Nov 19, 2010

Steampunk Scholar at Steamcon II: November 19-21

The five year mission takes me south of the border yet again! That's why I've put the Twitter feed at the top, so people who drop in and aren't twits (or whatever we who tweet are called) can enjoy any updates I post.

Here's my itinerary for the weekend at Steamcon II in Seattle. If you're attending and you make it out to one of these, please come up and introduce yourself. It's always fun to meet the people who keep the blog worth doing.

Saturday                                                                                                           
Steampunk: Technofantasy in a Neo-Victorian Retrofuture      
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Emerald C, Hilton        
Mike Perschon - the Steampunk Scholar, breaks down his theory of steampunk into three aspects: the technology that doesn’t do anything, the past that never was, and the future that never will be.    

Meet James P. Blaylock                                              
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Emerald D & E, Hilton
An Interview with Author GOH James P. Blaylock

Joe and Jonah’s Weird West 
Noon - 1:00 PM - Mercer A & B, Hilton
An overview of some of the Weird West works by Joe Lansdale, focusing mainly on his three Jonah Hex miniseries, Two-Gun Mojo, Riders of the Worm and Such, and Shadows West.

The Triumph of Vision - The Prescience of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Mary Shelly  
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  Emerald B, Hilton        
Early pioneers of what we would call Science Fiction, living in the era we draw upon as Steam Punk, were remarkable in their visions and postulations about the future. What did they get right? How has our concept and understanding of science and our worldview been shaped by these and other major writers of classic fiction?   
Panel with Suzanne Jachim

A Soulless Reading with Gail Carriger & The Steampunk Scholar                    
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM - Suite by Pool, Marriott
Mike Perschon & Gail Carriger read excerpts from The Parasol Protectorate series.     

Sunday

Canuck Steampunk    
11:00 AM - Noon - Orcas A&B, Hilton       
A survey of steampunk set in Canada and/or written by Canadians: this will include an introduction to The Northern, the Canadian equivalent to the American Western, a look at the Deadlands supplement The Weird North as well as synopses and analyses of six pieces of steampunk written by Canadians: Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters, The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee, The Apparition Trail by Lisa Smedman, and Airborn, Skybreaker, and Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel. 

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