Guest Post by Emilie P. Bush: A Steampunk Bedtime Story

It’s been a month of firsts, here. A love-fest giveaway, and now our first guest blogger!  We’re thrilled to have author Emilie P. Bush in the 2.0 Factory.  She has written two Steampunk novels and a brand new children’s book, HER MAJESTY’S EXPLORER: A STEAMPUNK BEDTIME STORY, which she’s here to talk about, and you can see the book trailer over at Coal City Press’s blog.  In a genre flooded with all manner of tales for grown-ups and young adults, graphic novel readers and even poetry lovers, this gentle tale is one of the first of its kind – a picture book for the small children. The book is about a young automaton that marches and explores for country, cause and queen [my synapses have always fired for a bot in uniform]. His travels make him tired and very dirty. Upon returning to his home base, he prepares himself for the adventure of going to bed.

Also in this book is a bonus story, “Three Cheers for Steamduck,” the tale of St.John Murphy Alexander’s plucky bathtub duckie who ventures out into the wider world. You can see reviews of the book here and here:

But S. J. asked Emilie to call on us today to tell us another story, the story behind Her Majesty’s Explorer, in which collaboration with illustrator William Kevin Petty was born and raised through the wonders of community and its modern-convenient accessibility via social networking.  Thanks to Emilie for being here.

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Be Our Valentine Giveaway Winners

Well, that was a lot of fun, and I’m happy to announce we have three winners!

Anna, Jesse Cardens, and Natalie Zaman.

They will be receiving a special valentine as well as a signed copy of THE STEAMPUNK BIBLE.  Thanks to everyone who participated and wrote such lovely and creative things.  It widened the steam-valves of my little clicking heart.

 

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We Love Steampunk for the People : An Exclusive Interview with Airship Archon’s Captain Anthony LaGrange and First Lieutenant Salena van Eycke

Captain Anthony LaGrange and First Lieutenant Salena van Eycke (Sally for short) are crew members of the immensely active and dapper Airship Archon, a Steampunk group based out of Columbus, Ohio founded by LaGrange in 2008.  The crew travels all over the country promoting the imaginative possibilities of Steampunk with their unique fashions and celebrated events (organized by Miss van Eycke).  Readers of The Steampunk Bible may recognize LaGrange from two images within the Fashion chapter, dapper and iconic in his signature corset.  Funny story about these images, a bit of mis-information led us to credit LaGrange incorrectly.  Van Eycke immediately contacted us about the error (now corrected in the recent editions), and from there a conversation was struck up with S. J., about why the couple/shipmates love Steampunk.

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Steampunk Revolution: Call for Submissions

Steampunk Revolution, edited by Ann VanderMeer (co-editor of both Steampunk and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded) to be published in the Fall 2012 by Tachyon Publications, announces an open reading period.

Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers and artists—including steampunk legends as well as hot, new talents—who are rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future with originality, wit, and adventure.  Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just a ride in your great-great granddad’s zeppelin—now it’s a much wilder ride.

Looking for reprints only (standard reprint rates apply).  Willing to look at all kinds of Steampunk fiction, but mainly interested in work that pushes the boundaries, that truly is a revolution to the genre.  Prefer works under 10,000 words.

I [Ann VanderMeer] will read submissions between February 1, 2012, and March 1, 2012. Any English-language story previously published in the past decade on a website or print publication is eligible for consideration. Willing to look at all kinds of Steampunk fiction, but mainly interested in work that pushes the boundaries, that is truly a revolution to the genre. 

Submissions up to 10,000 words should be sent in a Word or RTF document to steampunkrevolution at hotmail.com. Please cut-and-paste the first three paragraphs into the body of your email and include prior publication information, but no need to include any biographical information about yourself. If you prefer, use snail mail by sending your work to POB 38190, Tallahassee, FL 32315. Snail mail submissions should be marked on the outside of the envelope as for Steampunk Revolution consideration. No SASE is required if you prefer email response. All Submissions will be responded to no later than March 31; please do not query about a submission prior to that date.

Payment will be on publication, at standard reprint rates of one to two cents per word, against a share of any royalties from the North American or foreign editions, as well as one contributor copy.

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Be Our Valentine?

Saint Valentine's Day (1861). Source: Prints and Photographs from the Library of Congress (Image owner: Harper's Weekly).

It’s been a great nine months for us here at the 2.0 Factory!  So great that we are brimming—brimming!—with affectionate appreciation just begging to be shown! Alas, I have neither legs nor mouth, but I can type, by Jove, and post, and I can send parcels to whence my legless body can’t roam.  So, it seems that all this points to one celebratory option:  a Valentine’s GIVEAWAY! Oh, how grand!  How I can’t wait to send three lucky winners a Valentine as well as a signed copy of THE STEAMPUNK BIBLE.  But in order to select my three lucky winners, we need a contest, don’t we?

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