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Author Topic: Punk returns to Steampunk in Victorian-style serial novel, SteampunX  (Read 2273 times)

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Steampunk, the retro-revisionist science fiction set in an alternate Victorian era, welcomes a new approach today with the publication of SteampunX. SteampunX is a self-published, serial adventure novel in the manner of Dickens or Trollop that takes the best of the form and marries it to the burgeoning future of e-books distributed by independent artists. Simultaneously, the novel seeks to reform romantic attitudes toward imperialism and return the "punk" to the label.

In response to Sci-fi author Charles Stross’ criticism of the steampunk genre, SeampunX rises to his challenge to make the form a meaningful stage for the punk aesthetic that rejects corporate sameness and factory systems while celebrating independent artistry.  SteampunX is a way for readers to imagine a world in which the atrocities of the Victorian Age were avoided, and instead paints a picture of a bright past.

Each episode includes advertisements created by author Benjamin Jacobson and provided free to the steampunk community, in honor of their own unheralded passions. Within the text, SteampunX pays homage to the 70's-80’s music scene, with allusions to Johnny Thunders, David Bowie, and other auteurs of the era and lifts up the disenfranchised of the Victorian era through the application of fiction.

SteampunX exists in a world where the native populations of North America banded together against the threat of European invaders.  The story begins in 1875 on the Anowarakowa continent where the English still hold only thirteen colonies, the south is owned by France and the vast middle of the nation is the province of the Democratic Ten Hundred Nations, a native Anowarakowan state.

SteampunX prices each monthly episode under a dollar in order to reach that cash-strapped reader and furthermore offers free subscriptions to the entire serial for those who might call themselves fans.  Jacobson said, "Like those mohawk-sporting punk rockers of the 80’s, I'll keep pounding out these chords for anyone willing to listen."

The first episode of SteampunX is available for free at Smashwords and at SteampunXserial.com.

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