Photo Friday: It’s Covered.

I took a trip down memory lane this week: #Whoviansau (ABC2) did a shout out for Doctor Who art. I delved into my fanzine collection and found these covers I had done for Blacklight (Gallifrey Doctor Who Appreciation Society fanzine), circa 1994. Breathing in all that dust was not a good idea. Hello sinus infection and bronchitis. Ugh. On a more positive note, I found a replacement dress dummy at Salvos (a fraction of the cost of a new one).

 

I am soldiering on with my writing (more on that in Sunday's post). I have a deadline looming and I can't disappoint you, Dear Reader. This week I've been wrangling convoluted timelines... Thank goodness for whiteboards. And here's a sneak preview of one of the elements planned for the cover of The Illusionist & Other Tales: Journal #3.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.

Steampunk 30th Anniversary (and a giveaway!)

This April, it's official; steampunk celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its naming day. It was in 1987 that the term steampunk was used by KW Jeter in a note to the Locus magazine, for their April edition.
"Dear Locus,
Enclosed is a copy of my 1979 novel Morlock Night; I'd appreciate your being so good as to route it Faren Miller, as it's a prime piece of evidence in the great debate as to who in "the Powers/Blaylock/Jeter fantasy triumvirate" was writing in the "gonzo-historical manner" first. Though of course, I did find her review in the March Locus to be quite flattering.
Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like 'steam-punks', perhaps."
—K.W. Jeter
 
Of course steampunk had been around much longer - emerging in written and visual form, such as:
  • Morlock Night  (KW Jeter, 1979)
  • The Anubis Gates (Tim Powers, 1983)
  • Homunculus  (James Blaylock, 1986)
  • Infernal Devices: A Mad Victorian Fantasy  (KW Jeter, 1987)
And earlier still: Michael Moorcock wrote stories with steampunk elements, enshrining the airship in the, as yet unnamed, genre. His stories were alternate histories, not necessarily set in the Victorian era.
  • Warlord of the Air (1971)
  • The Land Leviathan (1974)
  • The Steel Tsar  (1982)
Television tinkered with steampunk as early as 1965, with the Wild, Wild West television series (starting on my birthday. Oh, it was meant to be!) and later with QED, set in Edwardian London. Since then many series, including Castle, CSI:New York and NCIS:LA, have flirted with steampunk (with varying results). More recently we've had Warehouse 13, Sanctuary and Murdoch Mysteries. Pre-1987 movies include 1958's The World of Jules Verne, Time After Time (1979) and others. Since 1987, the list of steampunk works has been growing. (I've previously listed some works, articles and groups HERE) You can also find a list of steampunk works on wikipedia. Many groups are celebrating the thirtieth anniversary: I'll be celebrating by reading, watching steampunk movies and tv show DVDs, meeting up with my writers' group for tea and bikkies. Come join me and Lynne, from Steampunk Sunday, Queensland Australia, on the 21st April for a Facebook event: Celebrating 30 years of (official) steampunk. To add to the celebrations, I'm hosting a giveaway, starting today!

Steampunk 30th Anniversary Giveaway

You can win an eBook copy of each of Viola Stewart's adventures (four eBooks in total), currently available via Smashwords and Amazon:
  • Three Short Stories
  • Doctor Jack
  • Three More Short Stories
  • Eye of the Beholder.

  

How to enter: Sign up for my newsletter/email list by 11.59pm, 19th April (Australian CST). The winner will be randomly selected.

Subscribe to mailing list for your chance to win:

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MY APOLOGIES.

There are technical issues with auto signup (and internet provider today). If you've issues signing up for my steampunk 30th comp or are unsure if it registered - email me TONIGHT with yr email and details, to add manually. karen(at)karenjcarlisle(dot)com.

The winner will be announced in Tea & Tidings newsletter and on this blog on Friday 21st April. So watch this space!

Photo Friday: Eat, Write, Play.

Eat: One of the great things about conventions are the people you meet - con buddies, line buddies and fellow artists. My booth buddy, for the second time, was Kimberley Clark who travelled down from Brisbane for the Oz Comic Con. We had dinner on Friday night at Little NNQ Vietnamese restaurant in the city - a generous serving of delicious food and a photo opportunity showcasing the eclectic mix of old and new architecture in Adelaide.

 

Write: I completed my latest short - Mrs Hudson Investigates - and submitted it to an upcoming anthology. Wish me luck! I now have another story series percolating through my brain... 

My talk for the local writing group today: Plotting for Non-Plotters

Play: Last D&D session was intense but we survived! Tomorrow we get to play our alternative milieu. And a few more photos from last weekend: I helped my daughter make a 'Chat Noir' ring from sculpy. Unfortunately it was a tad large and was lost after only a few hours. If anyone found it at the event, please contact me.  

Any one for a game of chess?

I didn't buy much at the convention - but couldn't resist Neil Gaiman's Death or the Elfquest book and t-shirt.

Photos © 2017 Karen Carlisle.