Thursday, July 26, 2012

Salt City Steamfest 2012


Salt City Steamfest
Paul Genesse Presentation Notes
Friday July 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Exploring Steampunk Novels and Stories
Find out where the steampunk genre started and learn about the novels and stories that spurred the modern steampunk movement. Author and editor, Paul Genesse will lead a discussion of the past and present works that have defined the genre, and mention his conversation with K.W. Jeter, the man who coined the term, “steampunk.” There will also be a group discussion of the steampunk books fans are reading today.
Rating: Teen+

(This is the tongue in cheek letter that K.W. Jeter wrote in 1987 to Locus Magazine and was published in April 1987, where he coined the term “steampunk.”)

Dear Locus,
Enclosed is a copy of my 1979 novel Morlock Night; I'd appreciate your being so good as to route it to Faren Miller, as it's a prime piece of evidence in the great debate as to who in "the Powers/Blaylock/Jeter fantasy triumvirate" was writing in the "gonzo-historical manner" first. Though of course, I did find her review in the March Locus to be quite flattering.
Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like "steampunks", perhaps...
—K.W. Jeter

Here are the links I’m planning on mentioning in the presentation:

Link to the Founders of Steampunk panel at World Fantasy 2012 in San Diego featuring: K.W. Jeter, James Blaylock, John Berlyne, and Tim Powers.

My favorite quotes from the panel:

“We weren’t hampered by knowledge” (about science). “Any revision of history that we do is accidental, as we don’t know anything about the real history.” Tim Powers

“Imaginary science is better and more fun than real science.” K.W. Jeter

“Anubis Gates is a complete fake as far as steampunk.” Tim Powers (author of Anubis Gates)

“Homunculus (by James Blaylock 1986) and Infernal Devices (by K.W. Jeter 1987) are perfect steampunk.” Tim Powers *Side note, the sequel to Infernal Devices is coming out from Tor Books in 2013 and is called "Fiendish Schemes"

Links to websites which go into detail about the great steampunk novels

Steampunk: 20 Core Titles

12 Classic Steampunk Novels

Wikipedia Steampunk List of Works (not complete, but pretty good)

Link to preview of my short story, “The Nubian Queen”


Link to Steampunk edited by Ann Vandermeer on Amazon


Link to Steampunk II by Ann Vandermeer on Amazon


List of awesome Steampunk novels:

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
The Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
Steampunk: anthology, ed. by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Perdido Street Station b y China Mieville
Extraordinary Engines: the Definitive Steampunk Anthology
Souless by Gail Carriger
Leviathan by Scott Westerfields
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo
Homunculus by James Blaylock
Morlock Night by K. W. Jeter
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson


D.J. Butler's novel: Liahona (City of the Saints) Part the First

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