Guest Post: From the Editors of Planes B, a new Steampunk Anthology series

A year ago, two writ­ers (Josué Ramos from Spain, and Negro Inmun­sapá from Mex­ico) had the idea to cre­ate the first Steam­punk anthol­ogy in Span­ish, writ­ten by peo­ple from Spain and Amer­ica. This con­cept then lead them to more ideas.  One of them was the cre­ation of a col­lec­tion of books made to pro­mote these new writ­ers, an idea never seen before. Thus Planes B was born. It was offi­cially intro­duced at the recent EuroSteam­Con on Sep­tem­ber 28.

We are glad to say that the vol­ume #1 is done!

Josué Ramos, aka Schn­abel and Simón Bel­lido, from Spain; and Negro Inmun­sapá and Miss von Mar­malade from Mex­ico are the chiefs of the project. They are all part of the artists’ group known as Mer­ce­nar­ios de Dios, which pub­lishes the retro­fu­tur­is­tic mag­a­zine El Inves­ti­gador once a month.

Each vol­ume of the col­lec­tion of Planes B will include one short story from a famous writer as a guest. The rest of the sto­ries will be writ­ten by new and unknown authors.

We are very proud to announce that the guest of vol­ume #1 is Jeff Van­der­Meer. His tale, “Fix­ing Hanover,” has been trans­lated by Jason Bur­rows as “Arreg­lando a Hanover”, and orig­i­nally pub­lished in Extra­or­di­nary Engines, an anthol­ogy edited in 2008 for Nick Gevers.

In addic­tion, this first book includes five more short sto­ries writ­ten by Simón Bel­lido, María Eijo, Rafael di Ferro, Ricardo Mon­tesinos and Janacek Jade­hierro. It includes illus­tra­tions made by Spain’s Tamarindo Conde; and Mexico’s Karina Denisse “Kadeco.” The image on the front of the book was made by Alexan­dra Galeano and the model is Vito, both from Argentina.

We hope this will be the begin­ning of some­thing great! And we want you to enjoy read­ing it, of course.

If you want to see more, visit our web: planesb.es

And to buy or get a free down­load copy of the vol­ume #1, visit: http://www.bubok.es/libros/216931/Planes-B-Vol-1

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Why Does Steampunk Still Matter?

It is a good sin­gle ques­tion with myr­iad and var­ied answers.  This year, Tor.com has devoted its annual Steam­punk week to delv­ing into what sounds like a koan but is in fact a cer­tainty: Steam­punk does still matter.

If you haven’t been fol­low­ing already, you can check out the great posts that began last Mon­day and will be con­tin­u­ing all week long:  http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/10/steampunk-week-2012-intro

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World Fantasy Nominee for Special Award Professional

The Steam­punk Bible has been nom­i­nated for a World Fan­tasy Award in the Spe­cial Award Pro­fes­sional cat­e­gory.  Jeff and S. J. are deeply hon­ored and both have writ­ten about it at their respec­tive blogs:  Ecsta­tic Days (Jeff) and Bas Bleu Zom­bies (S. J.).

The awards will be held at the end of the World Fan­tasy con­ven­tion held in Toronto Novem­ber 1 – 4.

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In Memoriam: Joshua Pfeiffer interviews Paul Roland, Part II (Giveaway Edition)

Today con­cludes our exclu­sive guest inter­view between Joshua Pfeif­fer and Paul Roland. For those of you just join­ing us, you can catch the first part of the inter­view here. In our sec­ond install­ment, Joshua Pfeif­fer ques­tions Roland – who was one of the first to use Edwar­dian themed lyrics in his music – about his obser­va­tions on Steampunk.

In Memo­riam com­piles Roland’s best hits culled from his thirty years in music. We will be giv­ing away signed copies of this double-CD to ten lucky readers.

Rock­ing for over 30 plus years, Roland’s music flirts with var­i­ous gen­res like goth, psych-pop, and folk, with a uni­fy­ing theme of explor­ing sci­ence fic­tion and hor­ror tropes, espe­cially those with a Victorian/Edwardian bent. Within his songs, lis­ten­ers will find tales inspired by H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, H. P. Love­craft, and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as orig­i­nal his­tor­i­cal and roman­tic char­ac­ters like opium addicts and Rip­peresque murderers.

To cel­e­brate this inter­view, Paul Roland has gra­ciously donated ten signed copies of In Memo­riam, a double-CD col­lec­tion of his best work over his long career to send to our lucky read­ers.  If you’d rather not par­tic­i­pate, but would like to sam­ple his wares,  he has made sev­eral tracks avail­able for free down­load (live links are at the end of this interview).

Offi­cial Rules: Only open to par­tic­i­pants in the United States.  To enter, leave us your thoughts about Steam­punk music.  You may post as many times as you like in the nat­ural course of the dis­cus­sion, but deri­sive, troll­ish behav­ior will be dis­qual­i­fied.   A win­ner will be ran­domly selected by Mon­day, April 30th at teatime (4 o’clock).  Please check your e-mail Tues­day or Wednes­day fol­low­ing; win­ners who have not responded to us within 24 hours shall be elim­i­nated, and a new win­ner selected. Offi­cial announce­ments of the win­ner will go live May 4th.

Well, now that we have all the logis­tics out-of-the-way, let’s return to the inter­view. Con­tinue read­ing

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Steampunk Chronicle’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards

We are proud to have been voted best non-fiction by The Steam­punk Chron­i­cle’s read­ers.  The awards cer­e­mony was held Sun­day night as part of The Arti­fice Club’s Steam­FEST, and while unfor­tu­nately nei­ther Jeff nor S.J. could be present, they were able to accept via voice mes­sage.  Read by S. J., it said:

Dear Steam­ers,

Jeff and I are hon­ored by this award.  Our num­ber one goal in writ­ing this book was to show how much momen­tum is behind this move­ment, and you can’t have momen­tum with­out a won­der­ful com­mu­nity like you all.  Hav­ing our read­ers within that com­mu­nity vote us best in non-fiction tells us we did accom­plish that goal, and inspires us to con­tinue accom­plish­ing it.  Thank you all so much. We could not have done this with­out you.  Now enough mush– go back to enjoy­ing STEAMFEST!

Cheers,
Jeff and S. J.

Thanks again to the read­ers, writ­ers, and edi­tors of The Steam­punk Chron­i­cle, and espe­cial con­grats to all the nom­i­nees and win­ners.

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