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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.

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While other people avoided hurricane stormclouds left and right during the last Saturday in August, I celebrated my fiancee’s birthday by heading over to Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA, where my friends and I entered a curious building run by the interactive entertainment group 5 Wits. We bought tickets to what first appeared to be a steampunk art exhibition sponsored bySteamPuffin and walked into a room containing dazzling artwork, including a rotating gearwork table and neo-Victorian mixed media pieces. The only other person there introduced himself as Ryan, the intern at 5 Wits, who was busy with a feather duster cleaning the displays. Nothing much is going on, he explained, except for the unfortunate water damage that happened in the building (with the pre-Hurricane Irene rains pouring outside, it set up an appropriate backdrop). Suddenly, the lights dimmed, the sound of grinding gears were heard, and one of the paintings slid open to reveal a hidden door to a rusted metal room....

Read the rest over on Tor.com!

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Hope all of you have survived the wrath of Irene & enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. We've cleared the branches from our driveway and now the power is back on, and so we're delighted to give everyone an update about Tea & Revelry!

We had to postpone it because of the hurricane, but now we're back and offering additional tickets to cover the increase in demand.

Purchase here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/190298


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You are graciously invited by owners Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum for tea! Includes an exclusive tour from top to bottom of steampunk’s most famous house, plus:

- Lovely high tea presented by Miss Kitty!

- Professional Portrait shots inside the home courtesy of Conjure Photography


- Great prizes offered to our guests donated by Dr. Grymm Laboratories, Red Fork Empire, Big Bear Trading Company, Thee-Gartisan Works and more!


- A chance to win weekend passes TeslaCon in November, the premiere immersive convention featuring special guests Gail Carriger & George Mann.


- Various entertainments galore for the evening.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Rising Phoenix Fund, sponsored by Beyond Victoriana and Button Me Up on Etsy. Started in March 2011 in response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, the fund is in support of Shelterbox, an international aid organization specializing in first responder disaster relief. The Rising Phoenix Fund’s goal is to raise $3000 total by the end of our convention season.

About our Sponsors:


ModVic is a company specializing in Victorian Home restoration and steampunk home interior design, owned by Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum. ModVic's mission is to authentically restore historic Victorian homes (1850 – 1910) back to their original beauty and richness while completely modernizing the home’s systems, functional layout and conveniences for families of today. The Rosenbaum’s ModVic home in Sharon, Massachusetts has been featured in countless national and international news shows, magazines, and websites for its unbounded steampunk splendor.


Beyond Victoriana is an award-winning multicultural steampunk blog. The focus of the blog is to highlight the cultural intersection non-Western cultures, underrepresented minorities in Western histories (Asian / Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, First Nation, Hispanic, black / African), and the cultural intersection between the West and the non-West. Beyond Victoriana has been featured on various steampunk, sci-fi, and pop culture websites such as Tor.com, SF Signal, NerdCaliber, Steampunk Magazine, The Steampunk Workshop, COLORLINES, and Racialicious. It has also been featured in the book The Steampunk Bible, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and S.J. Chambers.


Button Me Up on Etsy is an online button specialty store that focuses on Japanese, anime, and fandom buttons, and is run by Morgan Payne, Dillon Payne, and Jess Idres.

Still undecided? Why not check out this clip of the ModVic House on the recent episode of Young, Broke & Beautiful:


Young, Broke & Beautiful "Steampunk Office" web extra from 44 Pictures on Vimeo.









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Hope all of you have survived the wrath of Irene & enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. We've cleared the branches from our driveway and now the power is back on, and so we're delighted to give everyone an update about Tea & Revelry!

We had to postpone it because of the hurricane, but now we're back and offering additional tickets to cover the increase in demand.

Purchase here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/190298


You are graciously invited by owners Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum for tea! Includes an exclusive tour from top to bottom of steampunk’s most famous house, plus:

- Lovely high tea presented by Miss Kitty!

- Professional Portrait shots inside the home courtesy of Conjure Photography

- Great prizes offered to our guests donated by Dr. Grymm Laboratories, Red Fork Empire, Big Bear Trading Company, Thee-Gartisan Works and more!

- A chance to win weekend passes TeslaCon in November, the premiere immersive convention featuring special guests Gail Carriger & George Mann.

- Various entertainments galore for the evening.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Rising Phoenix Fund, sponsored by Beyond Victoriana and Button Me Up on Etsy. Started in March 2011 in response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, the fund is in support of Shelterbox, an international aid organization specializing in first responder disaster relief. The Rising Phoenix Fund’s goal is to raise $3000 total by the end of our convention season.

About our Sponsors:

ModVic is a company specializing in Victorian Home restoration and steampunk home interior design, owned by Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum. ModVic's mission is to authentically restore historic Victorian homes (1850 – 1910) back to their original beauty and richness while completely modernizing the home’s systems, functional layout and conveniences for families of today. The Rosenbaum’s ModVic home in Sharon, Massachusetts has been featured in countless national and international news shows, magazines, and websites for its unbounded steampunk splendor.

Beyond Victoriana is an award-winning multicultural steampunk blog. The focus of the blog is to highlight the cultural intersection non-Western cultures, underrepresented minorities in Western histories (Asian / Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, First Nation, Hispanic, black / African), and the cultural intersection between the West and the non-West. Beyond Victoriana has been featured on various steampunk, sci-fi, and pop culture websites such as Tor.com, SF Signal, NerdCaliber, Steampunk Magazine, The Steampunk Workshop, COLORLINES, and Racialicious. It has also been featured in the book The Steampunk Bible, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and S.J. Chambers.

Button Me Up on Etsy is an online button specialty store that focuses on Japanese, anime, and fandom buttons, and is run by Morgan Payne, Dillon Payne, and Jess Idres.

Still undecided? Why not check out this clip of the ModVic House on the recent episode of Young, Broke & Beautiful:

 

Young, Broke & Beautiful "Steampunk Office" web extra from 44 Pictures on Vimeo.



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Throughout the summer, I've been doing fundraiser work for Shelterbox and we're rounding off our season of events with a real special one.

Ever wanted to see the inside of the famous ModVic house yourself? You are graciously invited by owners Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum, who present a rare opportunity to visit their home for tea! Includes an exclusive tour from top to bottom of steampunk’s most famous house, plus:

 

- Lovely high tea presented by Miss Kitty!

- Professional Portrait shots inside the home courtesy of Conjure Photography

- Great prizes offered to our guests donated by Dr. Grymm Laboratories,Red Fork Empire, Big Bear Trading Company, Thee-Gartisan Works and more!

- A chance to win weekend passes to the Great New England Steampunk Exhibition in September, which includes special guests Abney Park, Phil & Kaja Foglio, the creators of Girl Genius, maker extraordinaire Jake von Slatt, and to TeslaCon in November, the premiere immersive convention featuring special guests Gail Carriger & George Mann.

- Various entertainments galore for the evening.

 

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Rising Phoenix Fund, sponsored by Beyond Victoriana and Button Me Up on Etsy. Started in March 2011 in response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, the fund is in support of Shelterbox, an international aid organization specializing in first responder disaster relief. The Rising Phoenix Fund’s goal is to raise $3000 before September 5th, 2011.


EVENT DATE:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 2011
5 PM - 8 PM
The ModVic House in Sharon, Massachusetts (click on links for full address)

Only 20 tickets are available for this exclusive event. Be sure to book your ticket today.

 

BUY TICKETS AT BROWN PAPER TICKETS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/190298

RSVP ON THE STEAMPUNK EMPIRE: http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/events/tea-revelry

RSVP ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=227096253994381
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From the Chinese film version of "The Gallant Maid" titled "The Heroine"

He Yufeng was created by “Yanbei Xianren” and appeared in Ernü ying xiong zhuan (The Gallant Maid, 1851-1879). “Yanbei Xianren” was the pseudonym of Wen K’ang (1798- 1872), a local official in Anhui who came from a prominent Manchu family and was appointed imperial agent to Lhasa. The Gallant Maid is little-known outside of China but is popular inside it, having inspired sixteen sequels.

The Gallant Maid is about He Yufeng (“Jade Phoenix”) and An Ji. An Ji is the son of the righteous official and Manchu bannerman An Xuehai. An Xuehai is in charge of the repair of a dam, but a flood destroys the dam and An Xuehai is made the scapegoat for its destruction. An Xuehai is imprisoned and ordered to pay a large fine. An Ji travels a long way to help his father, carrying a large load of silver to ransom him, but he repeatedly runs into misfortune, with his donkey drivers and later some evil monks both trying to rob him. Both times he is rescued by He Yufeng, who also frees an old farmer whose wife and daughter, Chinfeng (“Golden Phoenix”), had been captured by the monks. He Yufeng explains herself to the farmer. Years ago her father, General Ho, had been killed by sorcery. General Ho had been a high official of the Solid Yellow Banner, but his superior had ordered him to marry He Yufeng to the official’s son. The son was crude and barbaric and was unworthy of He Yufeng, who is beautiful and educated. General Ho refused to countenance the wedding, so his superior had him jailed on false charges and then killed him via sorcery. He Yufeng, loyal to her father in the proper Confucian way, retreats to a rustic village with her mother and then goes to the underworld and trains herself as a nüxia, or female knight-errant, to avenge her father. While her mother is alive, however, He Yufeng cannot carry our her revenge, and instead makes a good living robbing corrupt and evil government officials. He Yufeng is so strong and such a good fighter that all the other outlaws greatly respect and fear her. In the underworld she is known as Shisan Mei, “the Thirteenth Sister.”

Read more on BeyondVictoriana.com

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When I agreed to write the series about Bulgaria under the Ottoman rule as a suitable stage for the steampunk genre, I underestimated the challenge these articles present. I want to deliver a portrayal of a complicated and cruel span of five centuries in Bulgarian history. At the same time I’m dealing with controversial and sensitive material, given that the Ottoman occupation has hindered Bulgaria’s access to Europe during the time of the Industrial Revolution.1



Even more so, given that this article deals with the cruelest tactic from the Ottoman empire to ensure its armies never lacked man power, while at the same time assured the assimilation of all conquered lands: the ‘enichari’ corps. 2. The word ‘enichar’ means ‘new soldier’ and refers to an Ottoman military class, which consists from non-Muslims. During the 14th century, the Ottoman conquests resulted in a sizeable amount of conquered territories and the aching need to expand the empire’s armies.



Read more on BeyondVictoriana.com


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Steampunks in the US Pacific Northwest, we got a special gift for you!

The lovely folks at Portland GEAR Con in Oregon have generously donated two weekend passes and a pledge to the Rising Phoenix Fund.

We will be giving away these tickets FOR FREE to one lucky winner.

Enter giveaway here.

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Story Excerpt:


Dorothy Winterman's "African Amazon" outfit

It is day 15 of our arduous journey through the veldts of Nigeria (or are we in Cameroon yet?). Our tracker Adeola has discovered new tracks and scraps of fibers from obviously foreign cloths. She can find a single iguana track amongst a bevy of crocodiles, this one can. We listen intently that these “men” are probably several hours, if not a day away. We find evidence of them through their encampments, their excrement and their litter. Yes, litter. Can you imagine- these foreigners, these soldiers, these baby snatching, people annihilating, genocidal rapists also throw their unwanted refuse upon our beautiful, sacred ground. Well if you can march hordes of innocent groups of human beings to ships waiting to whisk them away to be enslaved, massacred and destroyed in a whole different place on this globe, throwing down unwanted garbage must not mean much. I guess it truly lies in one’s perspective, does it not?

I think to myself, “Did I travel back in time for this?”

Read more on BeyondVictoriana.com
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This summer, I said that I'll be unveiling a couple of additional surprises for people who donate to the Rising Phoenix Fund. The first one came into the mail recently...

What is this you say?

A signed review copy of Scott Westerfeld's GOLIATH!


That's right. Be the coolest steampunk ever & read the thrilling conclusion to the Leviathan trilogy BEFORE it pubs in September! You'll be the envy of all of your friends.

And did I mentioned this is signed? You'll be holding a book that Scott once held. Now that's pretty sweet.

Anyone who donates from July 1st through July 31st can get a chance to win this book.

All you need is to donate directly to Shelterbox or buy a button from Button Me Up. Your info will automatically be entered to win, and the winner will be announced on August 1st.

Summary of GOLIATH for the curious:
Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.

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