I am a great fan of the Studio Ghibli movies since many years and my particular favorite has always been Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds: great post-apocalyptic world, good plot and a fantastic protagonist. Here she is in a pseudo-realistic rendition. Click on the picture for a larger version. (And here is the soundtrack — link >>> )
Avril et le monde truqué is an animated steampunk movie based on the comics by Jacques Tardi. It portrays an alternate-history world in which technology has developed along a different steam-based track since the beginning of the 19th century. Protagonist Avril experiences a hectic Miyazaki-style adventure (e.g. with a talking cat) in places inspired by Jules Verne. That sounds like an appealing combination. Whether the movie will be shown in Swedish cinemas is still not clear, but I will certainly buy the DVD whenever it gets available.
Read more about Avril et le monde truqué here — link >>>
French inventor Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot built the first functioning steam wagons around 1770 (link >>> ). In 2010, a group of students at the Arts et Métiers ParisTech engineering university built a replica of one of Cugnot’s designs and put it to work with a reasonable success.
A horseless wagon must have been an impressive device in the late 18th century, but I guess that the poor quality of roads in those days prevented the widespread use of such a heavy vehicle. However, in a tarpunk or early-steampunk alternate history, improved versions of this wagon could possible become useful provided that the inventors developed broad low-pressure wheels for contemporary gravel roads.
I have loved books since childhood and therefore libraries have been sanctuaries to me. When I was a kid in the 1960s, my parents took my sisters and me once a week to the nearest public library, where I filled a big bag with fresh loans. My father assisted me in finding the books I wanted; in those days the filing systems were bulky card cabinets that were unwieldy for a short boy.
I just found a web page with photos from some of the most beautiful libraries in the world, unsurprisingly several from France, le pays des belles lettres. Look and rejoice — link >>>
Fais de ta vie un rêve, et d’un rêve, une réalité.
On n’est jamais content là où on est.
Pour exécuter de grandes choses, il faut vivre comme si l’on ne devait jamais mourir.