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Steampunks, Stand & Be Counted!

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“Steampunk, in its many forms, brings people together in an inclusive and helpful network of similar mind. From sharing book and music review opinions, to playing the newest games and sharing DIY information on fashion and props, the steampunk community easily and comfortably brings together people ages eight to eighty in ways not often seen in other communities.” – Steampunk Hands Around the World

Truly one of the greatest things about fandom is the camaraderie that develops between individual fans. Get passionate people together (whether at a local event, a regional gathering, or  national convention), surround them with a shared narrative and aesthetic, and you’re bound to nurture more than a few friendships.

Steampunk is no exception.

In fact, I think a lot of us would suggest that steampunk is one of the most friendly fandoms out there. In particular, the internet (or the “aetherwebs” and “aethernet,” as we steam-folk sometimes…

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January 24, 2014 · 20:09

Steampunk Hands Around the World – Announcement

I am on board!

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Steampunk, in all its forms and expressions, and the people of the community, are truly amazing.

Steampunk is not dead as some people proclaim and wish it to be. True, some individuals never liked it, some lost interest, and some found it didn’t meet their personal needs or expectations. For the rest of us, however, steampunk is vibrant with creativity and potential.

To show that, my latest project, Steampunk Hands Around the World, a month-long event of blogs, videos, chats, and get-togethers, will present examples from around the world of that vitality and personal connection. With today’s technology, there is no barrier of distance nor language, and every steampunk everywhere can participate.

Every individual, group, region, and culture brings something unique to the expression and evolution of steampunk in our community. Every thought and action adds to the inspiration and excitement of what we create as a whole. Books, music…

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The Steampunk Hands Around the World Initiative

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I am very pleased to have been asked to contribute to a project called Steampunk Hands around the World,
a month long event in February 2014 showing and sharing that Steampunk and the community is global and as such, all Steampunks everywhere are connected.
The central theme is that of global connection and friendship.

The idea has sprung from Airship Ambassador Kevin D. Steil, who feels there is a need to unify Steampunks of all persuasions in every curve of the globe. Be they writers, makers, musicians, costume designers or simply afficionado’s of the genre who express their enjoyment by attending cons and events, his wish is to tie them all closer together and break any walls that stand between different articulations of the genre.

I can attest that this is something to be looked at: As someone who primarily writes, I am not considered very active in the ‘scene’ as such; I don’t have a prominent con presence and even though I like messing about with scrap metal in the garage, I don’t consider myself a maker.
My own contribution will, unsuprisingly, lie in a writerly direction with an exclusive story released on Valentine’s Day.

I will be also re-uploading the video I made for EuroSteamCon 2013, in which I talk about what Steampunk means to me.
As an addendum to my participation I have also made it a personal mission to try and include as big an Indian element in this cerebral joining of hands as I can manage, not to mention trying to beef up the female presence in this endeavour!

One of the female characters I people my alternate India with.

One of the female characters I people my alternate India with.

This said, if you read this and feel ignited to contribute in some form, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the links below.

I will be Tweeting under the hashtag #SteampunkHands, so keep an eye out for it and please, join the conversation!

Below the press release, which will give an indication of what to expect during February:

Steampunk Hands Around the World

Just as current day expressions of steampunk are not limited to the literature where it began, the people in the steampunk community are not bound to any one geographical region. Steampunk appears in many forms, and with its popularity, the community has grown to encompass the world.
The celebration and sharing of that global association is at the heart of a new project, Steampunk Hands Around the World, by Kevin Steil, the creator and editor of Steampunk news and information resource website, Airship Ambassador.
With more than three dozen Steampunk creators – bloggers, authors, event organizers, and others – also participating, the month long project is a multi format media presentation about the international connections and communications in the community, for Steampunks and non-steampunks alike.
Beginning Sunday, February 2nd, and continuing until Friday, February 28th, the group will show and share that Steampunks everywhere are linked together and that new friends are waiting in every conversation.
Steampunk, in its many forms, brings people together in an inclusive and helpful network of similar mind. From sharing book and music review opinions, to playing the newest games and sharing DIY information on fashion and props, the steampunk community easily and comfortably brings together people ages eight to eighty in ways not often seen in other communities.

The full and updated-daily list of participating websites, blogs and events will be posted in the kick-off blog on the Airship Ambassador blog site:
http://airshipambassador.wordpress.com
For more information, please contact Kevin Steil at Kevin@AirshipAmbassador.com

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