November 21, 2017

Book Review: Alchemy & Steam edited by Kerrie L. Hughes

On sale now.

Been to a major ‘Con lately? Then you’ll note that the Steampunk genre is alive and well, in the form of retro costumes straight out of the 19th century, replete with high tech gear including cybernetic implants, targeting monocles and the like.

Fans love to party like it’s an alternative reality 1899, that’s for sure.  This week’s review takes the concept a step further, and invites 13 fresh new speculative fiction writers to imagine brave new universes. [Read more...]

Review: The Return of the Discontinued Man by Mark Hodder

A sci-fi classic!

Alt-history Steampunk has never been hotter. We recently finished up the fifth book in a brilliant science fiction series courtesy of Pyr Books.  We’re talking about The Return of the Discontinued Man by Mark Hodder, out earlier this month. This is the fifth and (final?) book in the outstanding Burton and Swinburne series. We’ve chronicled our addiction to this series in the past, starting with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack up through The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon and The Secret of El Yezdi[Read more...]

Review: The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick


On sale December 10th!

The West just gets weirder and weirder…

This week, we’re taking a look at a Wild West tale that never was, with The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick, out this month from Pyr Books. This is tale represents book four in Resnick’s alt-history steampunk universe. Fans of the saga and this space will remember our reviews of The Buntline Special, The Doctor and the Kid, and The Doctor and the Rough Rider[Read more...]

Review: The Osiris Curse by Paul Crilley


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Danger and mystery lurks under the sands of ancient Egypt. This week, we take a look at The Osiris Curse, A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure by author Paul Crilley out from Pyr Books. Fans of this space will recall our review of book one in this steampunk young adult saga The Lazarus Machine from late last year.

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Review: In Thunder Forged by Ari Marmell

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Action… steampunk… lost lands of fantasy… these are all the things we crave. Back in the days of ye’ ole Commodore 64, (64K of memory man… that’s more than you’ll EVER need!) the 20-sided die reigned supreme as teenagers attended to endless basement sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. [Read more...]

Review: The Doctor & the Kid by Mike Resnick.

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The West has never been weirder… This week, we look at the Steampunk sequel to The Buntline Special with The Doctor & the Kid by Mike Resnick out from Pyr Books. [Read more...]

Review: Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon by Mark Hodder.

On sale this month!

We made an interesting observation at last year’s Necronomicon convention. Trekkies and storm-troopers seemed noticeably absent, while goths, zombies, and steam-punkers seemed to be all the ‘rage’. It is of note that the Steampunk movement has yet to really have a flagship movie or television franchise… but that all could change if anyone was willing to pick up the Burton and Swinburne series. [Read more...]

25.10.11- Astroguyz at the 2011 NecronomiCon!

The ultimate in solar protection!

We came, we saw, we hung out with zombies and folks dressed like Iron Man at the 2011 NecronomiCon convention in Saint Petersburg, Florida this past weekend! A great time was had by all, as we celebrated all that was science, science fiction and fellow genres of horror and fantasy. [Read more...]

Review: Cowboys & Aliens.

In theaters now!

This weekend, extra-terrestrials invade the Wild West in the Jon Favreau & Steven Spielberg summer sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. If there’s one thing that can unite cowboys, Indians, and western banditos, it’s a good ole fashioned alien invasion. Like many a Spielberg hit, Jaws doesn’t show up until the second reel, in a tale that starts cowboy, but ends alien. We caught this flick on opening day as a way to celebrate 43 orbits around Sol this weekend. Cowboys & Aliens stars a hero of our Sc-fi adventure-laced childhood, Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones, Han Solo) who plays a cattleman and civil war veteran in a down on its luck mining town of Absolution. [Read more...]

Review: The Ghosts of War by George Mann.

Out in July from Pyr Books!

Looking for a Steampunk comic book thriller for the summer? This week we look at George Mann’s Ghosts of War out from Pyr Books next month. Fans of this space will remember our review of the first book in the series by Mr. Mann, entitled the Ghosts of Manhattan. [Read more...]

Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder.

Out from Pyr Books!

Sir Richard Burton is becoming quite the steam-punk action adventure hero. This week, we review The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, the ongoing adventures of Burton & Swinburne, written by Mark Hodder and out from Pyr Books . Fans of this space will remember our review of the first book in the saga, The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack last summer. [Read more...]

Review: The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick.

   This week, steam punk goes west in our review of The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick. Out last month from Pyr Books, Buntline takes us to the environs of Tombstone, Arizona in the 1880’s in a weird west tale that melds alternate history with fantasy. Fans of this space will remember Mr. Resnick as he of the Starship Rebel series fame. [Read more...]

Review: Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann.

Out in April from Pyr Books!

Out in April from Pyr Books!

  

   An expanding genre in the realm modern Sci-Fi is the retro-science fiction novel. More appropriately classified as an alternate history work of fiction, this sub-sub genre has been christened with the sleeker term of Steampunk as of late. Hollywood movie goers have been exposed to Steampunk via such flicks as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow and may not even have known it. Of course, most trace the genre to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s 1990 landmark book The Difference Engine, but we would contend that you could trace the look and style back to the 1927 film Metropolis, or even the works of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells…of course, they lived in the steam era, and were instead writing what they thought of as future fiction… [Read more...]