Topic: Issue 11

For many centuries, the interaction between East and West has been a fabulous dwell for art and storytelling. From the days of medieval merchantmen to the era of the great white hunters of imperialism, to our modern day fascination with Japanese cyberculture and the much debated rise of China, the East has lingered in Westerners’ minds as an irreplaceable image of otherness.

Unlike our present day of interconnectedness, globalization and what-not, up until the nineteenth century, the Orient was very much a place of mystery, inhabited by people alien to Europeans’ experience, an exotic, cruel, and barbaric refuge for Western imagination. Critics of Orientalism have done much to cast shame upon our often patronizing and bizarre representations of Eastern life and tradition, but fortunately for those incorrigible aficionados of Oriental romance, steampunk allows us to reject the chains of reality and all the racism and guilt associated with it, to explore anew this imagined world of sultans and saber-rattling Islamic conquerors; harems and white slavery; samurai, dragons and dark, bustling bazaars frequented by the strangest sort of folk. Isn’t this, after all, steampunk’s very premise? To delve into a past that never really was. The Orientalists’ world may never have existed but its history is so powerful that up to this very, Westerners are smitten with it. With this issue, the Gatehouse Gazette is no exception.

As the yet undiscovered realms of Asia are so vastly different, so Victoriental steampunk must differ depending on where it takes place. The deserts of Arabia and the forbidden mountain ranges of Afghanistan may evoke visions of ancient citadels and fata morgana and deserted monasteries atop barren peaks; the jungles of India and Indochina invite adventurers to search for booby trapped remnants of lost civilizations while temples and palaces of spectacular wealth loom beyond, in the lands of Cathay.

In this issue, we, too, travel throughout all of the Eastern World, from Meiji Era Japan to Colonial India to Chinese magic in nineteenth century London.

There is non-Victoriental content on offer as well however, including an interview with Hugh Ashton, author of Beneath Gray Skies, an alternate history novel that is reviewed in this issue. There are your regular columns and a contribution from Sir Arthur Weirdy-Beardy, our correspondent in London.


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And now I go promote it smile

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1130 downloads already! big_smile

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Sean Schönherr, author of Cinema is Cinema

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You'll be interested to know that an article by "Jha" that was supposed to get into this issue has been published at SteamPunk Magazine's website recently: "Countering Victorientalism."

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Hmmm... Interesting perspective. But I can't say I agree.


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Ottens wrote:

You'll be interested to know that an article by "Jha" that was supposed to get into this issue has been published at SteamPunk Magazine's website recently: "Countering Victorientalism."

How did that happen?

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HildeKitten wrote:

How did that happen?

Oh, I should have mentioned. The article couldn't be finished before the deadline unfortunately.


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Thanks to Dr Fabre for posting about our release at The Heliograph!

Once again, its time for another issue of the ever outstanding Gatehouse Gazette.  In issue #11, the topic is "Victoriental Steampunk", focusing on Steampunk beyond Europe and America - how Steampunk could be considered and enacted in the rest of the world.

Also posted by Mr Hugh Ashton at this book's website:

Nick Ottens’s Gatehouse Gazette has just published a long and perceptive review of Beneath Gray Skies, together with an interview with me. Click here to download the PDF and read pages 16 through 20 for the Beneath Gray Skies parts – but the rest is well worth the read. A very nicely produced and well put together magazine.

At The Traveler's Steampunk Blog, by Albrecht:

What a beautiful day, despite the fact that there is fresh snow, and loads of it, outside. The newest issue of the Gatehouse Gazette was released today and it is once again a collection of excellent essays.


So get yourself some Turkish Delight and Green Tea, sit down, relax, download and enjoy:

And by Sigurjon, at Cinema is Cinema: The Compendium Edition:

The latest issue of the Gatehouse Gazette is now available. This one explores the idea of Victorientalism, and as such, I have provided an article about chanbara (samurai film) and the Western.

Twittered by Christine Hogenkamp:

I love steampunk but not when it's used as an excuse for Orientalism, not cool!

On LiveJournal, by "rm":

Last night Patty alerted me to The Gatehouse Gazette and its current issue that features quite a bit of content on "orientalism" and what people are now calling "Victorientalism" and the whole thing struck the both of us as rather jaw-droppingly not okay

Posted by Tome on Dieselpunks.