COMMUNITY THREAD

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16 thoughts on “COMMUNITY THREAD

  1. Rebecca Scott

    I would like to start by recommending a steampunk webcomic that I’ve found very interesting to read. It’s called “The Glass Scientists”; a weekly-updated webcomic about mad science and learning to deal with monsters both within and without.

    The writer and artist is Sabrina Cotugno, a well-known storyboard artist for Disney’s hit TV series “Gravity Falls” and “Star vs the Forces of Evil”. She has worked at Pixar Studios and has created a number of short films on her own.

    The webcomic focuses on the Society for Arcane Sciences; a Victorian-era club for mad scientists trying to avoid discrimination from the VERY superstitious and conservative London public. The Society is run by a man who wants to improve the reputation of all scientific things considered “freakish” or “bizarre”.

    This man is a respectable gentleman and a popular socialite. He has total confidence he will succeed, so long as no one discovers his one dirty little secret, a secret that would ruin him and his dreams of being a proper scientist if it ever got out.

    His name is Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his “secret” is his troublesome alter-ego Edward Hyde.

    “The Glass Scientists” is part of the “gaslamp fantasy” sub-genre of steampunk that incorporates more magical elements into its narrative. I’d say the comic is on the “soft science” end of the sci-fi spectrum, but still addresses real Victorian areas of study (especially the outlandish ones).

    You do not need to have read the original novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson in order to jump right into the webcomic, but certain popular characters of other Victorian sci-fi novels (within the public domain) also make their appearance!

    Check it out if you’re interested!
    Link to the website here: http://www.theglassscientists.com

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    1. Thanks so much for introducing us to 80 Days, Lorenzo! I was planning to mention the app during one of our Verne classes, but I’m delighted to discover that at least one of us is already playing.

      If you’ve played 80 Days in the past, or are playing now as you read — what do you think of it so far? Which elements of Verne’s narrative does it preserve, and which aspects might it need to adapt or change in order to function as a game? Has anything about the game surprised you?

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  2. Jane Wishart

    OKAY, I have some beef with the fact that Passpartout’s pocket watch doesn’t play a larger role in the ending of the novel. I was really expecting his stubbornness about not changing his watch according to timezones would somehow result in more efficient timekeeping. I was imagining something along the lines of Fogg returning just past the scheduled time to make his bet, and all seems lost until Passpartout comes through and shows how the clock at the club was fast.
    The watch seemed like total foreshadowing! Did anyone else get this impression?

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    1. Barbara Baker

      I thought that the significance of not changing his watch foreshadowed the misunderstanding regarding the date that results in Fogg still succeeding in his journey. In the explanation of Fogg’s miscalculation it says, “And this is what Passepartout’s famous watch, which was still set on London time, would have told him iff it had shown the days as well as the minutes and hours” (228-9). In Passepartout’s stubborn ignorance he would’ve actually been correct!

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  3. Rebecca Scott

    I’d like to recommend “Murdoch Mysteries”, a Canadian murder mystery TV series I have a soft spot for. It takes place in 1895 Toronto, following William Murdoch, a police detective who uses innovative (and sometimes anachronistic) methods of analyzing crime scenes for the era.

    It’s pretty light on the “punk” aspect of steampunk, but it does cover aspects like women’s rights, Chinese immigrants, the gay community (even having a recurring character of a female bisexual doctor), religious persecution, autism, black liberation, and the changing political climate at the turn of the century.

    It’s on the CBC website if you’re interested, with about 10 seasons of content to look through (it’s pretty episodic, I can watch them out of order with little confusion).

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