In Andrej Troha’s decopunk universe, the Americas have been unified in a single state, the Soviet Union is investigating strange phenomena in the Arctic and flight has been made impossible by stratospheric nuclear experiments, so monorails and flying cars are now the preferred modes of travel.Continue reading “The Art of Andrej Troha”
The 1942 World’s Fair in Rome was an opportunity for Benito Mussolini to celebrate twenty years of Fascism and show to the world what progress Italy had made.
The fair never happened. World War II did. But Mussolini still built a complex for the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR). Continue reading “Mussolini’s New Rome”
As the Allies closed in on Hitler’s Germany in late 1944 and early 1945, a desperate Nazi regime turned to “wonder weapons” in a final effort to turn the tide in the war.
The best-known as the V-1 and V-2 rockets, which rained down on London by the hundreds but failed to demoralize the British. Others, such as the V-3 cannon and Schwerer Gustav railway gun, were barely used. Others yet, like the German atomic bomb and Die Glocke, either barely advanced beyond the drawing board or never existed at all.Continue reading “Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich”
In the spring of 1941, Nazi Germany controlled of all of Western Europe and the question was where Adolf Hitler would strike next? Would he finally attempt an invasion of Great Britain? Or would he move into the Middle East instead and grab the oilfields? (Few anticipated at the time he would break his nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union.)
Life magazine argued in March of that year that an invasion of the Middle East by way of North Africa was most likely. This would allow Hitler to avoid aggravating the United States on the one hand, which might get involved if Germany invaded England, and Turkey on the other, which had resisted German overtures for an alliance.
“The one little hitch is the open space of water between Italy and the African mainland,” the magazine wrote, otherwise known as the Mediterranean Sea. Continue reading “Hitler’s Feared Invasion of the Middle East”
RPM Orchestra describe themselves as Proto-Industrial Americana music with a dash of old-fashioned hiss and scratch, done in the spirit of free Jazz.
The orchestra composes and performs original scores to accompany films of the Silent Era, provides musical scores in collaborative multidisciplinary performances, records soundtrack music for contemporary films and regularly performs at various music venues.
The concept of “Proto-Industrial Americana music” intrigued me, so it was with some excitement that I started listening to Stepwise.Continue reading “Stepwise”
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”
Night Fall, the final installment of several of Simon R. Green’s iconic series, but especially the Nightside and Secret Histories ones, is probably one of the most anticipated urban fantasy and neo-noir (or should that be neon-noir?) novels of 2018.
Does it live up to the expectations? Continue reading “Night Fall”
What are you in the mood for? It doesn’t matter because you’ll get it with this release.
The author, John Paul Catton, is British, so I’ll put this in terms he can understand. This is a blinding book. I was chuffed with it.
In all seriousness, this is a really well-done series of short stories. Each one is almost completely different, so if you didn’t know better you’d swear it was all written by different people. Catton writes in a variety of styles, meaning you’re sure to find something you like here. Continue reading “Tales From Beyond Tomorrow”
One of the things dieselpunks like most about Tokyo Disney Sea (our review of the park here) are its retro forms of transportation. So we’ve put together a gallery of the paddle steamers, oldtimers and the electric railway for you! Continue reading “Retro Forms of Transportation in Tokyo Disney Sea”
“Donaguirre” is a German artist whose lovely Art Deco-inspired posters typically implore citizens of the fictional Eldorado to buy war bonds to fund a three-way Cold War with Teutonian Empire in Europe and the Empire of Nikko across the Pacific.Continue reading “The Art of Donaguirre”