Once upon a time, as a player of role-playing games such as Castle Falkenstein and GURPS Steampunk, I started collecting links to 'Web pages that seemed relevant. This grew into somewhat of a library of steampunk links, which might be of interest to other people. So here it is - an assortment of (mostly) nineteenth century ephemera, weirdness, and off-beat technology.
I'm always happy to acquire extra links for this page - please feel free to e-mail me with possibilities. (Or to tell me if any of these links cease to work - I don't always check such things very frequently.)
- The Victoriana Page is an impressively extensive guide to people and places appearing in fantastic and speculative fiction of the Victorian age (and thereabouts).
- I've been pointed at a page called The Emily Chesley Reading Circle, which I'm told is "dedicated to recognizing the long-overlooked Victorian speculative fiction writer, Emily Chesley." I've not looked at this much yet, but I pass the note on for others to do with as they choose.
- And here, I'll also throw in a link to my own short story, The Last Flight of Captain Bale.
Art and Appearances
Science and Technology
People and Places
Just for fun, I'm also going to put the odd relevant image here...
The remarkable (and untrustworthy) Lola Montez (alias Eliza Gilbert,
alias Mrs James), as depicted by the court painter to one of her lovers,
Ludwig I of Bavaria, in 1847.
The same lady, caught some four years later by the less romantic (but
observant) camera, after being run out of Bavaria.
And here is... A Falkenstein heroine. Well, she reminds me of some of my favourite Dramatic Characters. Original painting ("The Crack Shot") by James Tissot.
The ultimate Steampunk Machine - a Babbage Engine, as built (to Babbage's
original plans) by the Science Museum,
Actually, this microscope is eighteenth century. I still think
it's pure Steampunk, however. Solid silver. As seen in the Science
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