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Review: Tai Chi Zero

Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 26, 2012

A future less dour

Neal Stephenson's novels have been called everything from science fiction to postcyberpunk.
Looking Ahead
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012

Photos: A tour of the steampunk works of ModVic founder Bruce Rosenbaum

"We love antiques, we love salvage," he says. "[But] we didn't want pieces just to sit there and look pretty like in a museum. We wanted them to do something, we wanted them to be relevant, functional."
Head full of steampunk
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  March 23, 2012

Bruce Rosenbaum: steampunk interior design’s unlikely leader

There's a porthole on Bruce Rosenbaum's toaster.
Full steam ahead
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 23, 2012

Photos: International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum

Steampunk enthusiasts gather at the kick-off to the International Steampunk City Festival at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, on May 6-8, 2011.
Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation | May 6-8, 2011
By RYAN MCMAHON  |  May 13, 2011

The goggles-and-corset crowd invades the watch city

Broken clocks are getting hard to find in this part of the country. At least that's what a Santa Claus archetype who introduced himself as Professor William Whatley told me, shortly after the clouds exploded.
Steam power
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 13, 2011

photos of steampunk convention

Photos: Steampunk Industrial Revolution Convention

Photos from the Steampunk Convention in Nashua, NH
 A collective urge to glorify the past was, for a change, used for good instead of evil.
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 01, 2011

Steampunk's not dead

Two hours after listening to a talking ape named Rupert Cornelius swat down inane inquiries from a panel of probable drama-club alumni, I watched a guy shove a needle through his face.
In which our hero attends a convention
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 01, 2011

Mission to marzipan

Marzipan qua marzipan — popular in Western Europe, Germany, and the Middle East — can be found stateside behind the counters of Italian bakeries. Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End sells 12 different kinds throughout the year and over a hundred pieces
Fucking food trends: How do they work?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 26, 2011
Steampunk hits home

Steampunk hits home

Credit: STEAMPUNKWORKSHOP.COM It's enough to make time travel look possible: a modern Nokia outfitted with antique typewriter keys, a Victorian pipe organ turned computer desk,...
By Cheryl Fenton  |  March 21, 2011

Review: Deluxe Station Diner

Despite breakfast all day, comfort food, the over-abundant choices of a deli menu, and the Jules Verne decorative contraptions of artist Mark Fisher — the most remarkable items at Deluxe Station Diner are things to drink.
The spread is homey, and the décor is steampunky — but the drinks are where it’s at
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 25, 2011

The Week in Geek! 2.14.11 - 2.18.11

The Week in Geek! 2.14.11 - 2.18.11

 The Week in Geek 02.14 - 02.18: [Valentine's Day week if you haven't been outside in like 1500 years]Hark ye geeks, and discover Laser Orgy's...
By Alec Ernest  |  February 14, 2011

Interview with the BDSM vampire: Lord Ramirez's guide to life

We know from TV and movies that vampires have more aphrodisiacal allure than almost any other type of magical creature. So, to sex up the Phoenix 's Valentine's issue, I decided to ask a vampire a bunch of questions.
Evil love
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 11, 2011

Make It So: 7 of the geekiest sex toys ever made (NSFW)

It's a common misconception that nerds don't have sex. On the contrary. Nerds have more sex, and weirder sex, than you're having.
To boldly go
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  February 11, 2011

Corsets, goggles, and game geeks in Warwick

Are you an aspiring warlord, dragon slayer or munchkin? Do you find Queen Victoria strangely sexy? Well TempleCon 2011 might be right up your alley.
Role playing
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 28, 2011

Photos: Arisia 2011

Sci-fi and fantasy fans attend Arisia 2011 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel at January 14-17, 2011.
Arisia 2011 | Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel | January 14-17, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 21, 2011

Arisia 2011: Bigger, better, and building up to Boskone

Arisia 2011: Bigger, better, and building up to Boskone

Art: SHAENON GARRITY This past weekend, Arisia returned for its 22nd annual year. It's a sci-fi and fantasy convention that happens in Boston every year,...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 20, 2011

Review: Steampunk at the Players' Ring

Since they began gaining mass popularity in the '80s, the antique copper laser-guns, cog-studded corsets and alternate electronic empires of the steampunk genre have been buzzing the cultural circuitry ever more.
Metallic myths
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 01, 2010

Steampunk and Lima Beans

The hook for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society — who come to the Regattabar Thursday the 25th — is that they're a "steampunk big band."
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and the Bert Seager Trio
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2010

Photos: Arisia 2010

The 21st annual installment of sci-fi convention Arisia
Arisia 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, January 15-18, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 22, 2010
A Sonic Screwdriver Stocking Stuffer: The Doctor Who Christmas Specials

A Sonic Screwdriver Stocking Stuffer: The Doctor Who Christmas Specials

Forget sleigh bells, gift wrap, and tinsel -- Christmas is really about Daleks, Sontarans, and Cybermen. (Who were mostly tinsel themselves back in the old...
By Dave Barker  |  December 23, 2009

PODCAST: Cory Doctorow talks Makers, 3-D printers, and Disney at Harvard Book Store [MP3]

PODCAST: Cory Doctorow talks Makers, 3-D printers, and Disney at Harvard Book Store [MP3]

Cory Doctorow opens his mouth, and nerdgasms fall out: at any given moment, he's liable to be spouting off about feral robot dogs, space domes...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 18, 2009

Quick Link: Things Librarians Fancy

Travis of 100 Scope Notes investigates librarian quirks in this charming list of "Things Librarians Fancy" -- and yes, he admits the idea is kinda-sorta inspired...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 22, 2009

A clockwork hoedown

By the time I arrive at the Steampunk Historical Dance, I've been at sci-fi convention Arisia for nearly 12 hours.
The Steampunk Historical Dance
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 27, 2009

Steam dream

The All-in-One Victorian PC is the perfect little black dress of computer modifications.
Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 14, 2008