In Article, Portugal on November 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm
On the last weekend of September, the Portuguese contribution to the European Steampunk convention was held in Porto. Though it was the country’s first major steampunk event, a concept unknown to the general public in Portugal, there were still about 150 visitors between both days.
The Clockwork Portugal team has been working towards this event since February with the purpose of uniting all the small communities and draw attention to a genre that internationally has been ground or motto for a lot of activities and prized works. Imbued with a punk spirit, active and idealistic, without any institutional backup or logistic support, we slowly built from scratch a dynamic community to be the main platform to divulge steampunk and launch the Euro Steam Con (ESC) in Portugal. Meanwhile and with all this in mind, we created a website where we publish reviews of steampunk books, share related news and crowdfunding projects, interview creators and organize giveaways. We also created the “Diários Steampunk”, a webseries where we talk about steampunk related themes (p.e. the steam technology) or specific works as for example the book The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. As the project grew, some publishers gave occasional support providing copies of steampunk inspired books for giveaways on our site (p.e. Presença, Saída de Emergência). Vogais publishing house provided the Leviathan trilogy books for our Steampunk Basket raffled during the convention. Read the rest of this entry »
In Ilustration, Portugal on May 3, 2012 at 9:55 am
In our fist illustration post you could see the Lisbon 25th of April Bridge in the year 2220 (by German illustrator Hauke Vagt).
How awesome do you thought it was?
Pretty awesome I bet!
Here are the various “stages” of Hauke’s work:
You can click on the image and zoom in to better see the details.
Hauke Vagt sites:
In Ilustration, Portugal on April 30, 2012 at 11:27 am
The International Speculative Fiction isn’t made only of words!
I could not resist to show every one of you the magnificent illustration made by my friend Hauke Vagt (German Illustrator) to the presentation of Dagon (a Portuguese fanzine that I edit).
Do you want to know what the most amazing thing about this illustration is? It is actually Lisbon, in the year 2220. The bridge that you see is the Portuguese 25th of April Bridge when you look up from Alcântara (parish of Lisbon). The level of detail of the illustration is just astonishing, you can actually see, if you zoom in, the number of the flying vehicle (a Portuguese famous ”Eléctrico”).
In that future Lisbon vending machines they are selling copies of “Dagon” and “Conto Fantástico” (the two magazines/fanzines that I created and edit).
What do you think of the illustration?
In Article, Portugal on April 30, 2012 at 10:48 am
Science Fiction in Portugal
The Drawing up of a Territory
Teresa Sousa de Almeida
(Translated by David Prescott)
In memory of José Diogo Nazareth Sousa de Almeida, (1924-1997)
(originally published here)
This work intends to present the outlines of science fiction and of a certain fantastic literature related to it, having a reference in the national space in which it has been produced (Portugal). Although it contains a sort of introduction, it is mainly focused upon the production of the eighties and nineties, in which there has been a slight defining of a new paradigm. It does not aim at drawing up a history, but at simply defining some guidelines for reading. This is not a question of going from world SF in order to refer to its reflections; on the contrary, the aim was that of reading the greatest number of texts possible in order to present some questions which seemed essential. It is a carefully studied journey based on the critical reading of dozens of books, on a study of some of their authors, and on the probably subjective choice of some individual cases.
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ISF – ARTICLE – TERESA SOUSA DE ALMEIDA
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