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Writing Fenris: Why We Need More Trans Heroes in Genre Fiction

Fenris Braun is the most loved and talked-about character in my new alternate history novel, Breath of Earth. He is an acerbic scene-stealer with a slim form and a practiced glower. He's effusive in his childlike joy of machines, especially his cobbled-together passenger airship, the Palmetto Bug. Fenris is also a trans man.

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Steam Powered Giraffe: A Folk-Vaudevillian-Comic-Rock Opera Experience for the Whole Family

Steam Powered Giraffe's "The Spine" did not skimp on his replies to my email interview, and I invite all of you to meet David Michael Bennett and read what he has to say about the band and their newest projects!

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What is Steampunk, and Is It “Over”?

Apparently, steampunk was "over" before I ever discovered that it existed, and it seems that since I've been a fan, it's died a few more times. And yet ... I keep wearing and selling steampunk pieces and costumery at conventions, and no one has called me a zombie or a relic yet!

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Toast the Release of Devious Dr. Jekyll With Some Steampunk Mixology Tips!

Steampunk. Mixology. Yes.

Devious Dr. Jekyll, the second book in Viola Carr's gender-swapped retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is out today from Harper Voyager!

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Busting the Binary Stereotype: Women Warriors, Weaklings, and Healers

I remember playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons with friends when I was about fifteen. My character was a cleric, as usual for me. As we wandered through a maze, the dungeon master described a noise like an animal cry coming from a branched tunnel. I wanted to investigate in case someone needed help but in the two seconds that I dallied, some monster lurched out and ate me.

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The Mary Sue Interview: The Brass Giant‘s Brooke Johnson on Her Steampunk Engineer Heroine

Brooke Johnson's The Brass Giant is set in an alternate-history version of London, filled with brassy, beautiful steampunk tech—but is still inhabited by humans with all their flaws. Female Engineer Petra Wade is barred from practicing her trade because she's a woman, but she's a prodigy—under her care, machines sing; they work brilliantly, and Petra knows she was born to be a mechanist. We spoke with Johnson about her new book, the steampunk world, and her rad female protagonist.

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Things We Saw Today: No Thanks, Target

Did the LEGO Friends put you up to this?

Anyone know where this sign is and want to turn that apostrophe into a colon?

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Edgar Wright Is Making A Steampunk Oliver Twist Movie Which Sounds Awesome Don’t Even Lie To Yourself

Edgar Wright has apparently turned in a script for a steampunk Oliver Twist film, so we can all stop being sad about Ant-Man now, I guess.

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Things We Saw Today: Google’s Search Algorithm Has a NSFW Suggestion for How to Eat Sushi

Totally a faux pas. Unless it is wanker sushi, of course.

But at what point should I cut a hole in the box?

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Things We Saw Today: Things Get Freaky In First American Horror Story S4 Cast Photo

Featuring bearded lady Kathy Bates.

Those looking forward to American Horror Story: Freak Show have only until October 8th to wait. I should catch up on AHS, right? I feel like I should.

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PSA: This Is A Guinea Pig Wearing Leather Steampunk Wings

Does the President know about this?

It's been a difficult week in a cruel, cold world but know this: life has its ups, life has its downs, life has a guinea pig named Pulguinha wearing tiny, possibly-articulated leather steampunk wings.

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Things We Saw Today: Wonderful Steampunk Wonder Woman Cosplay

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Time for some truth: This cosplay by Jo-Jo Chen is amazing. (Fashionably Geek, picture by Jason R. Eras)

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Things We Saw Today: A K-9 Poodle Skirt for Hip Whovians

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Poodle? Pah. Robot dog. Created by Redditor Trammel for their daughter’s sock hop. (io9)

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Things We Saw Today: An Unexpectedly Charming Steampunk Jawa

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I don't know why I've never considered this before, but I think Jawas and Black Mages must be close cousins. Artwork by Björn Hurri. (via Geek Art)

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Mall Cops Call Actual Cops On Carousel-Riding Cosplayers

What would Robin Sparkles have to say about this?

Mall cops in San Diego did nothing to improve the reputation of their hilarious profession this month when they evicted a small group of steam punk cosplayers from the Westfield Plaza Camino Real shopping center in Carlsbad--and then called actual cops on the "riff raff." I mean, I don't like Firefly either, but come on.

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Things We Saw Today: Spider-Man As A Firefighter

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A new image from the Amazing Spider-Man sequel has emerged. (via Collider)

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Things We Saw Today: Steampunk Ghostbusters & Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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Out of GenCon this weekend - Steampunk Ghostbusters cast. It's Stay Puft's monocle that makes it. (via CapSteveRogers)

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Epic Steampunk Wedding Has Everything: A Robo-butler, An Octopus Cake, and Classy Duds Galore

Oh My Stars and Garters

This Steampunk wedding really takes the cake (har har) when it comes to doing marriage ceremonies in ambitious and unconventional ways! We got permission from the bride to show off her awesome wedding photos, the highlights of which are a striped wedding cake with octopi instead of figurines at the top, mini monorail table settings, and most of all: a ring-bearing robot built and designed by Grant Imahara, friend of the happy couple. How awesome is that? If you want to see more pictures of the wedding, check out the fantastic marital details in the article over on Offbeat Bride. Congratulations to the bride and groom, and may every wedding be as epic as yours! (photos by Pixievision Photography)

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Top Panels to Attend or Keep an Eye on at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Joss Whedon, Matt Smith, and Neil Patrick Harris are just a few I would like to hug. A lot.

After spending more time than is healthy perusing the entire schedule for San Diego Comic-Con, my initial response was to considering begging for a ticket to San Diego. I would tell you what I'd do for it, but putting that in writing might be illegal. Suffice it to say: The multitude of panels look so incredible, it is almost impossible to decide which you (assuming you are lucky enough to go!) ought to attend. Worry not, gentle reader: Below is the list of 50 events I would mainline caffeine, wear hideous athletic sneakers, and maybe work on that whole being-in-two-places-at-once-issue to attend, helpfully divided into categories of interest.

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Intricate Clockwork Creatures From Repurposed Old Watch Gears

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Justin Gershenson-Gates of A Mechanical Mind has been constructing these gorgeous little creatures from gears and watch pieces for years, using his love of tinkering to create tiny, elaborate works of art.  You can see more creatively constructed arachnids, insects, and other clockwork pieces on his DeviantArt, and even buy one of the sculptures from his Etsy shop.

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