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Hosted by Library-Agent Bluestocking and broadcasting from deep within the Library, Steampunk Dollhouse is a podcast for deep-dives into steampunk literature and how it relates to colonialism and postcolonial societies, intersectional theory and the damage technology can do when we don't understand its potential.
||ExplicitSupplemental 7 - A Transnational Conversation with Helena Esser||Wherein universes collide, as they ALWAYS seem to do; steampunk is, for once, NOT defined; and Bluestocking learns that she is not yet ready for London primetime||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14 - 15 Feet of Gas-lit Snow||or, How a Spiritwalker and a Soldier Risked Their Souls - Karin Lowachee, The Gaslight Dogs||7/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnouncement 5 - Unusual Occurrences and Exciting Events||Wherein Bluestocking updates the listeners on the current state of the Library and asks for assistance in achieving a long-held dream.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCrossover 2 - A Conversation with Cindy Grigg & Storypunks||Wherein universes collide (once more), steampunk is (again, not really) defined, and Bluestocking learns that she is basically a muppet||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13 - Destination Perdido Street Station||or Why Punishing People with Extreme Plastic Surgery is Really *$%^ed Up with The Bas Lag series by China Mieville||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12 - Walk Like a Windup Egyptian||or How to Throw Sand in the Gears of Ordinary Steampunk with the anthology Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt, edited by Matthew Bright||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 - Disruption Junction, What’s Your Function||or Why Xenophobia Always Leads to a Bad End with S.E. Grove's The Mapmakers Trilogy||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10 - Riders on the Wall of Storms||or Why Sometimes It’s About the Silk, Not the Steam with Ken Liu's The Dandelion Dynasty Series||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCrossover 1 - A Conversation with Texas Steampunk Connection||Wherein universes collide, steampunk is (not really) defined, and tubas rend the air with a jaunty tune||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnouncement 4 - Life-Induced Transmission Hiatus||Wherein Bluestocking explains why she will need to put Ken Liu’s magnificent (and massive) tomes, and the show itself, on hold for a bit longer||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 - Mechanical Horse and a Willow Tree||or, How a Young, Jewish Woman Decided to Grab Destiny by the Horns with Emily Barton's The Book of Esther||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 6 - The King in Yellow: Repairer of Reputations - Part 1||Wherein we become acquainted with a man who is most certainly not a lunatic. He’s not. Honestly.||10/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 5 - Steampunk Survival Guide - Ch. 5||Wherein the steampunk survivalist becomes learned in the various and sundry pox and plagues that inevitably accompany the apocalypse||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 - Born a Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter||or How a Carnival Kid Brought Down an Empire with Rod Duncan’s Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire Series||10/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7 - Beyond the South Sea||or Why Decolonial Determination is Steampunk as S*&# with the anthology The Sea Is Ours, Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia, ed. Jaymee Goh & Joyce Chng||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnouncement 3 - Transmission Delay||Wherein Bluestocking decides to venture forth from the bunker and spend time with her family||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 4 - Steampunk Survival Guide Ch. 4||Wherein the steampunk survivalist is instructed on the best options for self-defense and home security.||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6 - The Chimney Sweeps are Revolting||or Why One Should Never Underestimate a Girl from the Drowning - A.J. Hartley, The Steeplejack Series||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 - Silence in the Library||or Why Burning, Banning, and Burying Are Not Effective Methods of Thought Control - Rachel Caine, The Great Library Series||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 3 - Steampunk Survival Guide Ch. 3||Wherein the steampunk survivalist learns how to scavenge and utilize the human detritus that has been left behind||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4 - We Want the Steamfunk||or Not All Steampunk is About Whitey Victoriana! - Nisi Shawl, Everfair||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnouncement 2 - Migraine-Induced Transmission Delay||Wherein Bluestocking tries to describe the indescribable nature of a migraine||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3 - Coin-Operated Boy||or How the Clockwork Slaves Found Their Names - Ian Tregillis, The Alchemy Wars Trilogy||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 2 - Steampunk Survival Guide - Ch. 2||Wherein the steampunk survivalist becomes learned in the best methods for the procurement, sanitization, and storage of delicious and life-maintaining water||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 - Doin’ it for Themselves||or Why the Capable Ladies of the Clockwork Century Don’t Need Your Mansplaining - Cherie Priest, The Clockwork Century Series||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnouncement 1 - Unavoidable Transmission Delay||Wherein Bluestocking offers abject apologies, deepest regrets, and piss-poor excuses for delaying this week’s episode||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 1 - Steampunk Survival Guide - Ch. 1||Wherein the steampunk survivalist becomes learned in optimal locations in which to build their shelters and what materials are best for shelter construction||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1 - Islands in the Time Streams||or How a Privileged White Edwardian Man Had His Eyes Opened Rather Forcefully - Michael Moorcock, Nomad of the Time Streams Series||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSupplemental 0 - Steampunk Survival Guide - Intro||Wherein the listener is introduced to the manner in which a steampunk might survive the inevitable apocalypse||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0 - Welcome to the Dollhouse||Everything has to begin somewhere, and for the Steampunk Dollhouse, this is that beginning. It’s not great, it’s probably not even good.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Steampunk for today
Blue Stocking is doing the necessary and important work for steampunk literature with Steampunk Dollhouse. Going beyond the gears and diving deep into themes of the works and, most crucially, showing how they relate to our day-to-day lives. While relishing in the veneer of fanciful escapism, she never forgets the substance and steampunk’s unique ability to make us confront the past while looking at our future. What’s more, this is all done while being funny, relatable and honest.
Educational and Entertaining - Well Done
I subscribed to this podcast since before the first episode was posted, and I am glad that I have. I admit that I have not had much patience with literary podcasts in the past, however this one has been an exception. Bluestocking has never failed to deliver a well-thought-out examination of Steampunk literature. Her insights and perspectives are well articulated and in-depth. These episodes have been enjoyable introductions to new works as well as a fresh perspectives on works already sampled. I do not mind the schedule being inconsistent, as at times I almost prefer a sporadic schedule. As my busy schedule makes reading time a premium, keeping up with a regular schedule that is more frequent would be a challenge. Thus I prefer the quality that Bluestocking provides, for to focus on quantity or a regimented schedule would likely compromise the quality. Rarely is a podcast educational as well as entertaining, yet our host pulls it off quite nicely. This is highly recommended. Cheers, - Tcsgrv Tim
Bluestocking Delivers! Truly Dynamic and Intriguing.
I began listening to this podcast a day or two ago, and I can’t get enough of it! Bluestocking is an inviting host and she’s put a ton of work into her analysis of steampunk stories.
I also enjoy how she shares steampunk-relevant music.