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A spot of bad news that I think is necessary to share, especially for the folks who follow me on Beyond Victoriana.


Last week, I received word that my responsibilities at Tor.com have changed, and I will no longer be responsible for maintaining Tor.com Steampunk Facebook and Twitter feeds. I will remain, however, on-board as Tor.com’s blogger for all things steam-worthy and thensome.

I’m saddened by this news, especially since I highly enjoyed seeing both Facebook & Twitter grow exponentially since I was first given the responsibility last December. But I also know that the publishing industry is going through some belt-tightening times. It’s an understandable and ugly reality in this economy.

Nevertheless, I look forward to continuing my working relationship with Tor.com as I’m involved in the steampunk community. Beyond Victoriana, of course, isn’t going anywhere (and you can follow on Facebook too!).  Additionally, I’m working on a new venture with Tor to spotlight steampunk events & announcements and am still interested in press releases for anything steampunk-related for consideration to post on Tor.com, and the steampunk links will still be coming via my personal Twitter at writersyndome. Press releases and publicity outreach can be sent to me at attic.hermit@gmail.com.

Thanks, everyone, for your understanding & support through this transition.

 
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Alongside grad school,  conventions, and running this blog, I've had the pleasure of curating this year's steampunk blogging event over at Tor.com. This week, from October 3rd through the 7th, I invite you all to mosey over to Tor and check out the lovely contributions, book reviews & giveaways going on.


Click to start reading on Tor.com

I'll be cross-linking several articles that are relevant to Beyond Victoriana over on the main site, but you can check out the full week's worth of goodies on the Steampunk Week Index Page.

Please show some love to our contributors & say hello in the comments :D
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Note: While enjoying Wiscon this weekend (con report forthcoming), check out my latest review over at Tor.com. Delayed updates to Con Extravaganza & Asian Identities, Crossing Borders will be posted later this week.


During the Tribeca Film Festival, I managed to catch a showing of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Watching the preview, this film promised big set pieces, lots of fiery explosions, and awesome martial arts action. A film that has Chinese alternate history and features a detective worthy of Sherlock, a black market underground beneath the Forbidden City, and a plot involving the mechanics of building a 800-foot tall Buddha—it all sounds pretty steampunk-esque. When a post about it went up on Tor.com Steampunk, people scratched their heads about whether it would qualify, or if, yet again, a fad word had been plopped in by marketing.

I think it’s steampunk in the way James Ng’s art is, the way Shweta Narayan’s “Eyes of the Craven Emerald” is, the way that Yakoub Islam plans to write a Muslim steampunk story set in the twelfth century, and the way that Aether Age plays with the concept of highly industrialized ancient civilizations. So for any nay-sayers who are not calling this steampunk, then I suppose these don’t qualify either. But examining how technology can—and has—developed independently from Western influence is an idea that shouldn’t mark something as not being steampunk.

But enough squabbling about labels, because in the end, this is one kick-ass entertaining film in its own right.

Read the rest over at Tor.com.

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