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Exhibition Hall 1

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Published by: Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Garcia on Sep 06, 2009
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exhibition hall one 
 
exhibition hall issue one 
Christopher J Garcia- Editor * James Bacon- London Bureau ChiefAriane Wolfe- Fashion Editor * Rina Weisman- Copy EditingPosted by Bill Burns to eFanzines.com Sept. 1st, 2009Comment/Content to: Journeyplanet@gmail.com
 
Well, it’s nally here. Therst ofcial issue of Exhibition Hall.I’ve been looking and I ain’t founda single other SteamPunk Fanzine.Maybe we’re behind the times, as oddas that would seem being in the Retro-Futurism business, because everyoneelse has gone off and is putting togetherPodcasts and websites and interestgroups and esty slots and so on. If thiswere a completely paper fanzine, we’dbe ever so retro…Which brings me to what thisissue contains. I was lucky enoughto catch the team that gives us TheClockwork Cabaret, a ne Steampunk-themed radio show and podcast outof North Carolina. Mike Perschon, thestar of the 2008 Sunnyvale SteampunkConvention Steam-Powered, droppedus a fantastic article. Our fashion editorArianne Wolfe has her rst fashionarticle, I sink my teeth into Jay Lake’sMainspring, and James Bacon has somene work as our London Bureau Chief.We’re off to a rolling start!WorldCon in Montreal saw merelease a teaser issue. As always, poorlyproof-read and hastily edited together,but hey, it means there’s nowhere togo but up, and with Rina Weismannagreeing to take a look at the mess thatis my writing, it can only get better! I dida panel on the Teen Programming trackabout Steampunk with Ann VanderMeer and a couple of others. Ann wonthe Hugo for Best Semi-Prozine forWeird Tales, which is a big get becausethat means she beat out Locus, whichwins 9 years out of 10. I enjoyed thepanel, but it showed something strange:that the young folks seem to think thatSteampunk is solely a movement of artand fashion.Now, this it not a really bad thing,and when I mentioned the books of theLA Dream Team of Powers, Blaylockand Jeter I got looks of unrecognition,but it does suggest that something likeExhibition Hall is needed. We talkedabout Steampunk music, and there werequite a few glazed eyes. On the otherhand, the kids all knew Jake Von Slatt andDatamancer, so go gure. TO me, art andfashion is very important to include, andI’m so happy to have Arianne writing herfashion section, and the artists that I’vefound have all been great, but one thingthat really important to me is to talk aboutthe writing. Looking to future issues, I’mglad to say that we’ll be looking at theliterature of Steampunk, which is whyevery issue will have at least one issue,and at least one interview, with the rstfew revolving around musicians like Mr.B Gentleman Rhymer, the Men Who WillNot Be Blamed for Nothing and more.We’re dedicated to the whole gamut ofSteampunk stuff! That’s our goal. I’mexcited.This issue is dedicated to one ofmy true heroes: Charles Babbage. That’sa piece of the Babbage Engine they builtat the Science Museum in London. Theteam that built it was led by my formercurator Doron Swade. The ComputerHistory Museum has a Difference Engineuntil December, so if you’re aroundMountain View, CA, stop on by beforeit’s too late!Yeah, Babbage failed to actuallybuild a computer, but at least he spent alot of government money!So, let’s get going! Exhibition Hallissue 1 is go!
 
Ar�sts who appear in this issue- Cover- LenZ (hp://pagan-live-style.deviantart.com/), Page One and Page Eight form the Science Museum,London’s Making the Modern World exhibi�, Mainspring cover by StephenMar�nerre, Page 3 by Laura Crites (angelfeather@hotmail.co.uk, crashingwave.deviantart.com/gallery/), Page 4 & 5 courtesy The ClockworkCabaret, Page 6 by Pzule, Page 9 by Asok Yeesrim, Page 10 by Meg Lyman(meglyman.deviantart.com/gallery/), Page 11 by Duane R. Stevens, Page 12by Mike Pecci, Page 18 photos from Lloyd Penney,
 
 Review Reprinted from Matt Appleton’s Some Fantastic Issue 12- Summer 2007 
The Plot: it’s a wonderful thing, and I’velearned to love it in all it’s glory. When cavemen sataround res, they spoke of adventures in the simplestterms, re-enacting the brave deeds through plots toldover and over again.The Character: how I hate you, brazen hussyof the literary world; invented by later cavemen who
 mainspring by jay lake 
wanted play the role and beexalted for glory. Feh! I spit onyou! The Setting:beautiful, sweet, kind-hearted,and often pushed to the backin favor of both of its scene-stealing cousins. Provider ofcontext, shaper of vision, it is thefoundation on which the houseof Plot and the ramshackle shedof Character are built upon.Jay Lake’s Mainspringis the story of a youngclockmaker’s apprentice,Hethor, who is sent on a journeyby the archangel Gabriel. Thatis the plot boiled down tosyrup. Along the way, Hethordeals with brilliant librarians,questionable magicians, wingedsavages, little furry people,the British Navy, and variousothers. These characters aregiven various amounts of timeto develop into varying degreesof completeness, with Hethor,in true Joseph Campbell (pew! I spit on that name!)fashion, acting outthe hero on his quest. But thenthere’s the Universe. The setting of Mainspring is thestar whose role is far beyond what any character orplot could possible play. The universe is an orrery intrue-life scale. Each planet and each piece of the solarsystem is on a brass railaround the sun. The Earth is both the planet we knowtoday and a giant clock, the most accurate ever built.The setting provides the story; that most accurate ofall clocks is now winding down and must be rewound.Hethor has been set to the task and a chance meetingwith quite possibly the most seductively brilliantlibrarian of all-time sets him in with something of asecret society that aids him on his journey.The rst half of the book is almost all plot andsetting, and it ismarvelous. Hethor journeys and weare introduced to a history of the world that is bothfamiliar and disquietingly different. The year is 1900,but America is still under Colonial rule. There areelectric cars and lights, but much of the world is stillgear, cog and wheel-based. Everything that happensto Hethor gives us a slightly better view of the worldthat was built, the history that has passed on thismechanical Earth, and the religion that has grownthere. The rst half of the book gives us secret society,magic, an appearance at Court,airships, strange creatures,ghting and more, all driven byplot and setting.Then the book hits awall. Literally.The second half starts withHethor and the Royal Navyarriving at the Equatorial Wall,a wall hundreds of miles high.Here, we follow Hethor’s journey up and over the Wall toa new world that few if anyonefrom the Northern side hasever experienced. It is a muchdifferent world, one people byvery different tribes, where theBritish hold no sway and thereis danger around every corner.Here, we see Hethor take onmany new roles and discoverhis own power, his faith, andlove.In other words, it’s whereall the character happens.While I loved Hethor’sexploits, I was never a fan of him. Yes, I wanted him toescape his latest momentary peril, but I also hated hisway of thinking. Every chance he had to make a choicethat could make it easier or harder for him, he wouldchoose the harder. The interactions between Hethorand the people of the Southern Earth were good, butthe moments of plot-lled goodness were fewer.In many ways,
 Mainspring
is Voltaire’s
Candide
if Tim Powers had written it. I made that joke to
 
myselfaround page 80 and just kept nding little
 
pieces thatsupported it. Lake put Hethor in grave
 
situations andeven when he makes it out of it safe
 
and sound, he losessomething in the big picture.
 
Much like Powers withhis characters, Lake seems
 
to take great pleasure intorturing poor Hethor. He gives pieces and takes awaygiant chunks throughout
 
the book. It’s fun reading, noquestion, but at
 
times I just wanted Hethor to have a
by christopher j garcia

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