Might we suggest some further distractions:
• Review the latest from SteamPunk Magazine.
• Visit Emilie P. Bush's new Web site CoalCitySteam.com, devoted to all things steampunk, and peruse the first chapter of her forthcoming novel, Chenda and the Airship Brofman.
• Hear Scott Westerfeld read from his new novel Leviathan, a foray into steampunk, 7 p.m., Mon., Oct. 12 at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.
• Play The Spoils, steampunkery in a card game.
• Read Steampunk (2008, Tachyon Publications), an anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer. Get an introduction to the genre in "The 19th-Century Roots of Steampunk," by Jess Nevins with a great explanation of what puts the punk in steampunk. Then, enter the coal-drenched environs and brassy invention of stories including Ian R. McLeod's The Giving Mouth.
• Read Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon's "steampunk homage," as recommended by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer in the preface to Steampunk.
• Adventure off to find some new steampunk music at Sepiachord.
• Eye some pretties from steampunk vendors and watch this new video by steampunk jewelry designer Daniel Proulx. Comment on the video by Oct. 12 to enter a giveaway to win a $100 shopping spree from CatherinetteRings.Etsy.com, steampunk jewelry inspired by Victorian science fiction.
• Generate some fiction using the Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Genre-Fiction Generator 2000. It comes up with lovely bits such as this:
"The Cyber Wars"
In a coal-powered one-way spaceflight, a young author self-insert stumbles across an arcane prophecy which spurs him into conflict with his own insecurity vis-à-vis girls, with the help of a cherubic girl with pigtails and spunk and her closet full of assault rifles, culminating in convoluted nonsense that squanders the readers’ goodwill.