The Steam Wars is a steampunk themed blog. Posts will be about all sorts of fantasy and science fiction related issues, be they tropes, books I read and find compelling, movies or tv shows which portray fantasy or science fiction, categorical issues about fantasy or science fiction, or any other related issue I come across. However, Steampunk and Cyberpunk are my main interest, with respect to these genres, so my focus will lie there. However, the main purpose of this blog is to archive a web version of the book series I have recently begun. The book details the life of nobleman Jerome Bigsby, his exile and his struggles to regain his place in society without destroying the meaning of the society in the process. The first book is titled At The Edge of the Sky, and I hope to have it completed by this time next year. I will be posting chapters one scene at a time, as the scenes reach my first strong draft.
Finally, this blog is about linguistics and the underlying philosophy behind Linguistics. One of the strong motivations for the world of the Steam Wars is a language I have been constructing for some time. Linguistics strongly interests me, and I feel it is a natural draw to fantasy, if not science-fiction as well. Look at Tolkein, for example! Fantasy is all about asking ‘what if’. What if there were aliens on Mars, and they invaded? What if dragons were real? What if the world were simply a simulation in our heads, the real world having been devastated by a war with computers? And linguistics is often about the same question. Along this vein of thought, there will be posts about general linguistics, investigations of specific languages, and often, the posts will tie into my own constructed language, explaining how it deals with the function in question.
In a sense, this blog has two purposes. One is an intellectual process, the understanding and the utilizing of rules, both in Fantasy/Science-Fiction and in Linguistics. The other is a creative process, which relies on these rules to keep it in check, but actually creates the material which is to follow these rules. Without either of these parts, creating a language, or building a world and writing a book would be wholly impossible.
In both, I am greatly indebted to my teachers:
In chronological order,
To Mrs. Brown, who first revealed the concept of Science-Fiction to me with her 1st grade project centered around Star Wars.
To Dr. Corliss, who left no sacrifice unmade for her student’s imaginative and fantastical faculties.
To my Latin teachers, who have inspired a love for language in me.
To Joey Sabbagh, one of the best professors I have ever had, and quite possible the reason I have chosen to major in Linguistics. He taught me that syntax isn’t a series of rules, it’s a process (and in his honor, I use a number of his typical example sentences).
To Matt Pearson, who has given me so much knowledge about the different functions and types of languages, and thusly has made my language creation process a realistic one.
To Svitlana, who taught me so much about quantifiers that I fear I must have lost some other crucial knowledge, due to space considerations.
And to all of my math teachers, and a number of others, without whom I would not have developed the natural logic faculty I have today.