Running late

Many apologies but I am operating on no sleep and must get some before I try to put a post together. I’ll be back in a couple of hours with something that will, hopefully, make sense. Until then, the floor is yours.

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  1. Give ’em the floor, they’ll take the whole house!

  2. BobtheRegisterredFool

    What is steampunk, what are the defining features and standard plots?

    • Bob

      Longer answer: it’s fantasy with a taste of modernity, with big cities and advanced technology, and the tech that made it possible, with a sense of newness to the advancement, you can see the gears and the wheels and the tech can often be volatile and dangerous.

      Recapturing a sense of exploration and discovery from the early industrial revolution.

      And gears and goggles. Lots of gears and goggles.

    • Bob

      Side note, on a walk through one of the very rare bookstores in my general area, I happened upon a fat volume entitled: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk. I picked it up and looked at the back in interest and saw: it was all about fantasy worlds were technology is used to elevate and liberate women and oppressed peoples instead of aiding in their oppression (yeah, technology never liberated any group in real life)

      According to Amazon’s description: This is steampunk with a modern, post-colonial sensibility.

      Yeah, I put that thing back on the shelf and looked for something else.

      http://www.amazon.com/Mammoth-Book-Steampunk-Sean-Wallace/dp/0762444681/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442326674&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mammoth+book+of+steampunk

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        Yeah, wasn’t much in that book worth reading. I want to write in the genre before it’s totally ruined by SJWism.

        • Bob

          Irony being I’d actually be interested in steampunk stories featuring stuff like coal mining and logging, a source of energy being necessary to power any industrial revolution, but a realistic depiction, not an SJW environmentalism oppression story.

    • Steampunk is, like cyberpunk, an aesthetic. The aesthetic is to recreate modern technology using the technology available before electricity, and import it into the world of the Victorian through Edwardian era. Magic is an often-used shortcut, as is a lot of handwaving with “aether”.

      Obviously, historical authenticity is NOT a premium here, fun is. So you get ladies in corsets and big ball gowns, gentlemen in top hats and tails with impeccable manners, cheeky wenches, begrimed mechanics, raffish pirates, duels and airships (the setting has spiralled off into completely-fantasy-worlds, with “airships” made like sailing ships instead of zepplins and blimps)… the anime influence on the crowd shows up in the form of oversized wrenches wielded about like Sephiroth’s sword, gigantic gears, and lots of showy light effects, whether from Tesla-this and Tesla-that, or straight out magic.

      This has about as much connection to reality as “Pirates of the Carribean” does to actual history.

      Because it is an aesthetic, it can be grafted into any setting, and any plot can take place in it. They range from wandering around a very, very alternate Europe with a caravan and having adventures (Girl Genius) to getting a team of superheros together to fight the ultimate evils (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), to the adventures of two brothers, one of whom happened to get his soul stuck in a giant fighting set of armor (Fullmetal Alchemist) to Will’s whasisname’s WIld Wild West.

      Then you have adventure and pursuit plot, in the form of two empires trying to catch a rogue scientists who hold the key to artificially created gunpowder, as told from the eyes of her daughter and a cabin boy on the submarine that’s trying to escape them. (Cuttlefish) and further adventures in Australia (The Steam Mole). Good books!

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        I’m leaning towards a secondary world fantasy setting that superficially resembles the Victorian Age, a la Sanderson’s Alloy of Law. I feel there’s a great deal of potential there, plus a chance to get away from cliché Steampunk elements.

      • Bob

        I consider Wells’s War of the Worlds to be the first Steampunk book, with the Martian tech

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      Thanks.

  3. elmdorprime

    Just wait until she gets back and finds out we swapped the carpet out for linoleum.

  4. But what if we don’t want the floor? What if we want the walls instead?

    I was about to redecorate the cave and thought the North wall would like nice in that irregular section in the back.

  5. Took a peek under some of the floor boards, now I regret doing it. I’m pretty sure the mice have started nesting in the reactor coolant insulation. Some things just aren’t meant to glow in the dark.

  6. Luke

    It’s raining. I want the roof. Preferably overhead.

  7. Nathan

    For learning how to write a romance, which Georgette Heyer book should I start with?

  8. julieapascal

    I think that Venetia and Arabella are more *romances* than some of the others. A lot of them have a romance, but it’s almost secondary. Faro’s Daughter is really focused on the relationship as well.

    Others like, oh, The Foundling, ought to be read because they’re pure awesome, but other than the lovely unexpectedness of the hero’s fiance, she’s hardly in the story at all.