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Steampunk Digest - January 22, 2021
Our weekly roundup of news and other happenings in the steampunk world
Friday, January 22, 2021
Paris-based “steamgoth” band Victor Sierra has released its fifth album, Imperfect Meridians, following an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that raised US $3976 from 70 backers. The album features 12 tracks with new retrofuturistic adventures from aboard the Hydrogen Queen, the airship captained by band leader Commander Bob. Digital downloads are available on Amazon and iTunes, or you can stream it on Spotify or YouTube.
Author Elizabeth Chatsworth has posted a lyric video of “All Hail the Queen,” a chap hop song by Professor Elemental and Tom Caruana that was inspired by her new novel The Brass Queen. The song, created for the book’s Jan. 12 launch party, celebrates heroine Miss Constance Haltwhistle, an aristocrat and rogue inventor. The Professor and his collaborator are planning to release a live action version that will include clips submitted by steampunk fans.
They originally set a Jan. 7 deadline for fan submissions, but that’s been extended to Feb. 28, so there’s still time to join the fun. To participate, put on your best steampunk garb and shoot a selfie video “demonstrating your weapon of choice—blunderbuss, ray gun, teacup, umbrella—you name it!” Maximum length is 10 seconds. Get the details on the author’s website.
The book itself is now available in digital, paperback, and hardcover formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sellers.
Q&A with Elizabeth Chatsworth, The Brass Queen (L.M. Durand’s Little Book Corner)
Author Interview: Elizabeth Chatsworth (Michael Bradley)
TV writer/producer Joseph Mallozzi has inked a deal to create a TV series based on Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage fantasy novels, according to a report in Deadline. The stories are set in an alternate fantasy world where wizards known as Powder Mages use gunpowder to perform magic. The series has been described as “Flintlock Fantasy,” a subgenre similar to steampunk, but based on 18th-century technology.
Mallozzi is currently the showrunner of Utopia Falls, a sci-fi series on Hulu. He also served as a writer and producer on Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Stargate Universe. Deadline reports that he’ll be collaborating with two Canadian production companies, No Equal Entertainment and Frantic Films. The project appears to be in the early stages and there’s no word yet on the cast or distributors.
Simon & Schuster has released the first-ever English translation of Trylogia Ksiezycowa (The Lunar Trilogy), a critically acclaimed science fiction series penned by Polish writer Jerzy Żuławski between 1901 and 1911. The novels tell the story of a lunar colony established by marooned astronauts, whose descendants create a religion based on a savior who will take them back to Earth. The narrative spans many centuries. The author’s great-nephew, Andrzej Żuławski, later adapted the trilogy as a film.
The novels have been translated into Russian, Czech, German, and Hungarian, but this is the first English translation. It’s available as a trade paperback from multiple booksellers. See the publisher’s website for more info.
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