Steampunk has lots of fiction to read. It did start as a literary movement after all, that morphed into a DIY subculture. Dieselpunk, however, rose from numerous sources - films like Sky Captain, The Rocketeer, etc., the swing revival of the 1990s, and a few other things. Yes, I'm generalizing. Let's not start an argument. But one thing I have not seen much of is Dieselpunk fiction.
I see a few people here on the forums saying they are beginning to write some DP fiction. I wanna see it, and I think these stories should be available in one place. I would like to start a 'zine that is reminiscent of the pulp magazines of the era, filled with new stories, whether standalone or serialized.
I want to make a test issue, to see if this could be do-able on a regular basis. So I am going to need some help.
Stories: I think the first issue should have 2-3 short stories of about 6-10 pages, and one longer piece that is 20 or so pages long, that could either stand by itself or be the start of a serialized piece. I will contribute one story myself.
Stories should evoke the Dieselpunk era, so please keep it between the wars, but feel free to use the sci-fi tech. In other words, no Mad Max or other futuristic XP settings. If this thing takes off, there will be themes issues, and I'll be happy to include those kinds of stories in the approprite issues.
Artwork: This thing is gonna need a cover. I'm thinking it should be more like the cover of a pulp magazine and less deco-inspired. There should also be a pinup somewhere in the middle. I'm undecided whether or not there should be more, like a comics page or something. What do you guys think?
Rules: If we wanna get this off the ground, I'd rather not run into any legal problems, so please don't use copywrited characters in your stories. No Shadow, Rocketeer, Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade. The gumshoe archetype is pretty well-defined, so really, just slapping a different name on the character is probably sufficient. Hell, Chandler did that.
Does this sound like a good idea?
If you want in, you can email me submissions at email@example.com