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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-08-26 09:22
Subject: [clockpunk] Steampunk in the Boston Globe
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Tags:books, clockpunk, mainspring, publishing
jeffvandermeer points to this Boston Globe article on steampunk. (Registration may be required.) He and I were both interviewed for the article, though neither of us made it into the final draft. Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ] is referenced, however, on page 3 of the online version.

The influence on steampunk literature goes as far back as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, but those authors can't really be considered steampunk because they were writing about their own era. Michael Moorcock's "The Warlord of the Air" (1971), "Lord Kelvin's Machine" (1992) by James P. Blaylock, "The Difference Engine" (1991) by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, and Di Filippo's "Steampunk Trilogy" (1995) are often cited as the central steampunk novels. In "The Difference Engine," the visionary artist William Blake gives Powerpoint presentations using a kind of magnetic tile device. In a novel released this year, Jay Lake's "Mainspring," the sun revolves around the earth along a system of celestial gears.

If anyone in the Boston area could send me the hardcopy, I'd be much obliged.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-08-26 16:33 (UTC)
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That would be excellent if it's not too troublesome. (Might want to check at the newsstand that the article is actually there -- sometimes stuff is online but not in print.)

Thank you very much.
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Johnny Eponymous
User: johnnyeponymous
Date: 2007-08-26 18:19 (UTC)
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It's weird that they Chose Warlock of the The Air and The Steampunk Trilogy instead of The Anubis Gates and Infernal Devices by Jeter. Jeter, Powers and Blaylock's stuff are certainly more central to the SteamPunk that we're familiar with today than Moorcock's or di FIllipo's.

GOtta go and read the rest of the article now!
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User: kidamazo
Date: 2007-08-26 21:08 (UTC)
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Hi, Peter Bebergal here. I wanted to say I agree with this criticism here. I was often unsure what to consider the central books. I got a lot of different opinions and tried to come up with a general sense of what the core novels, but I agree these two are oversights. Thanks for the other comments.


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