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Daniel Harper


  1. ross h
    September 12, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

    Probably a bit tangential but I thought you might like this quote from Michael Moorcock, where he simultaneously takes credit for inventing Steampunk and slags it off:

    “MM… In [1971 novel] The Warlord of the Air, for instance, I invented this specific form to do a specific job. And then 10 years later, 20 years later, I’m suddenly dragged into the steampunk movement, as a steampunk writer, which I wasn’t. And again, it’s disappointing to me, because very little steampunk that I’ve read actually does what I was trying to do with Warlord of the Air, which was, I was basically looking at, if you like, a Fabian view of Colonialism. It was an idea of Benign Colonialism, which I didn’t believe in. And I was trying to explore that.

    (interviewer): Yeah. Whereas a lot of the steampunk doesn’t have that intellectual content, it just uses the period imagery.

    MM: Yes, that’s right, and they think, “oh great, big airships! Wow!” You’re a bit suspicious of people who like too many big airships. You think, maybe you should be writing porn, you know!”

    Source here: http://thequietus.com/articles/05325-michael-moorcock-interview-dr-who-the-coming-of-the-terraphiles


  2. David H
    September 12, 2016 @ 6:29 pm

    This is a phenomenal conversation which inspired me to go and re-watch Ghost Light last night, which I did and got more out of it than ever. Thanks so much!


  3. Jane
    September 13, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

    I’m only 40 minutes in (had to finish Shabcast 24 first) and omg this one is so much fun!


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