Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Big Ol’ Steampunk Post

First up, I’m verily excited about today’s release of the new steampunk anthology aptly titled Steampunk! The genre is becoming a popular choice for short fiction collections, and I can’t wait to pick this one up. For a preview, you can nab a free copy of Cory Doctorow’s story, Clockwork Fagin, for your Kindle. 

There are plenty of calls for steampunk submissions suited to almost any blend of Victorian fare. Here’s a few to check out: 

Entangled Publishing is looking for steampunk with strong romantic elements. They’re also still taking subs for a superhero antho with similar guidelines. 

KnightWatch Press is collecting steampunk horror tales for Machina Mortis: Steampunk'd Tales of Terror.

Or, consider sending your work to one of these wonderful periodicals: Steampunk Magazine and Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders. Both are available in print and digital versions. 

Tor's Steampunk Week was a hit, once again. If you didn’t get a chance to follow the fun, I suggest you hop on over to browse the articles. Cat Rambo’s plea for the appearance of more historic women in steampunk was refreshing, and Mike Perschon (aka the Steampunk Scholar) presents his annotated Steampunk Gilgamesh. Plus, there’s oodles of great stuff on the artwork, designs, and overall aesthetics of the subculture. 

Another bit of awesome on my radar this week is the new movie trailer for The Raven, scheduled for release next year. While there doesn’t seem to be anything specifically steampunk about it so far, but I can’t pass up a deliciously spooky Victorian story. For me, John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe is just as wonderful a casting as Johnny Depp was as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. Enjoy a peak: 

Finally, I’ve gotta give a shout out to a budding enterprise in my old stomping ground, Colorado Springs. Steampunk Brewing Co. isn’t up and running yet, but I’ll be keeping an eye on them to get off the ground sometime next year. They do have a website where you can show your support and follow their blog. Steampunk and beer is a great combination. OK, anything and beer is a great combination.

Any favorite posts from Steampunk Week? Feel free to let us know about more submission opportunities, too. Or, tell me about any anthologies you've read that can't be missed.

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