Welcome to The Steampunk World’s Fair

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Jeff Mach‘s Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event!  All are welcome! We were just featured on The Syfy Channel’s Syfywire: 11 Unconventional Conventions You Have To Geek Out At, by Elizabeth Rayne. Up next: Steampunk Halloween In The Catskills! We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s event.  We’d love your feedback; please […]

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What is Steampunk? – Part I

Steam punk style. Three Steampunks in the midst of their peculiar business.

I get asked “What is Steampunk?” just about every day. Rather than just laying down our own opinions as supposed Experts, I like bringing the question to our friends and attendees. Here’s what some of them said, last time we asked. “Fun, being yourself and living in your own sci-fi world with a touch of […]

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The Steampunk Cookbook: Candied Lemon

It is, of course, a Steampunk lemon.

Here’s another recipe from our upcoming Steampunk Cookbook! Energy Source: Candied Lemon “You had me at ‘candied’.” -Professor Higglesworth This is one of our great secrets, and we’re only sharing it with you because we love you.  Also because we appreciate that you read our blog! Candied lemon: it’s cheaper than energy drinks, it’s healthier, […]

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Steampunk: The Perpetual Motion Machine

Peculiar Steampunk machine

“Perpetual motion is motion of bodies that continues indefinitely. A perpetual motion machine is a hypothetical machine that can do work indefinitely without an energy source. This kind of machine is impossible, as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics.” -Wikipedia I will admit that I am not a physicist; indeed, all […]

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Our Steampunk cookbook is in process!

Food, glorious Steampunk food!

Do you love food? Do you love Steampunk? You’re in the right place! Here’s one of the recipes from our upcoming Steampunk Cookbook! Tybaris: A brilliantly obscure ancient Roman recipe, loved by Victorians The Victorians shared so many things with the ancient Romans: A love of new technology, a desire to conquer the world, and […]

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How To Make An Excellent Steampunk Tea Party

baby guinea pig in a teacup.

It’s odd, but tea parties often work better informally or at home than at events. And this is, perhaps, because of our expectations for what happens at a convention or festival. We expect a Steampunk event to be magical–and rightly so; if it doesn’t create that sense of wonder, it’s wasted an opportunity.  Bringing multiple […]

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Five Ways Not To Steampunk Your Giant Cat

Tiger woman!

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God. ~Christopher Hitchens 5.  […]

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Avoiding Con Drop Like A Shark

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Jeff Mach at The Steampunk World’s Fair – taken by Babs Who Takes Pictures It happens to almost everyone: Con Drop. The term is widespread enough in fandom circles are a few variations on its definition, but the core remains the same. Con drop is the physical, mental, and emotional you feel when you get […]

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“Unplug that Particle Accelerator”

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A bit of Steampunk/scifi poetry for you! “Unplug That Particle Accelerator” Unplug that particle accelerator, boy I could pull the nether worlds out of your ear I could teleport your ass from here to Tau Ceti with the toe of my boot, ya ether-suckin’ punk. Listen here, kid Smoke the last ray of an age-dead […]

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Why Steampunks Wear Goggles

Steampunk glasses

Of all the questions I get about Steampunk costuming, the most frequently asked is perhaps “Why do Steampunks wear goggles?” This is particularly interesting because, of course, most Steampunks do not actually wear goggles. That is, they have goggles on their person…but the goggles are seldom on their faces. This is especially important because most […]

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Ten Terrible Ideas For Running Steampunk Events

There are three great struggles in literature: man versus man, man versus machine, amd man versus trying to figure out what the point of all these gears might be.

Now, as the people behind the world’s largest Steampunk event, we could give you a whole lot of suggestions and ideas about what to do if you want to run a great event. We thought we would take it from the opposite direction this time, though. So here are a bunch of utterly horrible ideas. […]

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Halloween Isn’t Quite Over

All I ask is a little Steampunk and a magnificent throne. And maybe a top hat and a tail coat. Oh, and let it be Halloween again, please.

Friends, we of The Steampunk World’s Fair believe that Halloween is eternal.  So before we move on to the winter, we thought we’d give you just a bit more on how All Hallow’s Eve and Steampunk intertwine.  This piece is brought to us by Professor Adam Smasher of the incredible Steampunk band “The Eternal Frontier“! […]

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If one must turn towards the holiday season…

Steampunk Scrooge!

…then one should, at least, turn to The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, the British chaps who put the “Punk” into Steampunk. Now, the goal here is something for both those who love the holidays, and those who hate them. Because I’m not making a value judgment here. If you love the […]

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The secret danger of Steampunk on Halloween

“Halloween: It combines the most perilous elements of bright moonlight, magic, and a massive sugar rush.” -Andy Warhol Many people dress up in Steampunk garb for Halloween.  It’s a favorite kind of costuming.  In fact, the term “Steampunk” gets some of the most searches on this particular day of the year. But many people are unaware […]

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How To Have A Steampunk Halloween

Alchemy and Steampunk

“Then the Dean repeated the mantra that has had such a marked effect on the progress of knowledge throughout the ages. “Why don’t we just mix up absolutely everything and see what happens?” he said. And Ridcully responded with the traditional response. “It’s got to be worth a try,” he said.”  ― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather Wear goggles.  […]

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Pumpkin-Spiced Halloween Steampunk

Sci Fi Retro Futuristic Steampunk Cosplay Woman Portrait

“Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”  ― H.P. […]

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Dr. Hyde’s bedtime story: A Halloween vignette

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Dedicated to Halloween In The Catskills “You claim that Hyde is a beast; but all men are both angel and animal. ” -Robert Lewis Stevenson, “The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” I promise: I am not the monster in your closet. I am not the horrible thing under your bed. I am […]

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What does The Steampunk World’s Fair look like?

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“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangibles, ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.” – Chuck […]

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The Steampunk Haunted House is nearly here!


It’s The Steampunk Haunted House! Why combine Steampunk and Halloween? This is the heart of it: some people love Halloween because they get to put masks on. But some of us love Halloween because we finally get to take our masks off. When we started doing Steampunk in the Catskills, and then Halloween in the […]

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Why would anyone do Steampunk?

Are there reasons NOT to do Steampunk?  Oh, HECK yes.  Let me give you some. First off, it’s ridiculous. An imaginary 19th century which never happened and which we explore in the 21st century? Why in the world would anyone want to do that? Relatedly, it doesn’t seem to make sense, when you think about […]

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