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The meaning of steampunk
24/05/2010. What is the meaning of life? Pah, a piffling question besides that must immutable of mysteries... what is steampunk?

China Mieville wins this year's Arthur C Clarke Award
28/04/2010. China Miéville has won this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award in a ceremony held in a luxury central London cinema, for his novel The City and the City. I was at the ceremony and it was packed with the great and the good of the genre (the not so good too, if you include me).

The Raven
26/04/2010. It's a little bit X-men, it's a little bit Robocop, and it's a little bit District 9, plus it's a visceral shock, and this short film from Ricardo De Montreuil just might be his calling card for scifi movie greatness.

Summer of Science Fiction Reading
24/04/2010. Back in the 1960s we had us a hippy-dippy summer of lurvvvv. Fast forward to 2010 and it’s time for the summer of science fiction reading – with a few more clothes and a little help from SFX magazine and Waterstone’s super-sized megastore just off London’s Piccadilly Circus. Authors such as Adam Roberts, China Miéville, Michael Cobley, Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill and Stephen Hunt will be at the megastore for the kick-off event on Monday 10th May 2010.

New Voyager blog
24/04/2010. Voyager, the fantasy and SF imprint of HarperCollins, has just launched its own blog, with such gems as the party pictures from their 15th birthday bash at the London Book Fair and an interview with fantasy author Stephen Hunt.

New trailer for The Last Airbender
24/04/2010. At last, a proper nice long trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's live action movie take on the steampunkish oriental-themed cartoon series Avatar.

Heartless - The Story of the Tinman
22/04/2010. The Tinman from the wizard of Oz gets a backstory and a bionic steampunk origins tale, in Heartless The Story of the Tinman. Watch the trailer here, folks.

V episode 4 - It's only the Beginning
22/04/2010. The Visitors continue to try and win favour with the population, this time by announcing that they will share their medical knowledge. Not only are they sharing advanced medical scanning techniques but they announce they will make available to all a new supercharged vitamin treatment.

Steampunk goes Aqua
22/04/2010. Command a steampunk naval task force in Aqua. Defend yourself in an all-out war, with this upcoming Xbox computer game based in a Victorian industrial setting!

Kyonyo Dragon: Strippers versus Zombies
20/04/2010. Who said there's not bit more udder left to milk in the current vampire-zombie genre craze sweeping bookshops and cinemas? Kyonyo Dragon brings you a strange new movie featuring Japanese strippers versus samurai zombies. Watch the trailer here, if you're old enough.

Star Wars gets steampunked
20/04/2010. Ever wondered what C3P0 and R2D2 and Luke Skywalker and crew would look like in the steampunk Victorian alternative reality they truly deserve? Then wonder no longer, my tweed-clad, pith-helmet wearing friend, for this story is for you.

Smoke and Mirrors
14/04/2010. Kaleidoscope Entertainment and The Fremantle have announced that vampire Henry Fitzroy is returning to the movie screens in a new series based on the 'Smoke' books by Tanya Huff whose 'Blood' novels were turned into the series Blood Ties.

The adventures of Babbage and Lovelace
14/04/2010. The adventures of Babbage and Lovelace in Albion 1849, a not subtle steampunk homage to the Gerry Anderson TV series Space 1999.

Sherlock Hound
13/04/2010. Before Bryan Talbot 's Grandville, steampunk was still furry, but it was furry through the Japanese anime series that was Sherlock Hound, where the dog-like Sherlock Holmes tackled steampunk villains as only a hound can.

Japanese trailer for Iron Man II film
13/04/2010. Here's the Japanese trailer for the Iron Man 2 movie with a few bits and bobs you haven't seen before. This is one film we are planning to go to the cinema to see.

Voyager 15th Anniversary Trailer
13/04/2010. The fantasy and SF imprint HarperCollins Voyager is 15 years old in 2010, and they have celebrated by doing a nifty little 3D film featuring many of their authors' works.

Syfy Channel picks up fantasy steampunk series Riese
09/04/2010. Canadian web-based fantasy steampunk TV series Riese is following fellow (originally) online-based TV series Sanctuary in making the leap from the web to the TV screens, as it has just been acquired by the Syfy Channel.

Going Postal, first trailer
09/04/2010. Here's the first trailer for the next Sky movie version of one of Terry Pratchett's novels, Going Postal. Looks rather good in my humble opinion.

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time - new trailer
08/04/2010. From the team that brought the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy to the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, an action—adventure set in the lands of Persia.

A steam station and the gloves to work them
07/04/2010. Another tickler for steampunk fans, a steam-driven PC desk and the gloves to work those copper keys.

Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer
07/04/2010. The first trailer for the Resident Evil: Afterlife movie. Not too sure about this film - it seems to be wearing its game origins a little too closely on its sleeves.

Robot Carnival
07/04/2010. A glimpse at some early steampunk anime in the form of Robot Carnival Presence, a film from the late 1980s. Presence was a Victorian-styled short movie, taken from the Robot Carnival compilation.

Noir Leather's Steampunk Fashion
06/04/2010. You want fashion? You want steampunk fashion? You want femme fatales in girdles? You got it, only at Noir Leather's Steampunk Fashion, captured in 1890s kinescope for your delectation.

Gemmell Legend Awards for Fantasy - shortlist 2010
04/04/2010. Something a little different this year, the shortlist for the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Awards for Fantasy brought to you by the magic of video.

Exoskeleton John Henry Mark 1
04/04/2010. The best exo-fighting suit the 1890s has to offer. Definitely one for the steampunks among you.

The girl with the iron raygun tattoo, redux
04/04/2010. What to buy the girl who has everything for her birthday? Why not please her with the ultimate in steampunk devastation, the Righteous Bison Indivisible Particle Smasher.

For sale, one cowardly cat
1/04/2010. Does anyone want to buy this frakking useless feline, Aslan? Never was a cat less brave, never was a cat less courageous.

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