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LepreCon 40 – My Schedule of Appearances

See you at LepreCon 40 if you can make it.  Here is my schedule (Michael Bradley) for the event:

My schedule for LepreCon 40:

Friday (Dealer room when not at panel)

1 pm Steampunk 101

2 pm The Singularity

Saturday (Dealer room when not at panel)

9 am Self Publishing 101

Noon – The Perils of Time Travel

Sunday (Dealer room when not at panel)

10 am Advanced Self Publishing

11 am Advanced Steampunk

Susannes Treasures will be open during all dealer hours, Friday Noon to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.

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What is Steampunk?

I write across several genres of both fiction and non-fiction, but many of my novels and stories are Steampunk.  The biggest question we Steampunk enthusiasts get is, “What IS Steampunk?”  At the Wild Western Festival I manned the booth for the Arizona Steampunk Society, where we handed out brochures and event descriptions and I answered that question around 300 times.  I conducted an entire seminar/panel at the LepreCon Convention in Tempe on the topic, powerpoint presentation is here:

Why is Steampunk Picking up Steam

The most basic answer is that you already know what Steampunk is and probably like it, you just don’t know the term.  Steampunk is science fiction adventure set between 1830 to 1900.  It is the Victorian Era in England when Brittania grew and the British Empire never had the sun set upon it.  During this period of colonialization, most of South America, Africa and Asia were annexed by the “major powers” of Europe.  In America, it was the pre-Civil War era, through the Civil War, the Indian Wars, and the Wild West.  It encompassed most of our traditional movies and literature about westerns and the Civil War.

Examples of Steampunk begin with writers who wrote during that time – HG Wells, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, and even some Kipling.  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Land that Time Forgot, The Mysterious Island, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dorian Grey, Sherlock Holmes and other stories are ALL steampunk.  Science fiction and adventure, set during that time.

More modern examples include The Wild Wild West TV series and movies, the movie versions of stories listed above, Cowboys and Aliens, the recent Sherlock Holmes movies, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer and so on.  That is the literary and movie answer.

However, there is a world-wide movement, complete with millions of fans and thousands of conventions in which people dress up and play out parts in Steampunk.  This includes Steampunk music, indie films, events (my wife is at a Steampunk Masquerade Party tonight, I am at home, just able to walk after surgeries, can’t dance) and even a life-style.  Those familiar with goth, punk, manga, hipsters and cosplay will understand more what these movements are like.  The people of Steampunk have a blast and are among the nicest people around.

So what then is the allure of Steampunk?  It is simply fun, naivete and adventure.  In the nineteenth century, Steam powered engines such as railroads, factories and other sciences made dramatic changes in the world.  Electricity, steel, oil, transportation all changed society from an agrarian world with no lights but candles and ships which relied on the wind, to a modern world.  This allowed war to change from what it had been for nearly a thousand years to a suddenly dangerous and brutal occurrence.  It allowed us to see at night, to move around, to transport over distances, to build skyscrapers, to travel the world reliably.  At the time, large parts of the globe were unexplored.  Africa was considered “the Dark Continent” because there were no maps except the coast.  The source of the Nile was discovered by Stanley and Livingston.  It would not be before 1922 that King Tut’s tomb was found.  The world was mysterious, and for the first time we could explore it.

Nine Kings Gather in Windsor Castle in 1910

This was an era of industrial magic, robber barons, monarchies, creation of huge cities with slums, conquering of weaker nations, exploration and excitement and fear of the future.  The United States and France were the only democracies, and neither were working out too well.  America had a major Civil War with over 700,000 casualties.  France had starvation, then the Terror, then Napoleon, then stupid wars like the Franco-Prussian War.  It was a simple existence gone wild through industrialization and science.  New fighting old.

That is Steampunk.  From 1900 or so to 1940s is referred to as ‘Dieselpunk’.  These include such favorites as Indiana Jones and Sky Raiders of the Universe, Tin Tin and Captain America.  Future sci-fi was originally called ‘Cyber-punk’ when computers were new in the 70s and 80s.  We have computers all over now, but when they first came out, they created a hopeful and scary future for us, just as steam power and science did for the Victorian Era.

Here are some Steampunk pictures to show you some variations in the genre and the community:

 

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Reminder of My Panels at LepreCon 38

LepreCon 38 starts TOMORROW, it goes Thursday through Sunday!

The event is held at the Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Arizona.  For a link to find out more, go to:

http://www.leprecon.org/lep38/index.php

I will be appearing in seven panels, a book signing, and a book reading, as well as selling autographed copies of my first two books in the Dealer Room.  Hope to see you there.

My personal schedule:

Friday

LIT-Good, Bad & Ugly of Genre Fiction 1-2pm Palm E

Whether it’s made into a movie and television show, some of these genre fiction stories are good or bad for their fans. We will discuss when such stories get ugly for the general population. What’s good and bad about Twilight, True Blood, and other genre fiction works.

SCI – Laboratory went Boom 6-7pm Joshua Tree

A discussion on laboratory mistakes and how they lead to discoveries and/or spectacular failures.

Saturday

 SOC-Here comes the Apocalypse 2-3pm Xavier

The Noah story and other end of days’ theories – facts or stuff for the fiction books? Why are the apocalyptic story lines so prevalent in today’s television, movies and books?

Autograph session in dealer’s room 3-4pm

 SCI-The Stem Cell Hamburger Drive-Thru 4-5pm Xavier

Stem Cell Hamburgers, would you eat them?  A discussion on the current state of genetically engineered food and animal cloning in general.

 LIT – Independent Publishing Update 5:00-6:30pm Palm F

What’s new on the horizon for the Indie authors and publishers? There is so much changing that it’s hard to keep up with the technology used to support the pros and entertain the masses.

LIT/MED – Why is Steampunk picking up steam 7-8 pm Palm E

Sherlock Holmes, Wild Wild West, The Three Musketeers have all shared a new major element in their story lines and that is adding steampunk. Why has the turn of the century historical costumes, gadgets and ideas become so popular today?

 Sunday

 Michael Bradley Reading 11-11:30am Boardroom

Excerpts from Two Books – The Travelers’ Club and The Ghost Ship and Twisted History

SCI/LIT – Science research for book writing 3-4pm Xavier

Questions that will be discussed: Will guns rust in space? If we use super hot water for propulsion, how will the engines hold up or work, long term? Can we recycle the space junk left behind by the Apollo teams when we live on the Moon? Can we make a multiple planetary lander today or can we even expect this in the future?

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Appearing At LepreCon 38!

Michael Bradley will be appearing as an author and panelist at the 38th LepreCon Convention on:

April 6-8, 2012 at Tempe Mission Palms – Tempe, AZ

This is the premier Arizona event for Science Fiction fans.  You can get more details at their website at:

http://www.leprecon.org/lep38/

Michael had the following schedule:

Friday

LIT-Good, Bad & Ugly of Genre Fiction 1-2pm               Palm E

SCI – Laboratory went Boom 6-7pm                                  Joshua Tree

Saturday

SOC-Here comes the Apocalypse           2-3pm                 Xavier

Autograph session in dealer’s room       3-4pm

SCI-The Stem Cell Hamburger Drive-Thru 4-5pm           Xavier

LIT – Independent Publishing Update 5:00-6:30pm                   Palm F

LIT/MED – Why is Steampunk picking up steam                              7-8 pm                        Palm E

Sunday

Michael Bradley Reading                        11-11:30am        Boardroom

SCI/LIT – Science research for book writing 3-4pm                   Xavier

Please stop by and catch a panel or get a book signed!

A special thanks to Patti Hulstrand, the Program Director for adding me to the program.  As you can see under the STORE page on this website, I have been a frequent writer recently for the ConNotations Newszine which Patti also publishes.  In addition, Patti writes her own novels and markets and publishes for many other authors.  I don’t know how she finds the time to do it all, but I appreciate her.

Michael

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I will be appearing at LepreCon!

The wonderful folks at LepreCon and Patti Hulstrand have included me in the schedule for the upcoming LepreCon!  Thanks to this wonderful bunch!  I hope you can all go and participate in this convention.  Here is a link:

http://www.leprecon.org/lep38/Programming-Participants.php

I know, I have to get a new picture, but I haven’t settled on a look yet, in a wild stage now, shaving, growing beards, shaving, growing moustache, letting hair get long, cutting it all off…Second childhood I guess…

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