10 Forgotten Fantastical Novels You Should Read Immediately

Fans of magical prose and magical worlds, take heart. Titan Books has recently released a special limited edition version of steampunk legend James Blaylock’s The Aylesford Skull, a classic from one of the genre’s trailblazers. To celebrate the release, Blaylock has put together a list of forgotten or ignored works of literature that have inspired his own writing, and should be must-reads for anyone interested in science fiction or the fantastic. … Read More

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9 Weird Subcultural Holidays You Didn’t Know Existed

Friday is May 25th, which the geeks of the world know as Geek Pride Day! They aren’t the only subculture to have their own yearly celebration, however — and no, we don’t mean the infamous Talk Like A Pirate Day (who does that?). There’s a lot of cool festivities to be had for those in the know, and a lot of them involve dressing up all fancy and walking around in public wearing petticoats and the like. Awesome, right? OK, maybe not, but we know you’re intrigued. Get your calendars ready and check out all the unofficial holidays we have to tell you about after the jump. … Read More

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An Amazing Collection of Handmade Steampunk Insects

You don’t have to be attuned to the steampunk aesthetic to appreciate the beauty in Lindsey Bessanon’s bionic bugs, beetles, and butterflies, but it surely helps. Each tiny specimen’s metallic gears, goose and levers jut out just so, giving the illusion of robotic mechanisms within. Bessanon — who got her start as a jeweler — scours eBay and entomologist websites for dead bugs to purchase, pins the, sets them, garlands them, and voilà! The quirky little sculptural pieces are part taxidermied crawlies, part androids. Check out these pieces spotted by designboom and see how you like ’em. … Read More

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A Field Guide to Recognizing 21st-Century Subcultural Tribes

You know you’re not a teenager anymore when you can walk down a city street and be entirely baffled by the costumes of the subcultural tribes you pass. What, for example, do you call a woman with bright green and purple dreadlocks who wears eight-inch platform boots and a gas mask as an accessory? Or a mustachioed fellow in Victorian garb who can’t decide between a monocle and a pair of goggles? When we spot a guy in black-and-white face paint and leather armor carrying a fancily embellished axe, should we ask him for some music recommendations or run the other way? Thankfully, Rob Dobi has all the answers at a website called Your Scene Sucks, which features annotated portraits of groups ranging from Juggalos to the “Apple Store Indie” crowd. Click through for some of our favorites from the site, then be sure to visit Your Scene Sucks to see the rest. If you’re especially amused, you can own the pictures in book form. … Read More

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Famous Works of Art Re-Imagined Through a Sci-Fi Lens

When you look at art, you see what you want to see. And some people, as Irene Gallo, the art director for Tor Books, points out, see science fiction. BoingBoing pointed us towards the Tor blog, where Gallo has collected a great series of sci-fi-themed artworks inspired by classic paintings. Whether translating modern painting to hyper-modern painting or just swapping out a traditional angel’s wings for something a little more nerdy, these works are playful studies that were probably as much fun to make as they are to look at. Click through to see some of our favorites, and then be sure to check out even more over at Tor! … Read More

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Steampunk-Inspired Disney Character Makeovers

Justin Bieber recently discovered steampunk, so it makes sense that Disney would be the next one to get the aesthetic makeover. DeviantARTist MecaniqueFairy (didn’t the name give it away?) has given several of the Mickey Mouse studio’s villains and other characters a pseudo-Victorian makeover, outfitting each creation with period accessories and other modifications. See if her works meet your nerdy approval past the break. … Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links The Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we procatinated. We learned about 25 celebrity couples that we previously never knew existed. We watched Justin Bieber do his best to single-handedly ruin steampunk while making awful faces. We kind of fell in love with these little kids dressed up like TODAY hosts… Read More

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Matt Armstrong’s Amazing Steampunk Lego Inventions

You can thank our friends at BoingBoing for tipping us off to this neo-Victorian series of models, a work in progress by Lego artist Matt Armstrong aka “Monsterbrick.” His crazy steampunk inventions — which range from an antique typewriter to a meerschaum pipe (complete with a plume of smoke!) — are surprisingly realistic and detailed, in spite of the fact that they’re entirely made up of little plastic bricks. Click through to get a better look at Armstrong’s impressive work, and let us know in the comments which piece is your favorite. … Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds at Our Office

Today at Flavorpilll, we witnessed what happens when the steampunk and Juggalo subcultures join forces. We were impressed by this elaborate Wu-Tang nail art. We explored the secret life of libraries. We read about the rise of post modern tourism, which means trips to locations like Roswell… Read More

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Wanted: A Clockwork Pac-Man

Wondering what steampunk has done for us lately, besides fill our streets with folks in absurd, overpriced aviator goggles? Behold the Pactuator, a gear-filled, hand-cranked Pac-Man. Its creator, Johnathan M. Guberman, tells Boing Boing that the device is “going to be part of a larger project: a playable, mechanical Pac-Man cabinet, called ‘Pac Machina.'” Amazing. But we can’t wait for the game. We want the Pactuator right now. Please, Guberman, start mass producing these babies. And how about some Ms. Pac-Man while you’re at it? Watch the clockwork Pac-Man and lust after one of your own below. … Read More

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