Steampunk and the Academy; or it really is a clockwork universe, my dear Victorianists

Every year, just before my fall term starts here in Wisconsin, I, your intrepid JVC Online editor,  make a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to attend and participate in one of the largest fan-run science-fiction and fantasy conventions, Dragon*Con. I go to Dragon*Con every year to indulge in the geekiest part of myself, along with 40,000 fans, dealers, exhibitors, artists, guests, and volunteers from all over the world. For four days, we all pack into 3,500 hours of panels, workshops, contests,

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