Making Mecha Happy: Hello from the NYC Event

Well, bless my keys and car­riage, the audi­ence at the New York City Barnes & Noble Steam­punk Bible event was kind enough to say hel­lo to poor mechan­i­cal me…sitting here work­ing away on the blog, nev­er able to trav­el to any of these amaz­ing events. I have to say see­ing this friend­ly hel­lo almost caused my keys to stick. (Although, could it be they’re not say­ing hel­lo? It sounds like “Mecha” but it could be “badecha” or “bodoc­ka”. Hmmm.)

And, look: Jon Deck­er was kind enough to review the event: “On Thurs­day of last week I attend­ed the Man­hat­tan sign­ing of Jeff Van­der­meer and S.J. Cham­bers’ newest release The Steam­punk Bible. The book’s cov­er sum­ma­ry clas­si­fies it as “a ful­ly illus­trat­ed com­pendi­um trac­ing the roots and his­to­ry of this sub­cul­ture, from the works of its god­fa­thers, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, to the key fig­ures who first coined the word that would spawn a lit­er­ary genre, to the vast com­mu­ni­ty of crafts­men and artists that has trans­lat­ed the spark into a lifestyle with cloth­ing, acces­sories, and a back­sto­ry to match.” A var­ied group of genre fans and con­trib­u­tors to the com­pendi­um showed up in every­thing from street clothes to full Steam­punk regalia sur­pris­ing and con­found­ing some of the book store reg­u­lar patrons, which I found dev­il­ish­ly humor­ous. Sev­er­al of the atten­dees at the sign­ing were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the NY Steam­punk Meet-up Group in Man­hat­tan. Oth­er per­son­al­i­ties such as Dex­ter Palmer, Aleks Sen­nwald, Jaymee Goh, Eka­te­ri­na Sedia, Liz Gorin­sky and Ay-Leen the Peace­mak­er were also in atten­dance per their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­pendi­um.”

(Image by Jon Deck­er.)

“Making Mecha Happy: Hello from the NYC Event” was published in Excursions.

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