Glorious Gasoline Ads from the Dieselpunk Days

We love these gorgeous old gasoline ads from the era when cars were cutting edge and building a lot of suburban developments connected by vast highways seemed like a super futuristic move. Ah, the early days of the automobile never looked sunnier. » 2/19/14 5:00pm 2/19/14 5:00pm

This dieselpunk life pod kept Winston Churchill from dying mid-flight

By 1947, Winston Churchill was 73 years old, overweight, a profuse smoker, and had already suffered two heart attacks, less than ideal health conditions for a man who flew all over the world. So to keep Churchill in the air and among the living, a pressurized pod was designed for Churchill's personal plane. » 1/29/12 3:00pm 1/29/12 3:00pm

The spasmodic robot street performer of a Berlin flea market

At the Mauerpark flea market in Berlin, you can watch the stuttering routine of a very unique street performer — a robot who sits on a shopping cart and is overcome by the power of interpretative dance. I'm not sure who created this bot, but there are many videos of it online. Any Berliners out there familiar with… » 9/18/11 10:45am 9/18/11 10:45am

Synthpop legend Thomas Dolby takes us to a dieselpunk dystopia for his…

After becoming famous for such hits as 1982's "She Blinded Me With Science," synthesizer maestro Thomas Dolby spent 20+ years in the private sector inventing new digital music technologies. Now Dolby's getting back to his electronic music roots with his new album, the dieselpunk-inflected A Map of the Floating City. » 7/10/11 4:40pm 7/10/11 4:40pm

Read China Miéville's rejected Marxist Iron Man pitch

China Miéville was once tapped to write Swamp Thing for DC, but that never panned out. Similarly, the Kraken author has now revealed that he submitted an Iron Man pitch which paints a less than rosy picture of Tony Stark. » 4/09/11 9:30am 4/09/11 9:30am

Quite possibly the most unnecessarily violent airplane ever invented

Yes, this is a 1929 aircraft propelled by 86 gun barrels. It's certainly not the most efficient aircraft ever invented, but it definitely makes some sort of statement. You can find similarly trigger-happy aircrafts here and here. [Via Modern Mechanix] » 1/08/11 2:55pm 1/08/11 2:55pm

Hugo Awards namesake suggested chasing criminals using airplane-mounted…

This invention is such a unabashedly terrible idea, but if I were a criminal, its sheer awesomeness would cow me into surrendering. Witness the apocryphal adventures of the Dieselpunk Deputies and their patented Anti-Gangster Gondola™ (by Hugo Gernsback)! This article by the godfather of science fiction comes courtesy… » 11/24/10 8:25am 11/24/10 8:25am

WWII Leaders Get a Dieselpunk Makeover

What if the nations that fought in WWII were led not by mere men, but by diesel-powered cyborgs? It might resemble Sam van Olffen's faux propaganda posters, featuring the likes of Rooseveltron, Stalinator, and Benitobot Mussolinoid. » 7/21/09 8:40am 7/21/09 8:40am