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A blog for authors and readers by publishers. By Wordsmack - a South African speculative science fiction publisher. Wordsmack accepts short stories, novellas and novels on a year-long submissions basis.

For the love of airships and steampunk

Hallo my pretties,
Instead of dealing with super-serious publishing issues today, I thought instead we should look at lots and lots of pictures of blimps/airships/zeppelins. It's been a long year, ok?
[Sci-fi/fantasy 101: blimps are beloved items in genre fiction writing. The steampunk kids get especially excited about them. In real life, they fell (blazing) out of favour after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937. In steampunk it forms part of a time when machines were noisy and demanded to be seen, when top hats and leather and corsets were worn by complicated characters.]
"I included blimps in my dystopian book Idea War: Volume 1, because they're the ultimate symbols of of power," says writer Abi Godsell. "They're not aerodynamic, they don't use the laws of physics - it's about flight by brute force."
Perfect, in other words, as a symbol of tyranny in her book.
But, without further ado:
These pics can all be found at http://www.deviantart.com (click on the pic for more):

Annnd the one that killed it for all others: The Hindenburg cruising past the Empire State building in NY:

Now, if you still haven't had enough, follow me on Pinterest for more.
Source: http://wordsmacked.blogspot.com/2013/10/for-love-of-airships.html