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Techie Brain The word automaton sounds very futuristic, but these clockwork machines were first built hundreds of years ago. I began my speculative story collection, Owl Light, with a time-travel, steampunk story about an owl automaton. And the builder of my owl machine in “The Clockwork Owl” was officially employed as a clockmaker.

You can imagine my surprise when I stumbled on this video of an automaton, The Writer, built by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a clockmaker, in Switzerland hundreds of years ago. It is a fascinating machine, but a bit creepy. Perhaps it’s because dolls in general give me the heebie-jeebies, but this little clockwork boy is both amazing and the stuff of my nightmares.

What do you think — is the automaton in this video genius or creepy or both?

 

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owl light cover 300 Something a little different for an owl post – I was a guest author promoting Owl Light at the Snap, Crackle, and Popping Blog of writer Sharon Buchbinder. A link to an excerpt of one of the stories (“Feathers”), the entire intro poem, and details about the first story in Owl Light, “The Clockwork Owl,” are included.

Please stop by the post, and maybe even comment!

By the way, the artwork included in today’s post is the full painting for the cover of Owl Light. And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.  Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

Happy owling to all! – Vonnie

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