Vintage Tomorrows — What Can Playing With the Past Teach Us About the Future?

Trailer for the coming future casting documentary “Vintage Tomorrows” about what Steampunk can teach us about the future.

Let me thank yereverluvinunclebert at LightQuick
for the artwork. I love that guys work and you will find it sprinkled throughout the blog! BTW check out LightQuick for some eye-popping web designs, widgets, and more.

Review: Gearteeth

Gearteeth
by Timothy Black
File Size: 881 KB
Print Length: 607 pages
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
ASIN: B009DSWRRY

(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

Gearteeth is a perfect read for Halloween while waiting for the little goblins to visit. Timothy Black uses steampunk as a setting for a cool horror tale. I liked the world-building and the werewolves twist.

The story is well-written and nicely paced. The characters are nicely developed and believable. In short, I fell into the story and stayed immersed in it throughout and that’s the sign of a well-written novel.

On the downside, I felt uncomfortable with the “n” word.  I understand that a man of the era would have used the word, but was it really necessary?  It’s also the first part of a trilogy (Gearteeth Trilogy) so there will be two more novels to conclude the story. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the book.

I would recommend it for the steampunk fan or horror enthusiast. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Product description:

“In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves erupted in the United States and soon spread to the rest of the world. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a secret order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.

Yet twenty years later only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city’s Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians.

When the beast in his blood surges forth, Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves and the city that is humanity’s last hope of survival.”


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the author Timothy Black. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Doctor Who – Steampunk Tardis Papercraft

Cool Tardis papercraft models. I really like the steampunk version of Dr. Who’s Tardis. If you would like to try making one of these, you can download the free pdf file and print the parts on card stock. (download)

The blue Tardis is also a paper model at http://www.chthulhu.com/models/tardis.html

HMS Bounty sunk

HMS Bounty
HMS Bounty

When I lived in Pensacola, I had the opportunity to go aboard the HMS Bounty. I enjoyed every minute of it. I am sadden to learn of it’s lost and some reports suggest loss of life.

The Bounty was built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando. It has been in several documentaries and was the Edinburgh Trader in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” with Johnny Depp.

 

 

Steampunk Orrery, Calendar Yahoo Widget

Steampunk Orrery, Calendar Yahoo Widget

Steampunk is something that can be expressed in your everyday life from your attire to your home furnishings. While you may not be confident in modifying your computer case, and I understand why, you might consider some steampunk wallpaper and a great widget.

One of the coolest set of widgets that I have ever seen has been created by the talented minds at Lightquick (link).

For people like myself who have always wanted a cool looking orrey to plot the moon and planets, this is a special treat.  Who needs a real one when you can play with a desktop version? Okay, I admit it. I still wouldn’t mind a real one on my desk.

By the way, all of their widgets are free, but you might consider a donation.

Skull Clock

“Time is an absurdity. An abstraction. The only thing that matters is this moment. This moment a million times over. You have to trust me. If this moment is repeated enough, if you keep trying — and you have to keep trying — eventually you will come across the next item on your list.”
― Jonathan Nolan, Memento mori

 

Professor Fate – Daredevil Stunt

A little something for the steampunky neo-victorian fans out there. This is one of my favorites and has been since childhood. I think if there were a musical theme for my life, it would be the Professor Fate theme music.

Cover of "The Great Race"
Cover of The Great Race

Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk. A comedy about a wild and crazy auto race from New York to Paris in 1908. A stoic hero, a dastardly villain and a determined female reporter are among the cast of zany competitors.

The Great Race

My favorite quote … “The eternal struggle takes time, Max.”

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