(70 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

I guess we'll stick around and wait for Facebook's demise. ;-)

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

I'm working on a story for Never Was about countries that almost existed.

So far, I have:

  • Intermarium

  • Republic of Pontus

  • North American Technate

  • SS State of Burgundy

  • Balkan Union

  • Balkan Federation

  • Fertile Crescent Plan

  • Arab Islamic Republic

  • Quebec

  • Cascadia

Any suggestions?

The only restrictions are that it must have been a serious plan or attempt and taken place in the steam, diesel or atomic era, so roughly from 1800 to 1980.


(219 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

Saw Seven Days in May (1964), about an attempted military putsch in the United States. It's quite good. I wrote a review for Never Was.

Currently watching Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz (1969). It's long! 2 hours and 20 minutes. Watched the first half last night. So far, so good.


(776 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

Welcome to the Smoking Lounge! We're happy to have you.

What got you into dieselpunk?

I'm working on a story about what World War III might have looked like if it had happened in the 1950s.

Key point is that we don't have (a lot of) intercontinental ballistic missiles at this point, so the war would largely be fought with World War II-era weapons: long-range bombers, tanks, and - of course - nukes.

I'm using Britain's Operation Unthinkable (1945) and America's Operation Dropshot (1949) for inspiration as well as 1964 and 1979 Warsaw Pact war planes, declassified after the Cold War by the governments of the Czech Republic and Poland.

It's hard to come by pictures, because NATO didn't do large-scale military exercises in Europe in this period.

I would also appreciate recommendations for maps.

Please share materials you think I ought to include here! Thanks.


(4 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

Here's a similar image:


I still think "raypunk" is a bit of an odd thing. Early twentieth century predictions of the future can probably be put under steampunk or dieselpunk. We don't need a separate genre to cover the 1910-30 period. Most of that will be dieselpunk.

Streamline, I think, should be under dieselpunk, as should Art Deco or what I like to call decodence. Dieselpunk isn't all dark.

And, as Yaghish remarked, "Cassette Futurism" is really just outdated cyberpunk.

This was an ad for a party here in Barcelona last month:


Party was pretty good. Nothing steampunk about it other than the costumes of the dancers, though.


(776 replies, posted in The Diogenes Club)

Welcome to the club, Matthew!

If you haven't yet, you may want to read Hilde's introduction to steampunk in our online magazine, Never Was. I also share a lot of steam- and dieselpunk art there, which may be good inspiration.

Let us know if you have a website, blog or portfolio we can check out and feel free to share your own stuff in the Ætherscope forum.


(70 replies, posted in Ætherscope)

A good Tumblr blog: Steampunk'D.