Kay Reviews Interstellar

Kay reviews Christopher Nolan’s new film, Interstellar. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Interstellar

Assembly of Geeks Tackles Darkness In Storytelling

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Assembly of Geeks tackles darkness in storytelling and FANgirl has feels. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Tackles Darkness In Storytelling

GeekGirlCon 2014: Heroine’s Journey Panel Recap

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A recap of the standing room only Heroine’s Journey panel at GeekGirlCon 2014. . . . → Read More: GeekGirlCon 2014: Heroine’s Journey Panel Recap

Designing WYNDE’S Heroine’s Journey

Tricia Barr explores the process of creating a heroine’s journey for Vespa in her award-winning space opera WYNDE. . . . → Read More: Designing WYNDE’S Heroine’s Journey

Fangirls Around The Web: September 22, 2014

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Fangirls Around the Web. . . . → Read More: Fangirls Around The Web: September 22, 2014

WYNDE Around The Web: September 20, 2014

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A nice review for ATHENA’S DAUGHTERS, which includes a short story from WYNDE. . . . → Read More: WYNDE Around The Web: September 20, 2014

Once Upon A Time Han Shot First

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The first anniversary of Assembly of Geeks marks a stellar episode with Frozen, Once Upon A Time, and Han shooting first! . . . → Read More: Once Upon A Time Han Shot First

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Two

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 2 – STEAMPUNK INFLUENCES: You may not realize that you have been Punk’d

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“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author, Sherlock Holmes

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a prolific writer. He wrote sixty Sherlock Holmes stories alone, the first in 1887 and the last in 1927. Since Sir Arthur’s lifetime, his Holmes’ character has been copied, borrowed, rewritten, revisited, and retold in print and on film by countless writers, and each time, the brilliant investigator was reinvented. Today, so many variations exist that it would be necessary to revisit the first Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, in order to know the character as Conan Doyle intended him.

During the past decade, Mr. Holmes has frequently been written into Steampunk novels and films. Anyone who only knows the character from these recent versions could mistakenly believe that the original Victorian novels were Steampunk.

The greatest Victorian Science Fiction minds – including Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – are often cited as “Steampunk authors.” Certainly, each penned outstanding stories, but in fact, their Victorian novels seeded the development of contemporary Steampunk. There are those who will argue this distinction, maintaining that Victorian Science Fiction and Steampunk are synonymous, yet history clearly shows that Victorian novels were instead the . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part Two

Assembly of Geeks Returns From Summer Break

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Assembly of Geeks returns from summer break to talk Star Wars Rebels and rumors. . . . → Read More: Assembly of Geeks Returns From Summer Break

Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part One

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 1 – STEAMPUNK PRIMER: A Definition in So Many Words

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Author, The Balloon Hoax

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HOW IS ‘STEAMPUNK FICTION’ DEFINED?

Steampunk is an acknowledged subgenre of Science Fiction and Fantasy. All three members of this literary family exist to answer the same question: “What if?” Beyond this commonality, everyone appears to have their own scholarly or intuitive definition of Steampunk fiction, and as a result, discussion and controversy seem to grow along with the genre’s popularity.

In his book, “Steampunk: An Illustrated History”, best-selling author Brian J. Robb presents ideas from a number of knowledgeable sources to show the complexities of reaching consensus. Robb sets out his own requisite that “altered history” is essential to Steampunk storytelling and more enigmatically suggests that “[Steampunk] is history from the minds of men.”

He quotes Stephen Hunt, author of the popular Jackelian Series of Steampunk novels: “For my work it’s always been the hard fusion between fantasy and the society of the Victorians”; and also Editor Lou Anders, who says, “Steampunk is anachronistic science fiction, chiefly but not exclusively concerned with the nineteenth century. There are those who believe that in order to be true Steampunk a work must be set and centered around Victorian England.”

Robb also quotes . . . → Read More: Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part One