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dmp ([personal profile] dmp) wrote2010-02-04 19:51

Beyond Victoriana: Odds & Ends #1

This post has been been cross-posted to Beyond Victoriana's own website. Please submit all comments there. While gathering materials and suggestions for things to feature on Beyond Victoriana, fellow steampunks offered quite a few delicious tidbits that were interesting reads and looks, but not quite enough for a full post. So here are some Odds & Ends from the aethernets and elsewhere for you to enjoy---

The Reads:

The Effluent Engine, part of A Story for Haiti project
N.J. Jeminsin (author of One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms) wrote this steampunk tale about pirates set in New Orleans, originally for a lesbian steampunk anthology. Enjoy reading it, but better yet donate, donate, donate.

Pimp My Airship
Another entertaining read featuring African steampunk by Maurice Broaddus.

Distant Deeps or Skies
This just in today -- Mexican steampunk story by Silvia Moreno-Garcia that's featured in Expanded Horizons magazine.

Moon Maiden's Mirror
An evocative steamy fairytale in an Asian setting, written by Joyce Chng as part of Semaphore Magazine. Link goes to PDF of the September 2009 issue.

Steampunk: A Mobile Device Concept for Rural India
The technology blog Adaptive Path wrote an interesting article about how engineers use concepts of steampunk technology to design mobile cell phones in India.


The Pics:



Frist mentioned by Jess Nevins (you may know him as the editor for the Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana) on the speculative blog community No Fear of the Future, about Lu Shi'e's Xin Ye Sou Pu Yan (1909), with the following blurb:

"In this tale, Europe is a Chinese colony and it describes the Chinese government’s suppression of an uprising planned by European "restoration" rebels. The Chinese Emperor orders the generalissimo in charge of Europe, Wen Suchen, to suppress the rebellion with flying warships. Generalissimo Wen not only conquers all seventy-two European nations but continues on to the moon and Jupiter as well. The most marvellous part of this tale is that Jupiter is described as being covered completely with gold and abounding with flora and fauna–the perfect destination for migration. Wen is then appointed Governor of Jupiter. From then on, the means of communication and transportation between Earth and Jupiter is, naturally, by flying ship."




Sent in from Professor Von Explaino in Australia:

"Found this picture in a holiday home my wife and I were staying in and thought it would be something you'd like or have a use for.  The tattoos definitely seem Maori."




"Punk Tribe" by 343GuiltySpark

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[identity profile] opheliastorn.livejournal.com 2010-02-07 21:33 (UTC)(link)
Hi! The portrait of the Maori gent is by Charles Frederick Goldie, a Pakeha artist who painted many Maori dignitaries etc. This one is called All ‘e Same t’e Pakeha, and is of Te Aho-te-Rangi Wharepu. It's one of Goldie's most recognisable, so I'm not surprised someone had it on the wall of their holiday home!

I think it's from the early 1900s. I can see how it could be interesting as material for a steampunk author, even though it's not an example of the genre in itself. (I also recommend looking up a higher-res version, if you have the time - his moko is chiselled on!)

[identity profile] opheliastorn.livejournal.com 2010-02-08 22:47 (UTC)(link)
No problem! It's always a bit exciting to see some odd bit of Kiwiana pop up in an unexpected place - and even better when it's something I recognise.

I can't remember the photographer, but there's a collection of portrait photographs on display in the Nelson Museum of Maori and Pakeha people from - I think - the same time, with a similar merging of culture apparent (thoroughly one-sided, though, unfortunately and unexpectedly). No one knows who the subjects of the photos are, as the photographer just asked to take photos of random people he met on his travels. Very interesting stuff, though.