Thursday, July 28, 2011

Article: The Atomic Weight of Secrets

After Edward takes his first bite of scone followed by a sip of tea, he settles down to read the newspaper properly.

He is drawn to an article at the bottom right side of the page...

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by Eden Unger Bowditch
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It was the amazing Steve Parke (who did the cover art for my book) who told me about the movement. “Your book is totally Steampunk!” he said.

The funny thing is that I have always been totally into the Steampunk thing—but until The Young Inventors Guild entered my brain, I didn’t know what it was! Really! Okay, so The Atomic Weight of Secrets is a story that takes place at the turn of the last century, and there are a bunch of brilliant inventors. How could I have missed it?

Well, for one, I’ve been living in Egypt. Steampunk, as a movement, has not made it over there, but anyone looking for amazing stuff from the late nineteenth century would have a field day. In shops, you can find old Smith Corona typewriters and Victrolas and cool walking sticks, all the detritus of bygone adventurers who left their goods behind when they traveled elsewhere or died trying.

The Atomic Weight of Secrets is the introduction to the world of the Young Inventors Guild, and I am so glad it has found a home where it belongs. So many people were critical, since there are no magic wands or flying broomsticks (not that I have anything against either!). The magic of invention, they thought, was too different and too strange. It almost felt like a lost cause to try to bring to life the power behind the concept.

The brilliance of Steampunk is that it captures the birth of a modern era while embracing the elegance of a bygone age. As I work, full steam, on Book Two of the Young Inventors Guild trilogy, I can feel the pleasure of knowing that the story has a home within this visionary and wonderfully enthusiastic community.

So that’s how I first discovered Steampunk. How did you?

What does it mean to you?


Guest post created for SteamBoyz event by Eden Unger Bowditch, author of The Atomic Weight of Secrets
© 2011. All rights reserved.

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by Eden Unger Bowditch
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--~ Book Giveaway courtesy of author ~--

The Atomic Weight of Secrets
or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black
-The Young Inventors Guild
by Eden Unger Bowditch

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* earn an extra point for the giveaway by answering one of Eden's questions:

How did you first discover Steampunk?

What does Steampunk mean to you?

* image source newspaper advert

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  1. I first discovered Steampunk on Celia Bedelia's blog. I was enamored and can't get enough. It means a helluva good time when I allow my imagination a story.

  2. @freda - me too! i became inspired create a weekly steampunk monday feature which i did before doing events

  3. Actually, I first discovered Steampunk here on your site, Vii! :D

    And the rest, as they say, is history ... hehe

  4. I first discovered steampunk through this very blog :) Before that, I had zero knowledge about this genre.

  5. I have read only one steampunk book - I thoroughly enjoyed it once I realized that was what it was. I love historicals and new inventions and this book sounds very goo. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  6. If I remember well, I discovered Steampunk on Steamed and your fabulous blog. Now I'm addicted. >_<''

  7. This book sounds so good! I discovered steampunk on this blog and am now happily addicted :)

  8. I blame Gail Carriger for my first forage into steampunk. :) Then I read the Iron Duke and got totally addicted. Look at me now - i'm even going to my first steampunk convention - The Asylum, in september :)))

  9. I first discovered Steampunk while watching the Obscura Oddities on the Discovery Channel.


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