Conflux 9 art show – entries open

Entries are open for the Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 art show. Details on the Art Show page.

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Coming to the Steampunk High Tea? Nothing to wear?

Steampunk outfit

So, you’ve signed up for the Steampunk High Tea at 3pm on Thursday, 25 April 2013. It’s just over three months away (gasp!) and you haven’t got your costume sorted. The Con’s interview with Richard Harland (in PR #4) might have given you some thoughts, but now it’s time to get serious and start work on your masterpiece. You can re-use all or parts of your costume for the Junkyard Cathedral party on Saturday, 27 April, so this is a great investment of your time (not to mention productive procrastination from that WIP that’s causing so much writerly angst).

If you’re like me and need a little more stimulation to get the costume ideas flowing, here are some links worth investigating (and I’ve included text, imagery and videos to ensure those of you who like visual stimulation best!):

Explore the Wikipedia ‘Steampunk’ entry

Feast your eyes upon the Google Images for ‘Steampunk’

Visit Kinetic Steam Works (US organisation making steam-powered kinetic art)

Marvel at the US Edwardian Ball photo gallery

Check out the SF Station steampunk photo gallery

Like the Steampunk Australia Facebook page

Go on the Steampunk Cruise the week before Conflux!

Check out Threadbanger’s steampunk outfit tutorials for men and for women on their YouTube channel

Pin everything from this steampunk outfits board on Pinterest

Read Steampunk Magazine

Join the crafty cats at Steam Fashion on LiveJournal

Geek out at Brass Goggles

That should be plenty of inspiration to get you started. Please feel free to add relevant links in the comments section below. You can never have too many prompts (or opportunities for productive procrastination)!

Photo credit: Alexander Schlesier (www.steampunker.de) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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GUFF race on to bring European fan to Conflux 9/NATCON 2013

Do you love speculative fiction, live in Europe and yearn to come to Conflux? Know any fabulous SF fans on the Continent who would make the 2013 NATCON something extra special? Well, here’s your chance to nominate for the 2013 GUFF ballot and win a trip Down Under.

What’s that I hear you ask? GUFF is the ‘Going Under Fan Fund’, which is a trust fund to assist one Northern Hemisphere speculative fiction fan travel to the bottom of the world every second year to immerse themselves in some antipodean fun. The following year sees the fund send a ‘Southerner’ to Europe in a reverse race.

If you’re interested or you know someone who should be, head on over to the website of last year’s GUFF winner for more information http://guff.lostcarpark.com/news/20120821/guff-2013-call-nominations – nominations close 11 October, so you had better get busy nominating!

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