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Welcome to

The Blackbird Literary Initiative 

In Loving Memory of a dear friend and fellow Steampunk,

Angela Sawatzky

Good day, and welcome to The Blackbird Literary Initiative. It is a goal of Subgenres to develop a Book Club and literary initiative here on our site. We wish to foster a love of reading and literature. Reading novels that inspire us to explore rich universes of the imagination fuels our minds with new ideas and invention. Enjoying a good book is still one of the greatest ways to share our inner stories with others. Unlike movies, we create the sets, the costumes, the players, etc. in our mind's eye when reading a novel. Everything is just so in our imaginations, often much better than a movie can ever recreate. 

Many times great authors are able to convey the depths of the Human Condition

and mine the deeper meanings that spring from the life lessons gained through

the struggles of their protagonists within their novels. Much knowledge, and

the pursuit of understanding ourselves in relation to the greater good of Mankind,

have been passed down through these timeless writings. Literature is one of the greatest

gifts we can share with each other, let us enjoy it together. 


The Blackbird Literary Initiative was first developed with just Steampunk in mind,

but our purview of literature has grown into a much broader scope to incorporate the full gamut of genres. We do not want to limit our members to just one genre. Especially when there are so many to enjoy. 

We invite our members to join in on the various lectures, activities, and groups that will be scheduled here in the coming months. It is our hope to discuss novels, both new and old, introduce new authors, and also give reviews on the books we feature. Authors will be given the opportunity to introduce their works with a voice recording or video reading from their novel. We also hope to include some interviews and question periods that our members can take part in. 


























































Blackbird Literary Initiative 


First Lecture:

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Guest Lecturer:

Tiffany Humble


This is our first Lecture in our new series in which we discuss literary works and their themes. In this lecture Tiffany Humble touches on the major themes of The Last Man. She also introduces us to Mary Shelley and her contemporaries, along with the political and cultural settings in which the book was written. This Lecture took place live over Zoom on November 28th, 2020. There was also a question and answer session that was included at the end. We will be providing the recording here so that our members who were not able to attend can enjoy it. 



The Subgenres Book Club:

There is a group in the membership area that is devoted to discussion and the planning of The Subgenres Book Club content for this initiative. Please feel free to join this group and put your two cents in on which books you think the book club should read next. If there is an author you enjoy and wish to introduce to the community, or you have recommendations on where some of our books can be sourced, we would love for you to share with us.

We hope to explore both classic and contemporary literature in our book club. Plus, enjoy 

stimulating and interesting discussions of the novels we choose to study. Perhaps our 

activities will lead you to discover new authors and universes, or inspire you to create your 


It is our greatest desire to share one of life's greatest pleasures with all of you, the vicarious 

experience of living great adventures together and being able to talk about them with kindred



Punks With Pens:

It is true that the pen is mightier than the sword, and we will prove it here in this new group. Sharing our love of writing can create a wonderful community in which we can all benefit from each others skill and experience. Also, we can generate a way of getting people to know our work.


Punks with Pens is a group devoted to writers. If you are a writer who wishes to share their work with other Steampunks and discuss writing activities, you are welcome to join this group. Any feedback, criticism, or comments should remain strictly constructive, positive, and an asset to the writer to further develop their talent. Any misconduct will result in the immediate expulsion of that member from the Writers' Group. 

* Legal Disclaimer/Rules of Conduct Below







The Story That Never Ends:


This is the story that never ends. I am borrowing this idea from the former Steampunk Empire. We would have groups of role players that would create a collaborative role playing experience by writing a paragraph each to a story thread. Each member of the group would have an established Steampunk persona and join a story (much like a D&D campaign) adding a paragraph at a time, taking turns with the other members to write/participate in a ever unfolding adventure. We ask that the different groups establish rules of etiquette that are displayed clearly and follow proper behaviour of civil/mannerly conduct. 








Legal Disclaimer

And Rules of Conduct: 

No sexual harassment, bullying, and try to conduct your group activities in an adult environment that entails maturity and civility. 

Pens With Punks

This group is not for harassment, abuse, or demeaning behaviour.

Please only post content you personally have created, give yourself credit, and be aware that The Society for the Ethical Treatment of Kraken does not own, or will take possession of other creatives work.


Your content is purely your own and you must take responsibility for the risks of posting unpublished materials on public forums.


We, SETK, will not be responsible if others should use your content without permission. Be aware that in every group there are dishonest people, sadly this is a reality, we cannot monitor your content and protect it. This is a public forum meant for everyone, so use it with responsibility. 

The Story That Never Ends

This group is for collaborative adventures. Each group of participants is expected to police their our members behaviour. We will not take responsibility for any activities that occur within the separate groups that are involved in these types of stories.


If there is a member who is acting inappropriately it is up to the group to expel them or discipline them in an appropriate manner. If this member uses this site to harass another member it is up to the person receiving the negative behaviour to make SETK aware of these activities.


Please screen shot all abuse. We will revoke their membership to this site should we find them causing issues with others. It is not our responsibility to report to the police or take legal action, that should be done by the person experiencing the issues. We will, however, expel them from this site. 

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