SPECIAL ÆTHERSYNDICATION: The Geek Wolfpack Podcast and the Nerd Out App Kickstarter

Greetings, Faithful Patrons and Ministry Agents! We at the Archives are preparing for our final season (and yes we are using the term “final” rather liberally…) of Tales from the Archives, but we wanted to share with you this episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, featuring Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Verena Vorstaz!

Oh I say! Today, the Ministry celebrates a very special birthday! Verena Vorstaz (also known as V for Cosplay) surprised our journalists with a series of photographs and moving picture clips of an uncanny Eliza D Braun cosplay. Verena is a talented cosplayer, runway model, Continue Reading

4 Things GSN’s Steampunk’d Got Right

Today is a very special ÆtherFeature as our journalist, Tee Morris, is taking the helm and sharing his thoughts on a new offering in steampunk. Enjoy this spoiler-free review of Steampunk’d, the competition pitting teams of creative steampunks against each other’s imaginations… This morning, my Continue Reading

Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the Second

From Rotorua, our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, traveled to the South Island of New Zealand. It is here just a few hours south of Christchurch, that steampunk has taken a hold of a town; and in turn, a town has embraced steampunk Continue Reading

Æther Feature – Steampunk in New Zealand, Part the First

Our journalists spent two weeks last month back in New Zealand, and the steampunk they found there was wonderful. So the next few Æther Features will be spotlighting the steampunk scene in New Zealand. Our journalists were, along with Gail Carriger, Guests of Honour at Continue Reading

Steampunk Book Trailer — The Diamond Conspiracy: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

After an extremely cold night in Virginia’s capital city and weeks of production, Imagine That! Studios and Ace Books present the official book trailer for The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth volume in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series from Ace Books, written by Pip Ballantine & Continue Reading

Report on S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

Back on September 13th, the Ministry had the joy of hosting a steampunk tea at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Our journalists Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris were joined by Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and one of the authors Continue Reading

Æther Feature: How Amelia Chain Brings the Punk

These features as a way for the Ministry to highlight artists, musicians, writers, and makers of all variety. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour Continue Reading

S4: Steampunk Saturday at Shaharazade’s in Shepherdstown

Our journalists are hosting a steampunk tea in charming Shepherdstown, WV, and they’d love you to attend! Tiffany Trent, author of the Unnaturalists, and a Ministry Initiative contributer will be joining Tee and Pip at Shaharazade’s Restaurant & Tea Room, 141 W German St, Shepherdstown, Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

Our favourite mad science consultant for the Ministry, Nikola Tesla, celebrates a birthday today. We came across this picture in the Archives, circa 1894-95, where we see Nikola on his travels across America, enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the beach.   Wait. Hold on a Continue Reading

Æther Feature: Still Think Steampunk is Dead? You Must Not Be Watching Penny Dreadful.

Showtime, back in May, offered up a free preview—the first episode—of a new series featuring Josh Harnett, Eva Green, and Timothy Dalton. The show was advertised as gothic horror; but amidst the breathtaking fashions, the epic sets, and its beautiful design, steampunk makes its presence Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume III: A Special Preview of Dawn’s Early Light

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives, Volume Three — The Promo

More exciting stories of adventure, mystery, and derring-do are currently in production; but with a handful of podcasts ready and waiting, the Ministry will begin the third season of the award-winning steampunk anthology, Tales from the Archives, on 25 February 2014. To celebrate the occasion, we Continue Reading

Tales from the Archives: A 2013 Hanukkah Special

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has many forgotten stories in its Archives. Stories of madcap adventures in all corners of the Empire, dark doings in hidden places, and mysterious devices and artifacts that the everyday citizen should never become aware of for fear it would Continue Reading

Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Award

  The winners were announced, and the Ministry was absolutely chuffed to find out that the Janus Affair has won the fiction category! It was an honour to be in company of such people as John C White, Ben Hamby, and Major Jack Union. Other Continue Reading

A Tribute to BioShock Infinite: Quantum Physicist Rosalind Lutece

As you all know, our journalists are enjoying the experience that is BioShock: Infinite. So it shouldn’t surprise you at all that a cosplay has captured their eye today… No, this is not a painting nor is it a screen capture, but cosplayer LaynesLionRedCat from Russia, Continue Reading

BioShock Infinite: A Steampunk’s Perspective

We are pleased at the Ministry to invite one of our journalists to discuss about a new æthergame which is all the rage currently, so with any further fanfare, please indulge Tee Morris as he gives his own personal account of BioShock Infinite. To use Continue Reading

For Your Consideration: The Janus Affair for SPC’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

Our journalists get quite tickled when the steampunk community gives the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences a nod. They still take a great deal of pride in both the 2011 Airship Award and their 2012 Parsec wins. This year, the Ministry is in the spotlight on The Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Jules Verne!

Today marks the birthday of imaginative mind and part-time consultant for the Ministry, author Jules Verne. Yes, I am sure, good citizens, you find Verne’s works reflecting the Empire and Her Majesty (God save the Queen!) in a rather nasty light; but I do wonder Continue Reading

A Daguerreotype Message of Frightful Importance to Jim C. Hines

Sunday was quite the day for our intrepid journalists, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Not only were they hosting the lovely (and exotically Asian) P.J. Schnyder and enjoying cake pop madness over the weekend, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences was alerted of a mention of Continue Reading