S. J. Chambers, The Steampunk Bible

Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

Co-author S. J. Chambers along with Steampunk artists and makers Jake von Slatt, Mike Libby, Aleks Sennwald, and Steampunk scholar Jess Nivens will give a multimedia presentation from The Steampunk Bible. Jake von Slatt and Mike Libby will present sculptures, and Aleks Sennwald will project her paintings. 


S.J. Chambers’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fantasy, the Baltimore Sun’s Read Street blog, Yankee Pot Roast, Tor.com (where she first aired her Steampunk Poe ideas), and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s forthcoming anthology Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet of Curiosities. She is the articles senior editor at Strange Horizons, a devot Poepathist, a member of the Poe Studies Association, and a regular reviewer for Bookslut.com.

Event date: 
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge
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