Saturday, January 23, 2016


Kato commented that steampunk was an unfamiliar genre. For others who may wonder about it, steampunk is a sub genre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. The clothing styles tend toward neo-Victorian/Edwardian, with lots of leather, gears and tubes and such. Goggles seem to be de rigueur, presumably because those steam powered vehicles, like the little steam train in the Dells, threw out a lot of cinders.

Here are some examples of steampunk literature, fashion and folderol. 

For those who might be interested in sampling steampunk literature, if you have a Kindle, Kindle app or Nook, just search "steampunk" and you will find a number of free offerings. The very fact that they are free need not indicate that they are valueless. Many free items are offered in hopes that you will be hooked into buying other works by the same writer or in the same series. And your local library will no doubt be happy to help you find something of interest.

As I noted earlier, I like the steampunk look but have not found any steampunk literature that I would recommend. Chacun à son goût, as they say. I do note that there are a lot of gay-themed steampunk stories and novels, if you think that might float your steamboat or steam up your goggles.


anne marie in philly said...

the clock and the octopus pieces are interesting. not my thing, though.

Anonymous said...

Doctor Who is as close to Steampunk that I'll probably get. Although I do like that scarab.. alot.