I just love steampunk. No, it’s not music, though it could be that there’s a new subculture emerging – a mix of punk, rock, pop, jazz, Goth and classic music – that calls itself steampunk.
While I haven’t discovered that genre, the shortest definition of steampunk I could find is ‘making modern artifacts in a Victorian coat’. There’s no entry for steampunk in my 2004 Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary, but of course Wikipidea has a lot about it.
According to Wikipedia steampunk is a sub genre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used – usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England – but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.
Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history – style presentations of ‘the path not taken’ of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality. It is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk andsteampunk is that steampunk settings tend to be less obviously dystopian.
For my visitors and readers, especially those on DutchCowboys and MobileCowboys it starts to become interesting when we start looking at steampunk as an object style.
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