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?