[contests] Steampunk caption contest

The Baby Killers by Jay Lake

I just received my author copies of The Baby Killers, my new steampunk single-title novella from PS Publishing. In order to celebrate, we’re going to have a caption contest. I’ve chosen one of the more steampunkish photos from my Flickr files, so take that as a theme if you like.

First prize will be a signed copy of the book, additional prizes to be awarded at my discretion. Usual rules apply. I’ll collect captions in comments here (at both jlake.com and jaylake.livejournal.com) until I get bored with it, then build a voting poll. Please try to limit the length of your entries or they may become truncated in the poll code.

The photo in question:


Pipe, Lime, OR. © 2002, 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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14 thoughts on “[contests] Steampunk caption contest

  1. Pictured are the frozen roller bearings of the Niagara Falls Power Company’s primary penstock. Lack of rotation these past two weeks has caused the pipe to begin filling with sediment. The restricted water flow threatens steam delivery as far away as Cleaveland, Philadelphia and Boston.

  2. Ellen Eades says:

    The Kiln Veterans

    I dunno why, except it looks like it’s been through the wars 🙂 that’s a rotary cement kiln, by the way 🙂

  3. TVining says:

    Well, ya’gotta reinforce the collar fittings, and she’ll need a new coat of paint, but I think she’ll fire again.

  4. “She think you mighty man when your pipe look like to this. Buy Doctor Miracle’s magical unction and put you the steam back in your punk!!!”


    Behold, man’s final monument to the dawn of his own destruction – the remains of the BP oil pipeline. Alas, it outlasted its creators.


    “You put the lime in the Majestic Mechanical Material Mixating Marvel, and mix it all up. Add coconut to taste.”

  5. L Cohen says:

    Magnetic Alignment Collars (MACs) on the TransContinental Accelerator (1909)
    Colloquially known as Mrs. Planck’s Garter Belts

  6. The opening of the new steam power station has been delayed until crews could finish with the faux aged and distressed decor. “Dystopian aesthetic is the standard in today’s society” says crew leader Phineas Phaedra.

  7. “NOW let’s see that dog get in here!’

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