Surreal siege engines and a ruined mansion: new work from CGI artist Jim Kazanjian

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CGI artist Jim Kazanjian's work is both surreal and hyper-real, looking for all the world like photos of true, improbable things. Read the rest

Tentacled crib

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Rentdownstairs was expecting a new baby, so they commissioned Atlanta woodworker Garrick Andrus to carve this amazing tentacled crib out of walnut for the impending bundle of joy. Read the rest

Kickstarting a new, Gormenghastian comic from Paul Di Filippo

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The Black Mill is a New Weird comic from Paul Di Filippo, a treasure of science fiction, drawn by Orion Zangara and colored and lettered by Derek Chase. Read the rest

Gorgeous Victorian early typewriter

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Martin Howard from Toronto's Howard Collection writes, "The Salter is one of England’s first typewriters and is a stunning example of a piece of Victorian engineering. It was made by The Geo. Salter & Co. of West Bromwich who were well known at the time as the makers of penny scales, which were a common feature in train stations and other public areas." Read the rest

Kickstarting an exciting feminist steampunk bicycle-racing novel

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You may remember Elly Blue from Pedal Zombies, a kickstarted collection of feminist science fiction about zombies and bicycles. Now she's back with a new crowdfunding drive for a feminist steampunk cycling novel called The Velocipede Races. Read the rest

Kinetic steampunk pub in Romania is boozily adorable

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Enigma Café in Romania claims to be the first “kinetic steampunk” pub in the world. Read the rest

Handmade glowing radio-tube USB drives

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Created by Latvia's Slavatech, these glowing, copper-chased USB drives come in 8/16/32/64GB starting at $39 -- they glow LED blue when plugged in. (via M1k3y) Read the rest

Brass cuffs decorated with vintage maps, anatomy, science and math

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Kate in Dorchester, England makes gorgeous brass wrist-cuffs decorated with vintage literary, cartographic and scientific imagery: there's Poe's Raven; the periodic table; anatomical dentistry drawings; Newton's laws of motion; the human spine; a map of the Thames and the Tower of London; a tape-measure; the human foot's bones; and headlines from Jack the Ripper's killings and much, much more. Read the rest

The steampunk statues of Medellin, Colombia

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Herman from Colombia's Proyecto Liquido writes, "This is part of Medellín Steampunk a city project that resulted from a partnership between Fractal and the Secretary of Culture of the Medellín Mayor's Office. Read the rest

Homemade steampunk neck-brace

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What do you do about the huge, ugly neck-brace your doctor wants you to wear after spinal fusion surgery? Read the rest

Steampunk power-plant ring

Thinkgeek's new $30 Hi-Voltage Toric Generator Ring is a copper-plated pewter fancy that looks a tiny power-plant on your finger. Read the rest

Light-up steampunk watch

Thinkgeek's $60 Tesla Steampunk Watch has it all: clock-winding key, silvery vacuum tubes (they light with an elaborate switch), brass housing, steam-pressure dial second-hand, and a sturdy leather strap. Read the rest

Steampunk diving mask

A new delight from Ukrainian steampunk leatherworker Bob Basset: Steampunk Art Leather Dive Helmet, $1100. Read the rest

Steampunk infographics

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I'm not quite sure why Geoff McGhee describes these vintage-style charts of modern data as "steampunk," but they sure are gorgeous! Perhaps … lithopunk? Mimeopunk? [via] Read the rest

Cthulhu amigurumis

Barcelona's Mari Axel creates many delightful crocheted and knit lovelies, including a whole range of Cthuloid amigurumi: Cthulhu, Steampunk Cthulhu, Minion Cthulhu; Multicolored Pastel Cthulhus, and many more. Read the rest

On writing steampunk

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My first steampunk story, “The Ape-box Affair,” was published in Unearth magazine in 1978. I was paid half a cent a word for it and was happy to get the 40 bucks—and doubly happy simply to see it in print.

Why the Healer deserves to be a Hero

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We talk with author Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger, about why healers are never the hero in genre fiction and how she decided to change that. We also press her for baked brie recipes and discover how the Foo Fighters helped shape Octavia Leander.

The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon! Read the rest

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