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Category: Steampunk

Is Steampunk Science Fiction or Fantasy?

Posted in fantasy, genre fiction, science fiction, and Steampunk

The Trouble With Genre Definition I was chatting to a librarian friend the other day who was puzzling over where to place a book. Frowning, and waving the book at me in accusatory fashion, she said, “Austin, you write this stuff. Is steampunk science fiction or fantasy?” I…

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Letting Your Debut Novel Go and Judging a Book by Its Cover

Posted in book covers, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Publishing, publishing with a small press, Steampunk, and Writing a novel

The book is finished. Several rounds of editing – structural/developmental, copy and line, and a proofread – have all been completed. A thousand iterations of the back matter and the front matter and the dedication, acknowledgements and all the rest have finally been put aside and the wording decided…

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Why I am Going to Throw Myself Off the Edge of a Cliff

Posted in Editors, Getting published, Independent Publishing, Learning to Write, Literary agents, Publishing, Rejections, Steampunk, True Stories, and Writing a novel

The title of this post is undoubtedly designed to be provocative, to pique interest, and to raise questions in the mind of the reader. Surely, to throw oneself off the edge of the cliff is a foolhardy act at best, and at worst a depressing submission to simple suicide?…

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The Curious Case of the Cephalopod Mollusc and the Zoologist

Posted in Octopus, Steampunk, True Stories, and Zoology

Octopuses are truly fascinating creatures. Bilaterally symmetrical cephalopod molluscs of the order Octopoda (meaning eight legged) they have intrigued and horrified the human ape since earliest times. A recent post at The Steampunk Journal relates the imminent arrival of thousands of octopuses to the shores of New Zealand, where…

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