Please don't hurt me, dear Geek Out! readers, but I'm really not a sci-fi fan convention kind of person.
Which is why the fact that I went to Dragon*Con, one of the biggest sci-fi conventions in the country, should tell you how much I love "Star Wars" heroine Carrie Fisher.
To put it another way, I once joked to my mom, "I'm thinking of developing a crippling drug addiction to deal with all the stress in my life." Her response: "You mean, so you can write a hilarious autobiography like Carrie Fisher?" Yes. Exactly. FULL POST
Steampunk is really, really big here at Dragon*Con. It's just about everywhere you look. The costumes and contraptions are marked by an intricately elaborate design aesthetic and they are beautiful - goggles, gears, the romance of a time that never was.
Maybe it's because I recently watched the film adaptation of H. G. Wells' "The Time Machine," or maybe because Dragon*Con itself just has that effect, but in the midst of it all, I really do feel as though I've been transported to an alternate universe. And that's what steampunk is all about.
Imagine an alternate history where steam power is still widely used - Victorian era Britain is the favored setting - and add to that a healthy dose of sci-fi / fantasy and a whole lot of design thinking and craftsmanship. FULL POST
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