Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has put the company in crisis—and destructive tremors have reached a 2017 Oscar hopeful. Following the horrifying expose of Weinstein’s behavior (longstanding and devastating in reach), the company announced that The Current War release would be pushed into 2018, leaving its future in doubt. Chris Evangelista, writing for FILM, aptly summarized the plight in an October 15th article, suggesting that only “time will only tell when The Current War sees the light of day.” In fact, time, and light, operate at the center of film’s story…and the more interesting history behind its script.
CONTENDERS IN THE CURRENT WAR, HuffPost, Oct 17, 2017, by Brandy Schillaceread more
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.”
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.read more
“Schillace recounts the fascinating history of the real scientists and inventors who laid the foundations for our modern-day technology (such as Edison, Tesla and Volta), along with such fictional practitioners as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Sherlock Holmes. In a way, the book stands as a companion to Richard Holmes’s popular history “The Age of Wonder.” Entertaining and illuminating. […] It answers some questions I never even thought to ask.”—THE WALL STREET JOURNALread more
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.read more
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 section--see the story by Laura DeMarco, The Plain...read more
In #Cleveland? Come to the Clockwork Futures book launch! The night will start at the Dittrick Museum from 5:30-6:30 for a reading, then the party begin at 7 at Happy Dog with a costumed author presentation, a visit from Mr. Edison himself, and live music from JP and Friends! Books will be sold in both venues–come to one, come to both! Attendance is free, but please register for tickets so we know if there are enough seats!read more
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:read more
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.”read more
CLOCKWORK FUTURES: The Science of Steampunk, CITIES OF FUTURES PAST: Strange historical visions of the urban future, THE FINAL FRONTIER OF DESIGN: Working with NASA to design the next generation of spacesuit gloves. Friday September 8, 2017read more