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We’re always excited when actors and writers from our favorite genres come up with something that’s genuinely different, or never been attempted before with such gusto. One such area of sci-fi fantasy to get very little love on the small or big screens is Steampunk. That fascinating alternate reality usually set in a Victorian era England, where steam powered mechanical and clockwork devices reign supreme.

During the 2012 Comic-con, Babylon 5 acting legend Bruce Boxleitner made an announcement that would be heard around the fandom world and excite the Steampunk community. He and a team of fellow Hollywood pros were actually working on a new never before done Steampunk TV series called Lantern City. While it’s never unusual to shock and delight fans of a particular genre with news that a new TV or Movie is coming out, what made this so unique wasn’t just the fact a hardcore Steampunk TV show that had never been done before, but that the show’s creators actually want the fans to be involved in the production.

There are Steampunk stories and even some professionally made media out there, which help bring new fans into the fold all the time, but by in large the Steampunk fan community has been very self-perpetuating and sustaining. That is something which has led to untold amounts of creativity and amazing creations of costumes and other equipment which fans build and sell. Because of the boundless creativity shown by the fans, Bruce has sent an open invitation to the Steampunk community to contribute with designs to help make Lantern City as awesome as possible.

Show description

The new Steampunk show Lantern City, from executive producer Bruce Boxleitner, is an exciting foray into fan-inspired and fan-created television. It combines first-rate storytelling, innovative production design, and a rich world that fans will fall in love with. Even though it will blend great science fiction with dynamic storylines, at its heart the show asks two questions: how far would you go to be with the person you love and what lengths would you go to in order to survive?

Lantern City highlights the steampunk genre to create a one-of-a-kind television experience. Other properties have had Steampunk elements, but this is the first mainstream television show to proudly wear the label of Steampunk. Current fans of the subgenre will not be disappointed and it will attract a much wider audience to the long neglected world of Steampunk. The show is unique in that it allows viewers to be involved in the process – a first for any television show.

History of Lantern City

“Lantern City is the southern-most city in Hetra, a world parallel to Earth, and is bordered on the south by the Silver Sea and has the largest river in Hetra, the Faudnice River, running through its heart. The city was always known for its commerce, agriculture, innovation, and trade; because of its isolated geography it never developed a real military power. Lantern City was difficult to travel to by land and it had the ability to control who came in and out of its ports.

Eventually, a band of warlords from the outlands of Hetra conquered the surrounding areas leaving Lantern City as their final target. The onslaught of refugees from the other cities gave the citizens of Lantern City ample warning to protect themselves, However almost no one in Lantern City had minds for military strategy or any real combat experience. This was the perfect opportunity for soldier and entrepreneur Isaac Foster Grey to rise to power and “save” the city from the invaders. To secure the city after the battles for Lantern City’s existence, Grey had a wall built around the city and enacted isolationist policies.

Over one hundred years later, the citizens of Lantern City know little about the rest of Hetra.

Since so few citizens know anything about the history of Lantern City or anything about Hetra, a myth has replaced the actual history. Many of the working class citizens and the members of the Underground believe that a peasant named Nolvan inspired thousands to travel as far south as they could and establish a new and free place called Lantern City. It wasn’t until the Grey Empire tricked the populous and took over that the citizens weren’t free.

Many of the working class are waiting for the next Nolvan to arrive and save them from their fates.”

Lantern City will be featuring some impressive acting talent, as acting legends John Rhys-Davies along with Babylon 5 alum Mira Furlan head up an all star cast.

Links:

  • Lantern City Official Website
  • Lantern City on Facebook
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