Dieselpunk is characterized by, among other things, fanciful machinery and vehicles. Those gadgets must, however, originate in some place. Well, here it is: the archetypical dieselpunk engineering lab with, where you see Doctor Zarkov being busy with developing the repulsor device. (Those are used in cloudships in my novel The Ice War.)
Artist: Colton Dubell. Click on the picture for a much larger version.
This chap could be an adventurer in a Hongkongese action movie placed in the 1920s, a dapper Indiana Jones of the the Orient. Also, I could easily out him in my equally action-packed Ice War or Lemuria 1930s timelines. Unfortunately, I know little of Chinese script so I have no idea what the labeling says. The artist is also unknown.
Artist Mike Doscher has made several great-looking pieces of dieselpunk art.
Here is a jet-glider in a German Luftstreitkräfte livery from 1918. It would easily find its place in any of my three dieselpunk worlds: Alba (i.e. The Ice War), Lemuria and Patchwork World. Also, it would not have been inappropriate in the recent movie about Wonder Woman in World War One.
Click on the picture for a larger version. I’ll introduce a few more of Mike’s paintings here at future occasions.
Artist: Ruud de Korte. Click on picture for a larger version.
An ice-runner straight out of my dieselpunk alt-Antarctic novel The Ice War (link >>> ). A robust machine made by mechanics at some outlying mining settlement.
This battered desert vehicle will definitely make some sort of appearance in one of my dieselpunk stories in the alternative 1940s timeline of The Ice War (link >>> ). It could also appear in my campaign outlines — both Red Sand and New Era — in the Swedish space opera RPG Sci-Fi!
Artist: Brendan Baeza Stanicic at ArtStation. Click on the picture for a larger version.
In the spring, after delivering a sea-faring campaign book for the latest version of the Swedish fantasy RPG Drakar och Demoner, I made a nice schedule for fiction-writing in my spare time till the end of 2016: publishing Dusk and Dawn, starting the sequel to The Ice War, and making a few RPG articles for the Fenix magazine.
However, mundane life intervened and disrupted all planning: this autumn I have had to spend all available energy on my children’s schooling and on earning my paychecks while suspending the fiction projects. But there is at least one piece of silver lining on the involuntary writing hiatus: my buddy Carolina Gomez-Lagerlöf got time to read the completed MS of the Dusk and Dawn novella and she found a serious flaw in a major turn of events. Her verdict is justified, so I now will have to rewrite several chapters to improve the story’s pacing. However, being somewhat wiser than nine months ago, I won’t make a prediction about when it will be completed.
Illustrator Marc Scott has made a set of diesel-era adventurers at ArtStation. See them here — link >>>
The lady above could certainly be protagonist Adèle von Rosen in my Ice War / Republican Rebellion alternate timeline. I am outlining a story in which that warm and sturdy dress would fit perfectly. (Click on the picture for a larger version.)
A republican agent on a solo mission at the fringe of Alba’s Acheron crater, the main location for my alternate-history spy adventure The Ice War. (Click on the picture for a larger version.) Here is a picture of his adversaries — link >>>
Artist: Ling Yun on DeviantArt.
Daniel Lehto has reviewed my dieselretro spy adventure The Ice War on his Swedish blog Spelgalningarna. He likes it — link >>>