On The Aether!

We’ll be on the radio tonight at 5:00pm PST – listen in if you can!


NOVA ALBION on the wireless!


A whole bunch of us, including Brass Farthing, Miss Kalendar and Cherie Priest, will be on KKUP 91.5 on the Meeting of the Ways show this afternoon at 5:00. The station is based in Cupertino, but it’ll reach over most of the South Bay.
We’re still trying to find an online feed for the show. If one of y’all finds one, please… post a link in the comments.

Non-profit, listener-supported public radio. Entirely volunteer run, KKUP features original programming covering a wide range of music and public affairs.

Welcome League of S.T.E.A.M.!

We’re happy to announce that The League of S.T.E.A.M. (You know, the Victorian Ghostbusters from the Panic! at the Disco video…) will be joining the already stellar lineup of steam-driven entertainment for our Saturday night shin-dig and we couldn’t be more excited. Doors (and Bar!) will be open by 7:00pm…

Here’s the redone poster:


Book Drive!

Book Drive in support of the



.Bring your old books to Nova Albion ~ so they can become a gateway for new fans!

Introducing new readers to Science Fiction and Fantasy, conventions and fandom


A booth at Wondercon, a 35,000-strong comics convention in San Francisco, April 1-3, 2011


The first one’s free, Kid!




The SF Outreach Initiative is an all-volunteer organization that will be going to Wondercon to chat, enthuse, and talk to people about the literature, Worldcons, and SFnal activities. They will have fliers, calendars, and bookmarks to show people what is going on and, hopefully, to ignite a latent interest in our sort of hobbies and reading.


Nova Albion is proud to be supporting this effort by collecting books. There will be a donation table in the Mezzanine Vendor Hall, where you can drop off books and chat with some of the organizers of the Initiative. New or recent releases, your favorite old classics or anything in-between – all are welcome.

For more info:


Keynote – Chris Garcia

Please help us to welcome our 2011 Keynote Speaker!


photo by Andrew Trembley


Chris Garcia

is a filmmaker, historian, curator and Hugo-nominated fan writer based in Sunnyvale, CA. His filmmaking career has including production, directing and writing short films, including a documentary, Steampunk: Building a Better Yesterday, that showed at the ZerOne Digital Art Festival in San Jose. Chris started his curatorial career in 1999 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, and hand a hand in creating the games, PC and graphics sections of Revolution: The First Two Thousand Years of Computing exhibit that opened in January 2011. In 2005, Chris became involved in zines with The Drink Tank, his Hugo-nominated fanzine on eFanzines.com. In 2009, he launched Exhibition Hall, also available on eFanzines.com,  along with James Bacon and Ariane Wolfe. He has had writing appear in Gatehouse Gazette, Clarkesworld, the Internet Review of Science Fiction and on Tor.com during Steampunk Fortnight. Chris has also been a speaker and presenter for our 2008 California Steampunk Convention and 2010 Steampunk Exhibition.

Artisan Spotlight – C. Westbrook Designs

3D Made Real!

San Francisco artist Christina Mei Ngook Westbrook creates what she calls, “Steampunk for Everyday”… jewelry, iPhone cases and other everyday items manufactured using 3-D printer technology.


The medium – and Westbrook’s style – combines a Steampunk aesthetic with technology that’s about as modern – or perhaps futuristic – as one can get. 3D Printing, also known as Additive Fabrication or Rapid Prototyping, is not used by many artists yet… but it seems to be picking up steam. Christina says, “It’s an ideal balance of craft and technology… more or less it’s virtual sculpting and then the sculpture gets created by printing the shape layer by layer out of various materials. I sketch an object, model it to scale in my computer using 3D software, upload it to one of the very few websites who caters to individual artists like me and if sketching and modeling only takes a couple days I get my pieces delivered to me as real objects 2-3 weeks later in laser sintered polyamide (nylon), stainless steel or gold plated stainless steel.


I then add Swarovski crystals to many pieces by hand via industrial strength glue or traditional wire wrapping, hand dye what needs dying and depending on the piece put a final varnish on for extra durability”.


Christina makes a variety of items including jewelry, keychains, cell phone charms, hair ornaments, napkin rings and has some new designs in the works for stylized fans and pocket watches; she sells them on her Etsy site and through her website, C Westbrook Designs: 3D Made Real. Her iPhone 4 cases have started getting a bit of attention; My favorite is this lovely Victorian filigree case with a kitty in the center of it! Here’s a [review of the iPhone cases from intomobile.com].


Christina Westbrook will be showing and selling her 3D printed wearables and accessories in our Mezzanine-level Vendor Hall 2, in the Bayshore Room. See you there!


James Ng at Nova Albion!

All the way from Hong Kong

and with new art to debut, we are pleased to welcome

“Asian Steampunk” Artist, James Ng!


We knew we were getting his art… but we didn’t know we’d have the artist until this week! James says he’s been working on a few new pieces that he’s looking forward to showing – you’ll see them first!


“The recently deceased key keeper and his pet cats had the responsibility of organizing all the keys and locks for the imperial dungeon. With the keeper gone, no one except his pets could pair the thousands of keys to their corresponding lock, but the feline family refused to go to work without their master. The Imperial Inventor, with permission from the court, reanimated the keeper’s skeleton with steam engines to keep the loyal pets satisfied until they find a better solution. The skeletal remains of the eldest cat was also reanimated to serve as a pack leader and a mobile key cutting machine.” ~ www.jamesngart.com


James was recently interviewed on Brazil’s SteamCast; (he appears at around 4 minutes in, for those of you who want to cut to the chase!) http://steamcast.com.br/steampunk-steamcast-002/#For more in-depth info, please check out our [Featured Artist Bio Page]; you can also go to James’ site to see what he’s up to and pre-order prints.

Veronique Chevalier

Nova Albion and An Airship Home Companion

are pleased to bring you

Veronique Chevalier – Cabaret’s “Weird Val”!


A Steamy Chanteuse, and Spooky Polkanista, Veronique has been described as a campy incarnation of Edith Piaf from a parallel universe – the one in which her parents are Jim Morrison, and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and her godparents are Lucille Ball and Weird Al. She originated the genre of “Gothic Polka”, and received The Unanimous Choice Award for Best Independent Cabaret Artist by the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Veronique Chevalier


In addition to performing at Saturday night’s Airship Home Companion, Veronique will also be featured in our Steam After Dark programming track. She is a veteran presenter of her own series of 21st Century Vaudeville Shows (Veronique’s Red Velvet), as well as Club Chrononaut in San Diego, and has performed at Mr. Bodewell’s Cabaret, the Steampunk World’s Fair, and many other, as she would say, eSTEAMed gatherings and venues! Veronique is also executive producer of the “odditorally acclaimed” Polka Haunt Us: A Spook-tacular Compilation.


You can sample some of Mlle Chevalier’s fine talent on ReverbNation.

(Photo: David Zentz Photography & Post Production by Steam Angel Images)

Maker Guests of Honor: Neverwas Haul

Please join us in welcoming Nova Albion’s 2011 Maker Guests of Honor:

Major Catastrophe

and the

Crew of the Neverwas Haul!

photo: Michael Rauner

Join our esteemed guests for fascinating discussions on:
  • The design and build of the Neverwas Haul and Kristie’s Flyer, the only steam-powered vehicle.  Come listen to the engineers and crew discuss from inception to completion the details of creating the vehicles that have become legend!

    Kristie's Flyer

    [See the Flyer in action!]

  • The creation of steampunk designs from costuming to rayguns.  The crew of the Neverwas Haul includes not only engineers but clothing and prop designers who have created an extensive collection for use during explorations.  See their products displayed and talk to the designers for ideas on how to outfit your next expedition.
photo by Kimric Smythe

Steam Engine Demos


The crew will also give a Live Steam Presentation in the Outdoor Steam and Kinetics Area – come see some of the smaller steam-powered pieces built by the Neverwas Haul crew from parts not originally intended for this use!


* Please note: presentation topics have not been finalized and may change – please check back!

** You are invited to join the Major and the rest of the Neverwas Crew at the first meeting of the Hibernian Hellfire Club, off-site on Saturday night March 26th

Ay-leen the Peacemaker

Featured Presenter: Ay-leen the Peacemaker

Photo by Matt Laskowski

We have been following Ay-leen’s blog, Beyond Victoriana, for quite some time – with  the intelligent multicultural and specifically eastern-inspired bend of the discourse, we couldn’t resist bringing her in as a speaker for our Wild, Wild East theme in 2011.


Ay-leen’s Beyond Victoriana blog has covered a miriad of interesting topics, from “Africans in Ancient China” to “Asians in the Americas” and she has a good deal to say about Boilerplate, by our Artist Guests of Honor Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet! She has featured several guest bloggers on her site and speaks with authority, compassion and a spirit of exploration that we find admirable.


Ay-leen will be presenting at Nova Albion alongside Jaymee (Jha) Goh – check out Jaymee’s blog, Silver Goggles and her thoughts on The Golden Age of Islam on Beyond Victoriana.

While You’re at SteamCon…

We’re busily getting ready for March’s Steampunk Exhibition – but never fear! Nova Albion is being well represented in Seattle, and we even have a little something for you…


Find one of our vendors and ask how you can get a Nova Albion ribbon…

Studio Foglio (Girl Genius)
Blue Moon Designs (Brocade Pocket Belts)
House of Wormwood (Fantastical Hats)
Steam Smith (silver jewelry – “All Propellers Spin”!)
Holzer & Combe Haberdashery (Clothing for gentlemen and Ladies)
Xcentricities (Corsets)
B. Coole Designs (Patches, feather fascinators, etc)


Artists and Presenters! Our featured artist, James Ng and Industrial Fairytale‘s Sarah Dungan both have wonderful entries in the Art Show… and be sure to catch up with Cherie Priest, Gail Carriger, J. Daniel Sawyer, and many, many more wonderful folks while you’re there!


Tickets! We have kept Nova Albion Weekend Passes at $40 but we can’t do it for much longer – take advantage of the discounted rate before it goes up!!


Hope everyone has a blast ~ come back and tell us all about it!