Joe Gordon of FP Rhapsodizes About the Steampunk Bible


Bless my keys and car­riage—Joe Gor­don, who works for For­bid­den Planet and blogs for them, received the Bible over in the U.K. He was kind enough to send us this enthu­si­as­tic mis­sive about the book…What a nice guy. Mecha Under­wood has never met him, but I’d like to!


Dear Sir,

It is with some mount­ing excite­ment I found myself open­ing a sur­prise pack­age brought forth by the young deliv­ery lad in his bright liv­ery to find within a copy of the vol­ume Scal­ly­wags and Steam Valves: the Punk­ing of Pis­tons of Indus­try by Mr Heff Uber­Beer, Esq., and Cham­bers S.J. I was intrigued by his descrip­tions that some of our more tech­no­log­i­cally astute young ladies such as Ms Lovelace and her good friend Ms Glove­face utilise a sys­tem of fiendishly clever clock­work mech­a­nism to main­tain the height of their skirts rel­a­tive to their stock­ings, thus avoid­ing the social dis­grace of acci­den­tally bar­ing an ankle in polite soci­ety, although obvi­ously such pas­sages should only be read by mar­ried men, lest the imagery con­jured forth lead to a cor­rup­tion and depre­da­tion of the brain cells such as a French­man might fre­quently be observed to suf­fer from, which clearly Would Not Do. [Editor’s note: Joe loves the French.]

Yes, arrived just before the long week­end here, good tim­ing, started read­ing it on my lunch (Twit­ter), con­tin­ued read­ing on train home to dad at the week­end (Twit­ter) and read­ing on this week. Many thanks for that, nice unex­pected sur­prise, will try to give big­ger men­tion on the blog at some point once read fully, really enjoy­ing it thus far, despite Jess Nevins risk­ing my Cale­don­ian ire by refer­ring to the UK as ‘Eng­land’, which is, sadly, still a com­mon mis­take by some colo­nial types and can lead in some cases to exchanged words of heat and large Scot­tish Clay­mores being inserted into inter­est­ing areas of the body to cries of hear, hear.

It may inter­est you to know that lit­er­ally around the cor­ner from where I sit at work there is an entire, full scale New­com­men Atmos­pheric Engine which is open to the inspec­tion of the cit­i­zens for their bet­ter­ment of knowl­edge of the Sci­ence which makes great our Empire. Nah, seri­ously, National Museum of Scot­land round the cor­ner from here has an entire New­com­men beam engine and on the upper floors, no less. Mod­els? Who needs mod­els, this is Scot­land, home of heavy engi­neer­ing, stick an entire 18th cen­tury steam engine and hous­ing into the museum… Mean­time I leave you in return with an image of steam reborn to the mod­ern era, the splen­did and pow­er­ful loco­mo­tive Tor­nado, which, despite appear­ances, is actu­ally new, built by enthu­si­asts to the plans of an orig­i­nal Pep­per­corn class Pacific steam loco (a very pow­er­ful machine that could roar between Edin­burgh and Lon­don effort­lessly). Here is is pass­ing by Jacob’s Lad­der on the way out of Edin­burgh, brand new mighty machine built to orig­i­nal old specs (with some refine­ments to iron out orig­i­nal kinks), Steam­punk maker mate­r­ial on a pretty huge scale :-) Best viewed while wear­ing a top hat…


Joe Gor­don

“Joe Gordon of FP Rhapsodizes About the Steampunk Bible” was published in Steampunk Bible Coverage.

One Response to Joe Gordon of FP Rhapsodizes About the Steampunk Bible

  1. Jess Nevins says:

    Scot­land, Scotland…that’s the howl­ing des­o­la­tion north of the Lake Dis­trict, right?

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