A Happy, Merry, Joyous, Miraculous, and Bright…Day

To all my readers who have followed what I have attempted to craft as entertaining, informative and enlightening blog posts over the last few months, I give my most heartfelt wishes of the season whether it’s a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, A Happy New Year, or a happy celebration of the sun starting its long journey northward after the longest night of the year (which is a perfectly good reason to celebrate in my opinion…)

As a suitable present, I give you two steampunk holiday musical selections–from Unwoman and Abney Park:

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A Christmas Carol

Frontispiece and title page of the first edition, 1843.

Frontispiece and title page of the first edition, 1843.

On this day, December the nineteenth, in 1843, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol (full title: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.) One could debate whether he took advantage of the entire Christmas shopping season by releasing the book only six days before Christmas, but since the first printing of 6000 was completely sold out by Christmas Eve, one must admit that it was a smash hit. And since its debut it has become even more popular, rivaling only, you know, The Bible, as the most known Christmas story. Continue reading

On the Twelfth Day of Steampunk Christmas…

On the eleventh day of Steampunk Christmas,

My true love gave to me:

Twelve steampunk movies.

The iconic image of the Man in the Moon from  Georges Méliès  A Trip to the Moon. (1902)

The iconic image of the Man in the Moon from Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon. (1902)

Since the steampunk culture started with literature–both the proto-steampunk works of Verne, Wells, et al, and first steampunk novels of the 1970s and 1980s–it only seems fitting that those works eventually be adapted for the big screen.  Here are some favorites:

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On the Tenth Day of Steampunk Christmas…

On the tenth day of Steampunk Christmas,

My true love gave to me:

Ten Steampunk Books.

For a cultural movement that started with literature, there is no lack of steampunk novels, anthologies, and non-fiction books.  Here are some suitable for gifting.

Cover of the 1873 first edition of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days.

Cover of the 1873 first edition of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.

Around the World in Eighty Days

A classic by Jules Verne, one of the Ur-Authors of Steampunk.  I read it again last year and it holds up.  Most movie versions don’t delve into Phileas Fogg’s mysterious past as much as they could.

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On the Ninth Day of Steampunk Christmas…

On the ninth day of Steampunk Christmas,

My true love gave to me:

Nine Steampunk Music Groups.

Steampunk music blurs the lines between fan music, filk, orchestral music, and industrial, (as well as many other genres) and it definitely does not lack in creativity.  Here in no particular order are nine groups popular in the steampunk community. Continue reading