So it's time to post another blog entry partly for visitors, but mostly for the Allusionists.  When you sign in and check the albums you'll notice a new hidden from the public album specifically labeled Steam and Brass era.  As you come across images like this while you're on line feel free to upload them into this album for the rest of the group to see.  Up to this point I've mentioned a lot about character and me and Christle have mentioned a little about Steam Era influences, but today, pretty much by accident I tripped into the image of a Ross Microscope (like the images above)  I new what I wanted, but didn't really have a name for many of the things I pictured in my head that I have see, probably like rest of you in various media.  Anyway I think we haven't given just do to digging up references for Steam era inventions and architecture, so this is my attempt to kick start an effort for that again.  The architecture during the Steam era is very interesting because it was a "pretty much anything goes" as long as it's grand ideology behind it.  You will see grand marble arches that mimic the great Greek and Roman traditions of architecture and you will also see buildings and other large structures that would be considered ultra-modern and were made like caging sometimes under glass.  The best way to get a good sampling of these is to research images and the history of the World's Fair.  The "World's Fair" events were HUGE during the Steam/Victorian Era they represented, many times, the culminations of years of research and sometimes the unveiling of of one's life work.  All of these things are important because they are indirectly related to the story.  The Steam era represented a huge transition into the industrial age and then into the informational/high technology age we are in now.  Gliese 581c is also heading into a major transition and so hopefully the idea of invention via conventions of the Steam Era will foreshadow the basic idea of inventiveness and transition that will be forced on the planet down the road.  Some more visual representations of designs that were common in the Steam/Victorian Era. (Also see some invaluable resource links to start research below images.)

 

 

Ray GUNS!

Links:

www.antique-microscopes.com/brass_microscopes/ad2.html

www.antique-microscopes.com/mics/pistor.html

shop.webomator.com/

www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/quekett/origins.htm

www.fleaglass.com/index.php

www.wetanz.com/rayguns/

www.arsmachina.com/ross.htm

www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artoct07/iw-Casartelli.html

www.bigredhair.com/steamman/index.html