• Guest Author of the Time Traveller's Reunion Revealed!

    It is our pleasure to sing her name and cheer her praises, local steampunk author A.F. Stewart will be joining us at the Time Traveller's Reunion (June 15-16)! We at the Jules Verne Phantastical Society get pretty excited about books, so we are thrilled and pleased as punch to be having such a talented lady among our guests!

    A.F. Stewart will be both providing us with a Q&A meet up as well as a steampunk themed writing workshop to tickle all your creative writing minds!

    A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. The youngest in a family of seven children,she has always had an overly creative mind and an activeimagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, sword collecting, and oil painting. Ms. Stewart is an indie author with several published novellasand story collections in the dark fantasy and horror genres,with a few side trips into poetry and non-fiction. She has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themesinto her books and stories.

    Want to learn more about our amazing guest? Follow these links!

    Her Blog: afstewartblog.blogspot.ca/

    Twitter: @scribe77

    Website: http://afallon.bravesites.com/

    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/afstewartauthor

    Her latest work, a Steampunk compliation of Shortstories with authors from all over the world:

    Mechanized Masterpieces

    Xchyler Publishing: http://www.xchylerpublishing.com/site.cfm/Our-Books/Mechanized-Masterpieces.cfm

    Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Mechanized-Masterpieces-Steampunk-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00CFT5658/

    Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/Mechanized-Masterpieces-Steampunk-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00CFT5658/

    Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mechanized-masterpieces-anika-arrington/1115181302

    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17875397-mechanized-masterpieces

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  • PROULX "MACHINE à TRAVERSER le TEMPS" SIGHTED

    We are pleased to announce that Daniel Proulx will be a guest speaker at the Time Traveller's Reunion on June 15th and 16th!

    Daniel Proulx was born in Montreal and spent a considerable time traveling the world before returning to his artistic roots, becoming an independent artist in 2008. He has found great inspiration in the steam era and now makes Steampunk jewelry with metal wire, gemstones, vintage clock parts and other unusual components. He loves creating organic shapes from wire and developing intricate designs with a mechanical/industrial feel. When Daniel was little he used to daydream about fantastic imaginary worlds. He would draw monsters, invent stories about magical items, or role-play with friends. Now he brings his art to life with stories from a distant parallel Steampunk universe. He uses his creations to share his passion for the world of Steampunk with the rest of us.

    Daniel Proulx est née à Montréal et a passé un temps considérable à parcourir le monde avant de revenir à ses racines artistiques. Il est devenu artiste indépendant en 2008. Il a trouvé une grande inspiration dans l'ère de la vapeur et fait maintenant des bijoux Steampunk avec des fils métalliques, des pierres précieuses, des pièces d'horlogerie et d'autres composantes inhabituels. Il aime créer des formes organiques à partir du fil de métal et développer des motifs complexes qui ont un allure mécanique / industrielle. Lorsque Daniel était petit, il rêvait souvent de mondes imaginaires fantastiques. Il dessinait des créatures, inventais des histoires sur des objets magiques ou jouait à des jeux de rôle avec des amis. Maintenant, il donne vie à ses histoires à partir d'un univers Steampunk parallèle. Il utilise ses créations pour partager sa passion pour le monde Steampunk avec le reste d'entre nous.

    Daniel will be giving presentations in both French and English!

    Want to learn more about his work? Follow this link: Steampunk Jewelry

    Join us in welcoming him!

    Make sure to get your tickets for the Time Traveller's Reunion before they are gone! To order them call toll free, Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 1-888-743-7845

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  • Eli August & Abandoned Buildings to Play Time Traveller's Reunion

    A Splendid Proclamation: Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings to headline Time Traveller’s Reunion Cabaret

    The Time Traveller’s Reunion (June 15-16 2013) is proud to present the aural splendor that will tease and intoxicate your senses, Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Nominated for Steampunk Chronicles best band of the year, we think you will agree. They will play an amazing show full of escapade and exuberance for the Time Traveller’s Cabaret on Saturday evening, and they will lull you with splendor for a special highlight performance at our garden party tea on Sunday afternoon.

    The music of Eli August is akin to the waters of a great river. It’s always moving and pushing forward, whether through percussive guitar and banjo, or the urgency of delicately crafted lyrics; the music never looks back.

    The Dark Americana music is, at its roots, devoted to romantics and those who reflect upon their days with a certain longing for the past. Eli is often backed by an ever changing East Coast collective called The Abandoned Buildings, who bring rich and earthy orchestrations to the settings imagined in August’s songwriting, from the deep undulations of the ocean, to the quiet mystery of the forest and the openness of the dry and dusty road.

    Whether solo, or along with the Abandoned Buildings, Eli will have you tapping your foot, singing along and reminiscing of your own long ago journeys.

    We know you will love the band as we do! As a special gift for visiting the site, Eli and the AB have offered the free download of some of their music to share with you: Music Download

    Join us in welcoming Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings as a wonderful addition to the Time Traveller’s Reunion!

    For more info on the Band: Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings

    For more info on the Time Traveller’s Reunion: Website and Facebook

    The Jules Verne Phantastical Society on Facebook: Page and Group

    Sherbrooke Village Website

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  • Ordering your Time Traveller's Reunion Tickets

    TIME TRAVELLER'S REUNION JUNE 15 & 16 2013

    Time Traveller's Reunion Tickets & Prices

    Ticket orders start Friday, April 19th

    Call toll free 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday

    1-888-743-7845

    WEEKEND PASS - $45.00

    (Includes Saturday Night Cabaret Concert and Sunday Garden Tea Party)

    SATURDAY PASS - $30.00

    (Includes Cabaret Concert)

    SUNDAY PASS - $25.00

    (Includes Garden Tea Party)

    Elegant Supper - Saturday Evening

    1st Seating - $15.00 (4:30 - 6:00)

    2nd Seating - $15.00 (6:00 - 7:30)

    Supper is a 3 course turkey dinner, there is a vegetarian option but must be placed when ordering your dinner ticket. You must also choose a seating when placing your order.

    The Time Traveller's Reunion is a steampunk themed weekend held in the historic Sherbrooke Village. Hosted by the Sherbrooke Village Museum and the Jules Verne Phantastical Society.

    The weekend will be full of fun and fascinating events! Try your hand at victorian trades, steampunk themed workshops, join us for a cabaret with a special musical guest soon to be announced! There will be costume contests, a garden tea party, carriage rides, silent movies, steampunk and geeky vendors, and much more all in the surroundings of a beautiful Victorian village full of costumed interpreters! Join us for the Time Traveller's Reunion! You won't want to miss it! Set your time turners, tardis, or DeLorean to take you to our time and place for June 15th and 16th 2013!

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  • Ten Questions with Paolo Chikiamco, author of High Society

    In January, 2013, the Book Club of the Jules Verna Phantastical Society met at the Alderney gate Library in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss, debate, and consider a steampunk story from the other side of the world. High Society was written by Paolo Chikiamco, and uses steampunk science fiction to re-envision and re-imagine the history and culture of the Philippines. It is set during the Philippine Resistance at the end of the Seven Years' War, and the end of the Spanish Colonial era.

    Author Paolo Chikiamco contacted the JVPS, and offered to answer a few questions from our Book Club. We sent him ten. Here, then, are Ten Questions, with Paolo Chikiamco, the author of High Society.

    1. What other books, short stories, and comics have you written?

    On Wooden Wings: Short story, originally published in Philippine Speculative Fiction VI anthology, and reprinted in the Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution anthology. This is the one that's most likely to be of interest to you, as it's a steampunk story (well, clockpunk) that serves as a prequel to High Society (a direct prequel, although that's not explicit in the text -- the male protagonist here grows up to be the Carpenter in High Society).

    Mythspace series: This is a shared-universe space opera comic book series that we're currently producing, where we re-imagine creatures from Philippine folklore as advanced alien races. You can find out more here: http://www.rocketkapre.com/tag/mythspace/

    Kambal Kulam: Short story; in Scheherazade's Façade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-dressing, and Transformation anthology . A light-hearted Urban Fantasy story.

    The Captain's Nephew: Short story; in Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology. An alternative history story blending a real Chinese hero of the Philippine Revolution, and a creature from Philippine folklore.

    Oblation: Short story; in Philippine Speculative Fiction VII anthology. A super hero story, where I experimented a bit with form.

    Malvar: at Philippine Genre Stories Online; http://www.philippinegenrestories.com (Kenneth Yu; 2012)

    Carbon: Short story; in Philippine Speculative Fiction V anthology, reprinted in The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010. A social science fiction story, dealing with cloning.

    Siege of Silence: Short story; in The Farthest Shore anthology; (http://farthestshore.kom.ph/). A secondary world story that I'd call a post-apocalyptic fantasy story.

    Lex Talionis: Short story; originally published in the A Time for Dragons anthology, and republished in the Best Philippine Speculative Fiction of 2009; http://bestphilippinesf.com/ . The first short story I ever wrote for publication. A secondary world fantasy story.

    2. What made you decide to write a steampunk story?

    One of the reasons that I like steampunk is that it lends itself well to a re-imagining of history. I like exploring aspects of Philippine culture and history from a speculative angle, and placing the focus on my country and countrymen, since we're not often represented in fiction written by non-Filipinos.

    Also, it's a subgenre of speculative fiction that hasn't been explored very often here in the Philippines, so I wanted to see what I could do with it.

    3. Your story includes a lot of key elements from animist spirituality. How does this influence the science fiction of your story?

    Actually, it's not really animism, in that the Animata are not, technically speaking, the "spirits of the wood" -- they are creatures of Philippine folklore that have been trapped in the wood of a special (and make-believe) tree.

    That being said, their presence allows me to have more "advanced" clockpunk technology in the setting (as I can use the spirits as animating/motivating forces of indeterminate capacity), while also allowing me to introduce social science fiction elements into the story (such as the relation of living "tools" to their human users).

    4. In your opinion, what makes this story a "steampunk" story?

    The re-imagining of non-electric technology (albeit, powered by supernatural force) to create an alternate history scenario, as well as the visual aesthetic of the comic. I use "steampunk" in a general sense here, one that would encompass both clockpunk and gaslamp fantasy.

    5. What are some of your favourite non-european steampunk stories today?

    Oh, I couldn't name just one, but the Steampunk III anthology is full of them.

    6. Why, do you think, is steampunk so popular still?

    For one, Steampunk stories are appealing, in that they make technology more… tangible, I think, is the best word to use here. The sensory aesthetic is an important part of steampunk stories, and a large part of their appeal, making gadgets more personalized, and yet (at the very least, in terms of scale) more impressive.

    Of course, for me, the use of the genre as a means of exploring a different course history could have taken, is another strong appeal.

    7. How did you decide to release the first issue for free on-line, and has that been successful advertising?

    My digital publisher for High Society approached me with the idea, and I jumped at the chance for it to be featured on Wired. As far as spiking sales, not by much, but in terms of exposure, I think it was a success.

    8. Why a comic book rather than a novel or a series of short fiction?

    Actually, I'm still undecided about the format for the main story of the Animata -- the comic was a proof of concept, to see how the world would look if rendered in the comics medium, just as "On Wooden Wings" was an experiment of the same world, in prose. Both of those stories take place before what I would call the "real" story, the protagonists being the generation after Carpenter's.

    9. How important do you think is a knowledge of actual Philippines history, to reading your alternate history story?

    Very important, I think -- I tried to make it accessible to those who were not familiar with our history, or folklore, but the comic is so short that much of its depth can only be discerned in those little details that someone unfamiliar with the Philippines would miss -- like many of the names/events thrown around in the dinner party scene.

    10. If you could ask our book club members one question, what would it be?

    What would a steampunk novel, set in an unfamiliar nation/culture like "High Society", need to do within the first, oh let's say two chapters, in order to hook you?

    We took that question to our Book Club's April session, before and after discussing Rudyard Kipling's With the Night Mail, and three different elements were agreed by them to be most important. A full understanding of the background history, culture, and characters was NOT thought to be necessary. Instead, they admired the creation of some sense that there IS a background history and culture, with enough references to it in the story, to create a curiosity about it. Similarly, curiosity about the introduced characters was discussed as more important to them than fully knowing the characters and their relation to the plot. Finally, at least one sympathetic character was considered important to a couple of our members.

    Perhaps some of the innate appeal of speculative fiction, especially speculative fiction dealing with alternate histories, is in knowing that somewhere, the world in the story will deviate from the world we know, and in puzzling out how the two relate, they suggested. No matter the reader's culture and history, this would prepare them to easily accept and explore other-than-their-own real-world cultures and histories in such fiction in the same way, as those differences will still be there whether factual or fictional.

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