Interview with Steampunk Chicago

Interview with Steampunk Chicago

Many thanks to Joe Mason of Steampunk Chicago for interviewing me about CLOCKWORK FUTURES!
“…If we are the moral center, acting on technology, then which technologies might today be robbing us of that center? How about the veritable onslaught of available information, presented without curators or librarians or filters or commentaries? Or the way CGI blends the real and not real? We have invented access to and proliferation of data faster than we’ve developed frameworks and structures to support them, or means of teaching ourselves how to use them. As I say in the book, that’s almost inventing the train crash ahead of the train.”

Review and Share Give Away – October

Review and Share Give Away – October

A full month has transpired since the launch of CLOCKWORK FUTURES, so it’s time once again for Review and Share, your chance to gift a copy to a friend (or get a signed one for yourself!)

How it works:
1. Write a review for Amazon and Goodreads in the month of October.
2. Post to my FB page comments that you have done, with links
3. The first 10 will receive a free signed copy to be sent to any address (yours or a friend’s!)

Bonus Round: If, having done the above, you also post to another review site, post the same and win a copy of Death’s Summer Coat in the bargain for yourself, signed, sealed, and delivered.

An Electrifying Evening

An Electrifying Evening

It’s not everyday that you don the Clockwork Orange hat and pointing stick for a celebration in full steampunk regalia. But then, that’s what book launch parties are for.

I began the book tour in New York City at Union Hall, with a marvelous evening of future and past technologies and what I like to call “dread tech” –those new and surprising devices with their unexpected consequences. But for Sept 22 in Cleveland, my hometown and the best big little city (complete with the spare ribs and spine of one-time steel booms and burning river history), I wanted to do something just a little bit different.

Book Launch with a Steampunk Party

Book Launch with a Steampunk Party

Cleveland, Ohio – “Clockwork Futures” is not your grandma’s science book. Or your high school teacher’s. Or your dad’s. The Cleveland Plain Dealer carried news of the upcoming book launch in Wednesday’s Entertainment...

Clockwork Futures reviewed in Science Magazine

On September 5th, I was thrilled to learn that Science Magazine, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), carried a review of CLOCKWORK FUTURES. David Kahler of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, provided a thoughtful account of the book’s twin mission: to provide a social history of technology and also to recast some of science’s greatest innovations in a steampunk light:

Futures Past–A date at Brooklyn’s Union Hall

Futures Past–A date at Brooklyn’s Union Hall

This past Friday (Sept 8th), I had the extreme good fortune to take part in Empiricist League #20, aptly titled Histories of the Future. Along with my two fellow speakers, I had the chance to do a little time travel. Of course, as a historian and lover of all things steampunk, my talk didn’t look nearly so much at “future histories” (the future of architecture, agriculture, and space travel) as “Past futures.” I began the talk with a signature line from the my recent book CLOCKWORK FUTURES:

“Every good history begins with a story. The best of them build bridges through time where one story’s end is lost in the next one’s beginning, like a dragon swallowing its own tail.”

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