Syfy Plans ‘Warehouse 13′ Steampunk Spin-off

A new Steampunk slanted television series was recently announced that’s likely to be of interest to those already fans of SyFy’s Warehouse 13 series. In this spin-off series, the sister of the author H.G. Wells is actually a brilliant scientist and author who uses her brother as a front for acceptance of her research and writings in her Victorian world.

For those unfamiliar with the premise of the series, Warehouse 13 revolves around two US Secret Service Agents who are assigned to warehouse 13, which houses supernatural “artifacts”. They are tasked with retrieving missing Warehouse 13 artifacts and investigating reports of new ones artifacts.

The setting for the prequel takes place during the era of Warehouse 12 when it was located in Great Britain. Wells’ sister opts to remain a free agent despite Warehouse 12’s efforts to recruit her and uses her many talents to solve murders and other mysteries.

This could be interesting if done well. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of it!

Slightly Steampunk: Among the Spirits

If I were to tell you that there is a TV series in the works that is premised around the actual friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, you’d probably be very interested. Perhaps even more so when I informed you that this series, Among the Spirits, is a fictional account of how the two teamed up to solve murders in 1920s New York.

Sounds pretty intriguing all the way around, if you ask me. With Doyle responsible for the creation of one of Steampunk’s most beloved characters, Sherlock Holmes, and Houdini as quite possibly the greatest escape artist of all time, the series has the potiential to appeal to both Steam and Dieselpunks alike.

Unfortunately, though, the series is being produced by SyFy. The negotiations to acquire Among the Spirits was announced in a recent article on deadline.com. While the premise sounds absolutely fascinating, I’ve lost almost all faith in SyFy’s ability to produce anything actually worth watching. And the article talks about “Steampunk technology” in the 1920’s… I swear I just had a tirade about the Steampunk/Dieselpunk line just last week.

Your better bet, until Syfy proves me wrong, is to track down the self-published graphic novel Among the Spirits by writers Steve Valentine and Paul Chart. My search to find a means to purchase the graphic novel, however, have been largely fruitless. If anyone finds it, please let me know, and I’ll update accordingly.

If you can’t find Among the Spirits, try tracking down Nevermore, a novel by William Hjortsberg with an eerily similar premise.