In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Canada’s railway companies built grand hotels along the routes of the country’s burgeoning rail network. Many of these hotels were built in French château- and Scottish baronial-inspired styles, rich in dormers, towers and turrets.
When air travel started to compete with the railways in the second half of the twentieth century, many of the hotels struggled. Some were closed and torn down. The ones that survived are now national landmarks.
Let us take you on a tour of the grandest of Canada’s railway hotels. Continue reading “The Grandest of Canada’s Railway Hotels”
Nicole Cardiff’s is a world of steampunk adventure: archeologists exploring ancient ruins, adventurers in a dragon-infested lost world, sky pirates and — of course — robots. Continue reading “The Art of Nicole Cardiff”
Raphael Lacoste has provided (concept) art for many works of fiction that will be familiar to ‘punk genre enthusiasts, from the 2008 movie adaption of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth to Paolo Bacigalupi’s 2009 biopunk novel The Windup Girl to the cyberpunk-ish sci-fi Jupiter Ascending (2015, our review here). Continue reading “The Art of Raphael Lacoste”
You seldom see dark steampunk anymore. Maybe the people who like that sort of thing have moved on to dieselpunk? It makes Aurélien Police’s work stand out, though. The artist, also known as “Sigu”, has been creating steampunk art with Gothic and post-apocalyptic influences for more than a decade. Continue reading “The Art of Aurélien Police”
Zack Snyder’s 2011 movie Sucker Punch is a bit of a mess (read our review here), but it has a very cool steampunk World War I scene in it, full of biplanes, zeppelins and undead German soldiers. You can watch parts of it on YouTube. Continue reading “Sucker Punch Concept Art”
Pete Amachree’s are some of the best steam- and dieselpunk cityscapes you will find. In one, we see a busy Victorian-era town square with a monument to the Battle for Phobos (one of Mars’ two moons). In another, a mix of Flatiron Building and Times Square with an elevated railway thrown in. Imagine the stories that could take place here! Continue reading “The Art of Pete Amachree”
Egle “Cathy” Zioma is a Lithuanian artist who has done a few steampunk works, including the cover illustration for the first steampunk novel published in the Baltic state: Andrius Tapinas’ Hour of the Wolf. Continue reading “The Art of Egle Zioma”
Ignacio Bazán Lazcano is an Argentinian artist, whose work includes Weird War and Weird West scenarios. Continue reading “The Art of Ignacio Bazán Lazcano”
Sebastien Hue is a versatile digital artist from France. Most of his work is science-fiction, but a few pieces have steam- and dieselpunk influences, including a city with flying mechanical whales! Continue reading “The Art of Sebastien Hue”
Cities lost to time and half-remembered civilizations, discovered deep in the mountains of the Himalayas, the Amazonian rainforest or at the bottom of the sea, are a familiar trope in steam- and dieselpunk fiction.
Drawing on the expeditions of Percy H. Fawcett and Heinrich Schliemann, the writings of James Churchward and Theodore Illion and the esotericism of Helena Blavatsky, W. Scott-Elliot and Rudolph Steiner, both genres exploit the half-real and fully imagined tales of ancient races that supposedly roamed the Earth millennia ago. Continue reading “Lost Cities and Civilizations”