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what is steam punk?

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orksecurity5 years ago
Websearch. Here on Instructables, and on the Web as a whole. You will find definitions (not all of which agree) and examples (not all of which are agreed to be steampunk).

Basically, it's an aesthetic inspired by the past's future that never was. Cross Victorian culture (usually, but not always, British Empire) and the sciences and engineering of the time with "mad scientist" and you're pretty much there. Lots of exposed, finely crafted, ornamented machinery which is at least plausible by the science fiction of that time. Costumes and roleplay appropriate thereunto.

You create steampunk jewelry and clothing... by creating jewelry and clothing which would be suitable for people living in this retro-technological fantasy world. What would a Victorian "renaissance man" -- or woman -- be wearing while exploring the cannibal islands with pith helmet and raygun and klunky steam-powered robot? Or when working in the home laboratory, or in the factory building, to create the device which will take men through the aether to another planet? Or when telling others of the latest expedition which will attempt to bring back a living dinosaur for Her Majesty's zoological gardens (and how he barely got home alive from the last one)?


Cool definition !
If you ever come to burn stop in Reno on your way.
Thanks. Trying to pack a great deal into a small space is tough, especially when it's another case of something defined more by self-inclusion in the community than by any clear agreement.

As with filk music, steampunk may be better defined as a "movement" than as a style. (Thank you, Mr. McGath, for that trenchant observation about filk.) The edges of it are extremely fractal, and very much a matter of "symbolism and intent" (a phrase swiped from Randall Garrett, who used it to describe what distinguishes black and white magic in the Lord Darcy universe).

It's very much a matter of what story you want to tell, and how you decorate it.
optimist1235 years ago
here is an extract from an article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually the Victorian era Britain—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical engine.

Steampunk is sometimes compared to cyberpunk, although apart from the shared origins of the name, they have almost nothing in common. Their time period and level of technology are different and steampunk settings also tend to be less dystopian.[citation needed]

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
iceng5 years ago
Something you can see Working at Burning Man running live steam.

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