SteamPunk Magazine 07, różne przeróżne, steampunk

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STEAMPUNK MAGAZINE
NEW AND FUTURE WORLDS
LIFESTYLE
MAD SCIENCE
THEORY
FICTION
#7
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown
Sudden Death
“Calm down, Maston,” said Mr. Barbicane. “I merely said it was im-
possible. I never said we wouldn’t find a way to do it.”
- Molly Brown
The Selene Gardening Society
The cover, ‘Kids These Days’, was illustrated by Paul Ballard
My dear punks of steam,
Lords and ladies, doxies and dandies, workers,
rakes and fakes. Have I insulted everyone? Let me
know if I’ve missed you and I shall correct the error
at my earliest convenience.
I think we have all felt that persistent itch under
our skin. he feeling that things here, the world
that we live in ... somehow isn’t right. he feeling,
in fact, that something is
wrong
. But no matter how
broken or tarnished you feel our society is, you’d be
a damned fool to throw it away. As foolish as you
would be to discard a broken chest of drawers, or
a pocket watch with a smashed face. hese things
aren’t suddenly devoid of function, rather their
function has changed. A broken watch becomes
jewellery and a broken chest of drawers becomes
a writing desk. We’re Steampunks: Putting things
to good use that others have discarded as broken is
what we do.
At the moment, the path of least resistance
for Steampunk is for it to become an aesthetic: A
meme devoid of meaning. It’s a path that leads to
buying Steampunk Halloween outits in Wal*Mart
and Tesco in ive years time, and yet another song
about Victoria’s glorious Empire conquering Mars
playing on MTV. Individuality in Steampunk is
paramount. We’re not insisting everyone obey our
‘vision’ of Steampunk, but if I ever see anyone in
a ‘sexy clockwork automaton’ costume they picked
up of a supermarket shelf I’m going to beat them
to death with their plastic cog mini-skirt. I digress
...
he future isn’t some kind of difuse thing that
will happen the day after tomorrow. he revolution
started yesterday. We have to scratch that itch, but
what kind of society do we want to live in? What
kind of society do we want to create for our Steam-
punk community? Do we want a vital, sustainable
community or do we want a group of usernames
on a message board? Who are we, where are we,
where are we going? he only way we can lead is by
example: By getting out of our houses, by recycling,
upcycling and reimagining; by supporting the live
artistic performances of musicians, actors, danc-
ers, all of the above or something else entirely; and
by knowing our own laws and breaking through
them.
So think of this issue not as a map, but as a set
of tools. We have lessons of cultural domination
from the past, both through politics and war, and
through the far more insidious medium of popular
iction. We have some lessons from the present,
too, suggesting we might not be as clever and class-
less and free was we like to think we are. And, of
course, we have plenty of suggestions about what
to do with the future: From dancing the night
away to literally raising your own country from the
deathless oceans.
he simple truth of human nature is that you
can not bully or coerce people to change, that is, if
you do not want to stoke their fears and their prej-
udices. he only thing you can do is inspire them.
If we inspire you, then go out there and infect oth-
ers. You know the great thing about inspiration?
It’s a system driven by positive feedback: he more
of it there is, the more of it there is!
So tell me: What have you done to change the
world today?

Dylan Fox
Contents
narrative
features
The Mary Golden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
by Lance Hall
You Can’t Stay Neutral on a
Moving Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
by Margaret Killjoy
Liberty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
by C. Allegra Hawksmoor
Towards a Brave New Land
. . . . . . . .
8
by Professor Offlogic
interviews
On Race and Steampunk
. . . . . . . . . .
16
by Jaymee Goh
The Brady Bunch of Calcutta 1910
. . . . .
54
an interview with Sunday Driver
The Future of
Steampunk Fashion
. . . . . . . . . . .
32
by Libby Bulloff
Less Brass Goggles,
More Brass Knuckles
. . . . . . . . .
72
an interview with TMTWNBBFN
The Man Who Ate Germany
. . . . . . .
36
by Dylan Fox
p
o
etry
Shimmies and Sprockets
. . . . . . . . . .
48
by Ay-leen the Peacemaker
Museum
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
30
by Brenda Hammack
All Fashions of Lovliness
. . . . . . . . . .
58
by Allie Kerr
Alice’s Tumble
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
44
by Katie Casey
Hartmann the Anarchist
. . . . . . . . . .
80
The White Rabbit’s Other Story
. . .
46
by Dylan Fox
Reviews
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
82
Comic
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
88
by Doctor Geof
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