into the world of brass-coated sci fi.

Both are well worth the read and make excellent points. I gotta say, though, Mickey Mouse surrounded by gears might be a tad much for me, even if it isn’t the End of Steampunk.

SteamPunk Magazine @ White Mischief

Having more-or-less only just cooled our boots after the mad dash up to Newcastle for the UK Maker Faire, SteamPunk Magazine are on the move again. This time, we’re going down to old London town for White Mischief’s Great Exhibition, taking place at Scala in King’s Cross.

There is a fantastic night of music and madness going on there, with more steampunkiness than you can shake your silver-topped cane at.

Once again, we’re going to be taking advance copies of SteamPunk Magazine’s issue #7 with us (don’t worry, after this weekend you’ll be able to get it online too!) and will be generally shooting the breeze with anyone who stands by our stall for long enough. That said, the party goes on until 4am (or possibly 5am, we’ve just heard that the clocks actually go forwards that night) so don’t be surprised if we have all the appearance of extras from ‘Pride and Prejudice with Zombies’ by the end of the night.

More info at the White Mischief website.

Look forwards to seeing you there!

Help Artnoose Buy a Letterpress

This email was recently forwarded on to us by our good friends over at Cyberpunk Apocalypse.

A friend of theirs is trying to raise the money to setup a print shop that will support not-for-profit projects.

It is a genuinely good cause and more than deserves your support.

Check out more at the Artnoose page on Kickstarter.

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Another Conspirator Weblog

Speaking of SteamPunk Magazine co-conspirators with band new(ish) blogs, SPM writer, editor, attempted magazine layer-outer and all around dogsbody Allegra Hawksmoor has recently set herself up over at Hawksmoor’s Bazaar.

Here, she will be posting makers tutorials, articles and thoughts of interest to steampunks, reviews, ideas, and even the odd poem or two (with odd being the operative word here).

At the moment, she is working on a series of blog posts about the world in which ‘Liberty’, her story in the forthcoming issue of SteamPunk Magazine, is set.

Go and take a look. You know you want to.

www.hawksmoorsbazaar.net

Announcing DylanFox.Net

A while ago, Dylan — known to readers of SteamPunk Magazine as one of our writers and also as part of our editorial team — set up a new blog for himself over at DylanFox.net. Within this site are now posted thoughts, ramblings, talks about writing and other general madness and weirdness.

We haven’t mentioned it before now because we are notoriously rubbish at keeping up with things like that, but you should most definitely go and check it out right now.

www.dylanfox.net

Issue #8 Submission Guidelines

Just a quick note to let y’all know the submission guidelines have been updated for Issue #8, the theme confirmed and the reading period announced.  Here’s a summery summary:

The next reading period is 1st April 2010 to 31st May 2010, when we will be accepting submissions for Issue #8 of SteamPunk Magazine, which is due out in October. The theme for Issue #8 will be The Myth of History, studying the relationship between the impact that stories and legends have on us, and the fallacy of the concept of ‘truth’ in the way that history is recorded and remembered.. Some ideas for fiction and articles on this theme are:

  • Legends in steampunk
  • Popular misconceptions in history
  • Steampunk as historical myth
  • Allegorical poems and tales
  • The importance of stories over ‘fact’
  • Invented history
  • Lost and forgotten inventions
  • How history is constructed in order to obtain and maintain power

As always, we will accept both themed and unthemed material, so please don’t be restricted by the examples above.

Follow this link to read them in full, as well as get details of how to submit your stuff.

Please note, we are not open to submissions yet!