Celebrating All Things Dieselpunk

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Ice War by Anders Blixt

Alternative history plays a major role in dieselpunk fiction. The Ice War, written by Anders Blixt, is a great example.


In the Introduction, we learn that speculative Southern continent of Terra Australis really exists in this alternate universe and is called Alba. It’s populated by an intelligent race of beings called the Ursines. The author describes them as resembling ‘bear-centaurs’ and of similar intelligence to humans. However, their technology is roughly 18th century and pre-industrial.

The protagonist of the story is Johnny Bornewald who is a spy for the rebels fighting the Habsburg Empire. His mission is to travel to Alba and gather intelligence about his enemies. What he finds could change the course of human history.

The Ice War is a fun adventure story set in a well thought out and realistic alternative dieselpunk universe. It’s full of international intrigue and action.
Written by one of the men who coined the term dieselpunk, Ice War is a fun read that you really should buy.

You can purchase it through Smashwords and Amazon.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Who Won World War II?

This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Countries around the world are celebrating victory over German and Italian fascism. However, the worldwide celebration isn’t united. Most of the West fails to consider the role of the Soviet Union in winning the war in Europe.

The web site for the British newspaper ‘The Independent’ has an interesting article examining whether the Soviet Union’s participation in the war was necessary for an Allies victory.

You can read the article here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Japan and World War II Atrocities

I’ve always found the differences between how the governments of Germany and Japan have portrayed their own actions during World War II interesting. Germany has come clean with what they did while Japan often seems to be in denial.

Here’s a very interesting article about the reactions of the survivors of Japanese POW camps to the upcoming address by the Japanese Prime Minister Minister Shinzo Abe to the US Congress.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Miscellaneous

“Dieselpunk” In the News
The official Popular Science web site posted and article on April 3, 2015 titled “Google Takes Over Airship Hangars In California: Dieselpunk ruins to cyber-realities.”

Postmodern Jukebox Music
Back on March 10, 2015, Postmodern Jukebox released a wonderful version of Gangsta’s Paradise with Robyn Adele Anderson once again singing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Elinor Otto: The Last Rosie the Riveter

Elinor Otto, now 96 years old, was in her late twenties in 1942 when she answered the call to work in the factories during World War II. She was still working the line until last year when she finally retired.

Here’s a brief video interview with Ms. Otto.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

End Times Spasm Band: Baudelaire

End Times Spasm Band is a fantastic band headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to their official web site,
The End Times Spasm Band is a hot swing ensemble led by Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms.

We think of our music as urban Americana. Jazz as the soundtrack of the Americans who fled farmland for the cosmopolitan cities. The music of the rivers that carried people into the 20th century.



They’re newest EP is Baudelaire and I’ve been honored with having an opportunity to hear an advance release.

As the title suggests, the EP has a French theme to it. While it’s a small EP, in that there are only six tracks, each track is a gem. The title track Baudelaire, is bouncy and fun. Longtime fans will recognize it as classic End Times Spasm. However, they switch gears with the next track, The Figure of the Dance. It’s slow and Bluesy. When they get to the third track, Little Bird, they return to their energetic pace. However, it still has a more subtle feel to it than was common on their previous EPs. The fourth song is the French classic, La Vie en Rose. Being that this song was originally released by the legendary Édith Piaf back in 1945, this might be the most dieselpunk song on the EP. The fifth song, Archæologies, is wonderfully upbeat and fun. If this this one doesn’t get your feet tapping then you must be dead. Number six, Some of These Days, is another fun and upbeat song in the classic End Times Spasm Band style.


I’m sure that you can tell that I thoroughly enjoy this new EP. With Baudelaire, the End Times Spasm Band has reached a new high.

Their new EP will be released April 11, 2015. Check out their official web site.

Want to see them live? I've seen them in concert and I highly recommend it. Following are a listing of their upcoming concerts:
4/11/15 – The Brass Rail w
5/9/15 – CS3
6/6/15 – The Phoenix

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy and Dieselpunk

With the recent passing of Leonard Nimoy, I’m reminded of the two great dieselpunk episodes of the Star Trek: The Original Series.

Therefore, rather than write a bunch of stuff, I’m going to simply let productions speak for themselves.