Steampunk Romance News

CoffeeTime_steampunk_bannerMy latest post at Coffee Time Romance’s steampunk site is about the Gibbs Sisters’ THE INVENTION OF E.J. WHITAKER, a steampunk comic with romantic elements that recently reached its Kickstarter goal! Yay!

Here’s more intriguing steampunk news:

Indiewire featured an article about SPARK, a TV script that piqued the interest of television network ABC, which subsequently ordered a pilot. The setting is being described as an “alternate steampunk reality.” Whoa! Not only that, the two leads have been cast, a woman and a man (and the choices will lend this project diversity as well).

Here’s a snippet:

British actors Antonia Thomas and Regé-Jean Page have landed the female and male lead roles in the ABC drama pilot “Spark,” which hails from writer Michael Cooney, and is described by the network as a “lavish” drama series of “passion, greed and hope,” set in an alternate Steampunk reality where gas and coal fuel the world.

At the center of the drama is the battle for power between two rival families, and the rebellious, smart young woman (played by Antonia Thomas) with a “spark” of invention (electricity) that could smooth out relations between both empires.

Regé-Jean will play the charismatic youngest son of the powerful Lavelle family (one of the rival empires), who are industrial natural gas titans with control of half the city, and who are constantly working to undermine the coal interests their opponent’s rule over.

This news immediately set the wheels turning in my head. Could this possibly mean we’ll get to have a steampunk show with a romance, or at least romantic elements? Because that would be amazing! I’ll keep my nose to the ground for future news about this project. Let’s all cross our fingers!

GirlGeniusOne caveat: While I greatly appreciate the possibility of having a steampunk TV show, I can’t help but note that SPARK’s premise has a slight similarity to GIRL GENIUS, whose female protagonist is known as a “Spark.” Hmmm.

I gotta wonder why ABC didn’t just option GIRL GENIUS, especially given its widespread popularity and Hugo-award winning status. Or maybe the rights weren’t available. Per this interview, screenwriter Felicia D. Henderson shared that (at the time) she was adapting GIRL GENIUS “for the big screen” back in 2010.

Really, what we need are both: steampunk on TV and steampunk in film, both stories centered around female protagonists. THERE IS ROOM FOR BOTH!!!!!!

Author: Heather Massey

Heather Massey searches for sci-fi romance adventures and writes about them at The Galaxy Express and Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly. Her SFR musings have appeared at a variety of other places including LoveLetter Magazine, Coffee Time Romance,, Heroes & Heartbreakers, and SF Signal. She’s also an author. Her stories will entertain you with fantastical settings, larger-than-life characters, timeless romance, and rollicking action. When Heather’s not reading or writing, she’s watching cult films and enjoying the company of her husband and daughter. For more information, visit @thgalaxyexpress and Heater blogs on the 30th of each month.

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