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August 22, 2007

Clippers of the clouds


"Distinguished inventors of marvelous machines in the line of steam and electricity," the Reade Family - Frank Sr., Frank Jr., Frank III, and Kate - were the original steampunks.

These aeronuatic adventures directly inspired Jules Verne's stories such as The Steam House, Robur the Conqueror, and Master of the World. Reade's helicopter airships predate Verne's "Albatross" by several years. Manufactured entirely at the Reades' foundries and machine works in Readestown, Pennsylvania, the ships were constructed from a bullet-proof aluminum/steel alloy of Frank Reade Jr.'s own invention. Chemical generators powered the rotors and the vessel's electrical systems, such as sources of light and heat. The ships were airtight and could be pressurized for high-altitude flight. The craft were well-armed, and their decks were electrified to repel boarders. Fully loaded, the ships were capable of traveling around the world without making a single stop.

Big Red Hair offers a thrilling introduction including an astonishing profile of robots of the Victorian era; Boilerplate must be the best robot name until R2D2.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 22, 2007 07:07 AM


cooler than cool..

You know what I want to know? How to learn to do those sort of etchings/drawings as shown above (The Eclipse)..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2007 09:17 AM

"Queen Victoria's Bomb"?


Posted by: J.M. Heinrichs [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2007 10:50 PM