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      CommentAuthorwarrenellis
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2007 edited
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    When FREAKANGELS launches, the presence of this section will make more sense. FREAKANGELS has the oily breath of the retrofuturist. As much as it's about a group of "friends" who knob, drink, snort and garden their way towards an uncertain future, it's also (and perhaps) really about the English approach to science fiction. Which is to say, it's about the end of the world, and the persistent fascination of those days when England was the source of technological marvel. So it made sense to me to try a retropunk section. Especially since -- as has long been detailed on warrenellis.com -- retropunk went to the web to pupate, and has this year been emerging as something unexpected.

    So, for the steampunks, clockpunks/springpunks, post-apocalyptics and all... somewhere to talk and share the good stuff.

    -- W
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2008
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    I'm surprised this discussion didn't take off immediately. Now that Freakangels has launched, maybe?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2008
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    OK, I'll bite.

    You mentioned the idea of Freakangels being your view of English science fiction. Is this also in the same vein as what you did with Ministry of Space, or is this a different look into English sf?

    Would you consider the future apocalypse of London being a steampunk-themed world similar to most American post-apocalypse stories devolving into, essentially, stories of the Old West?
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2008
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    those days when England was the source of technological marvel

    It's... odd to read that. Obviously we tend to forget that those days existed at all.

    How soon before we start seeing the U.S. in such terms (assuming we don't already)?
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2008
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    These days I'm not sure we have the same sense of technological marvel that we did when Britain was the best; it seems like there's not as much romance in the idea of science, perhaps?

    American science seems so functional, I doubt there'll be the same feeling around it.
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    I'm sorry, I thought it was clear that this post was an introduction to a section, not a discussion itself.
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      CommentAuthorLucifal
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2008 edited
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    . . . and should steampunk/fantastic novelists try their hand at comics? I hear China Mieville is keen to have a go.
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      CommentAuthorTheremina
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2008
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    should steampunk/fantastic novelists try their hand at comics? I hear China Mieville is keen to have a go.

    YES PLEASE.