Indie SFF publisher Unsung Stories, based in London, UK, recently contacted us to submit one of their lates books for review – Deja Vu by Ian Hocking. That’s undergoing our review process right now, but in the meantime they’d like us to let you know about an event they’re organising later this month.
Unsung Live #2
The event is Unsung Live #2 – a short story evening which is taking place on Tuesday, 20th October 2015, from 7pm at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, London, N1 0AX (map).
“After the resounding success of Unsung Live #1, we are happy to announce our second evening of storytelling for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the bits in-between.”
The lineup this time includes:
Simon Guerrier – Simon is the author of numerous Doctor Who books, comics and CDs, including The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who. With his brother Thomas, he’s produced documentaries for Radio 3 and a number of acclaimed short films. Twitter: @0tralala
David Hartley – David is a writer of strange stories, his fiction having appeared in numerous places including Structo, Dark Fiction, The Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) and We Can Improve You (2015). He has two collections of flash fiction, Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2015) and Merry Gentlemen. Twitter: @DHartleyWriter
Cassandra Khaw – Cassandra Khaw is Ysbryd Games’ business cat and an Ars Technica UK contributor. Her short fiction can be found at Unsung Shorts, Terraform, Shimmer, The Dark, and a variety of other places. She has a novella coming up with Abaddon Books sometime Soon. Twitter: @casskhaw
From our Trans-Temporal Correspondent Shellie Horst
Somewhere in the witching hours of Thursday evening, 27th August 2015, Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter was caught in the temporal disturbances of a local time machine. By the time the sun glittered in the leaded windows of Bailgate, you could be forgiven for thinking you were exploring a Jules Verne novel or trapped in the latest curious events surrounding Mr Holmes. Reality was suspended for the Seventh Asylum Steampunk Festival.
It’s not the first time the residents of Lincoln have woken, bemused, to see gentlemen escorting ladies in their finery through the streets, or attempting to launch their jetpacks from the castle grounds, nor will it be the last. The city lends itself well to the imaginations and creativity of the Steampunk mind; alleyways and under-crofts merely add to the potential number of scheming inventors, cunning street urchins and bawdy traders hawking their wares.
Just like the genre, the event has grown from the sepia stereotype of Victorian England,shades of browns and blacks compete with glint of polished copper and brass. The taffeta teals and blaze of peacock feathers offer an eye-catching alternative to the impressive gatherings of lace and bustle in the Castle Market. The Asylum is a perfect representation of what Steampunk is: Splendid. It is something different to everyone.
It’s easy to assume that Steampunk as a genre is one focused upon one empirical perspective of history, excluding gender or life choices. Yet it was an inclusive event, offering full engagement to those in wheel chairs or mobility scooters, and the youngsters as much as the wiser generations. No one, nowhere, and nothing was spared from adaptation, and the words “Well, sir, that just isn’t steampunk…” were not uttered.
Lincoln become an alternate world of superheroes, Daleks, inventors, self-winding automatons, captains, pilots, wings, fae, dangerously potent potions, complex contraptions and of course …goggles. Even Loki and Cthulhu (both of the knitted and the walking variety) graced the event. Continue reading The Asylum Steampunk Festival 2015→