Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

Houston, we have lift off!

April 30, 2013

We launched Song of the Slums at the Conflux National SF and Fantasy convention in Canberra on Saturday 27th April. The book doesn’t officially hit the bookshops till May 1st, so it was an advance launch by a couple of days.

Terry on the left, Rob on the right, me in the background

Terry on the left, Rob on the right, me in the background

Here’s Rob Hood introducing Terry Dowling, both highly respected in the Australian/SF community. Terry was probably the first major figure in Australian SF/fantasy – that is, the current wave of Australian SF/fantasy that’s been growing and growing over a couple of decades now – and his short stories were the first to win international respect and lead the charge into the US.

For me, Terry was a special person to do the launch because, way back before I overcame writer’s block and before Terry’s first book was published, the two of us, plus guitarist Chris, used to play music together at venues around Sydney – and I was drawing on memories of those times in creating the experiences of the Rowdies band in Song of the Slums. Of course, the Rowdies invent rock ‘n roll in 1846 and take the world by storm – we were never that successful! Still, we had our moments.

So Terry re-lived some of those memories in launching the book. Then we did a reading, where Terry took on the voice of one of the ex-soldiers and Aileen came in for two lines spoken by Astor. Here we all are –

Terry on left, me in my steampunk hat, Aileen ready for her lines

Terry on left, me in my steampunk hat, Aileen ready for her lines

Terry declared the book launched, and we sold a heap of copies. As someone said, all you need as a selling point is the key line – what if rock ‘n roll had been invented a hundred years before Elvis Presley, way back in 1846?

Supanova Steampunk Documentary!

June 6, 2012

Update, update! The panel on steampunk by Michael Pryor and me is set for 4.00 on Sunday in the Supanova Seminar Room – filming starts then and continues on afterwards.

It’s a week and a half to the Sydney Supanova – the special big bash, Supanova’s tenth anniversary celebration. Not only stars of film and TV (more than I can list – check ’em out at but also yours truly, Richard Harland! (the overseas author is Christopher Paolini, of “Eragon” fame)
For me, the most exciting bit will be the filming of a steampunk documentary. Michael Pryor and I are doing a panel on all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-Steampunk, and filming will take place during and after the panel. Come in steampunk togs if you have any – or come anyway.

Here’s the official invite, open to anyone attending Supanova on the day –

Michael Pryor and Richard Harland

“Would you like to appear in a Steampunk TV documentary? Simply, attend Michael Pryor and Richard Harland’s panel over the weekend at Supanova in Sydney. Filming will take place during the panel as well as an opportunity to be interviewed straight after the panel. So come dressed in your best outfit and tell us why you love Steampunk! Tell your friends and family to come along and make this event one to remember!

Keep checking the following page link for confirmation of which day and room this event will be held.

We look forward to seeing you there.”

For any further information, please contact Trevor Howis at

Steampunk at Supanova!

April 23, 2012

I had a ball at Supanova, signing Worldshakers and Liberators at the Dymocks stall, and doing a joint presentation on steampunk with fellow Australian steampunk author Michael Pryor. Huge event – I didn’t hear the final numbers, but on Saturday it was well on the way to being the biggest Supanova ever.

Best of all for me was to see so many steampunk costurmes there! In fact, there were more the second day than the first – because people had been buying steampunk gear from the stalls around.

Oh, yes, we’re arriving big time!

For some classy steampunk costuming, here are Michael (not the author), Angela and Cherie – plus me, not quite so classy because my shirt is hanging out. A real Victorian-era gentleman would probably die of shame if seen with his shirt hanging out.

I’m wearing my aviator helmet and goggles in that pic, but most of the time I wore my new steampunk hat. Cost me a lot of money, that hat – but, boy, did it attract a lot of attention! Here it is being modelled by a fan, Ruth. I’m wearing my ordinary black (but new) top hat.

I haven’t got a pic of all the authors at the signing table – sorry, Brandon (Sanderson – who’s completing Robert Jordan’s’s Wheel of Time series), Kylie (Chan) and Trent (Jamieson). Here’s the best I can do – with Michael Pryor, Keri Arthur and yours truly-