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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
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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.

Related links:

Q&A with Elizabeth Chatsworth, The Brass Queen (L.M. Durand’s Little Book Corner)

Westport author’s fantasy weaves a tale of assassins and aliens in ‘The Brass Queen’ (Connecticut Post)

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.

New Fiction

The Lunar Trilogy cover
Image credit: Simon & Schuster

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.

More new fiction:

Under the Bright Saharan Sky by Lyssa Medana. Links: Author | Goodreads | Amazon

The Gangster by C.S. Poe (Magic & Steam Book 2). Links: Author | Goodreads | Amazon

Fur and Fangs by Nita Round (The Evie Chester Files Case Three). Links: Author | Goodreads | Amazon

Editor’s note: Thanks for all the well wishes regarding my recent health issues. I had surgery on my wrist last week with no complications. I’ll know more about my prognosis later this month. Fortunately, my bout with Covid-19 was mild and I’m now out of quarantine.

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Quick Hits

REVIEW: ‘Disenchantment’ Part 3 Continues the Adventure (But Why Tho?)

Disenchantment Season 3 - Review (IGN Africa)

‘Disenchantment’ season three review: Matt Groening’s swords-and-swigging sitcom loses the plot (NME)

10 Best Steampunk Movies You Should Watch (Cultured Vultures)

The Shark-Fighting Brothers behind 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (JSTOR Daily)

10 Studio Ghibli Creatures Inspired by Actual Folklore (ScreenRant)

Discover Brazilian steampunk from Amazon Prime Video (Somag News)

Panasonic’s VR Glasses look like steampunk goggles from the future (TweakTown)

Steampunk for the 2021 season (Stitches of Time)

Weird human skill, writing more than one story & finding author community (Video Q&A) (Gail Carriger)

Ring Out, Wild Bells (Patheos)

Horror/Comedy Man Goat & The Bunny Man Leads Zenescope April Titles (Bleeding Cool)

Redemption Exclusive: AWA Studios’ Upshot Studios Show Variant Covers (Bleeding Cool)

The Wildest Modes of Transportation in Film and Literature (Ferrovial blog)

Classic Sci Fi TV: Tales of Tomorrow (1951) (Cancelled Sci Fi)

Biomutant likely to launch in the next few months, bringing a wacky world of mutant RPG action (PCGamesN)

Review | Steampunk Tower 2 (Games With Toasty)

Steampunk Tower 2 Review (The Xbox Hub)

Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ for Switch launches February 25 in the west (Gematsu)

Code Realize Wintertide Miracles to Launch on Switch (The Nerd Stash)

Overwatch Fan Creates Impressive Steampunk Mercy Concept Art (Game Rant)

Amazing Overwatch Mercy fan art would make the perfect Steampunk skin (Dexerto)

Airborne Kingdom’s arabesque steampunk is an absolute delight (Rock Paper Shotgun)

A War Of The Worlds Game Is Invading The Nintendo Switch In February (The Gamer)

Bartlow’s Dread Machine Old Timey Shooter Gets Huge Update (Game Industry News)

Experience a VR Recreation of Disney World’s Classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride (Paste Magazine)

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Smartphone Game Ends Service on February 18 (Anime News Network)

Are you steaming with ideas for Heritage Day? (Stuff)

Railway City Brewing Brings Back Steampunk Dry Hopped Sour (Canadian Beer News)

Gideon’s Bakehouse Opens to INSANE Crowds Following Abrupt Closure (Inside the Magic)

How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Columbian Exposition (Sierra News Online)

Remembering the weird and brilliant scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla (Communities Digital News)

Historic Photos Show Herculean Relocation of Victorian Houses in San Francisco in the 1970s (The Bold Italic)

Gustave Caillebotte brought Paris to life in this 19th-century masterpiece (The Washington Post)

Lizzie Borden’s home, site of brutal axe murders, could be yours for $2 million (Live Science)

Historian Highlights Eerie Parallels Between Reactions To Cholera And COVID-19 Outbreaks (IFL Science)

Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts (Live Science)

CIA releases entire collection of UFO-related documents to truth-seeking website (Live Science)

Can science ‘prove’ there’s an afterlife? Netflix documentary says yes. (Live Science)

Having Certain Traits May Make You More Susceptible To “Hearing” The Dead (IFL Science)

13-foot-long ‘Book of the Dead’ scroll found in burial shaft in Egypt (Live Science)

Stunning Underwater Images From The “Ocean Art” Photography Competition (IFL Science)

Dire Wolves Were Not Actually Wolves At All, Surprising Study Reveals (IFL Science)

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