Saturday, April 9, 2011

History Altered: Steampunk - "H"

"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fictionalternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s." ~ Wikipedia

I had to admit that other than Jules Verne and the time machine, I didn't really understand the scope and prevalence of this genre. The stories take place usually around the Victorian era and generally in Britain. They are an alternative history that always has strange steam powered inventions.

This is an amazingly diverse and entertaining genre. I've learned a lot from bloggers like Andrew Rosenberg whose work Steam Palace I hope to soon see on shelves.  A series I eagerly anticipate is The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Their site is a series of dispatches from their man in Moscow and really shows the voice of the series.

What is amazing about this genre is that there is an entire community that exists around it. From Steam Con, a Seattle based convention to attire and jewelry, Steampunk style incorporates gears and 'mechanisms' with things like crystals.

I love the seemingly out of time contraptions that open up the imagination to what is possible. And most of the stories have an altered view of history often with a Victorian perspective.

I can't possibly explain as well as the authors themselves so I encourage you to take a look at their sites.  

It's been a pleasure. Now...Go Write!


Trisha said...

I definitely need to read more steampunk! for all I know I already have - just didn't recognise it. :P I've never specifically sought it out.

Laura Josephsen said...

The two books I'm writing now (one written and being revised, the other in planning stages) takes place in a world that's not Earth, but it has definite steampunk influences. (But it also makes it REALLY HARD to pinpoint genre!)

Gregg said...


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L'Aussie said...

Hi Raquel. Thanks for dropping by my travel blog. It's been fun just planning trips, yet I'm still posting writing posts on L'Aussie Writing. (Check out my Byronic Hero current post.) I can never get my head around Steampunk although I've come across it a lot. Thanks for helping.


Raquel Byrnes said...

I just learned I've been reading steampunk for years. I'm a huge Jules Verne fan and he was a pioneer in the genre.

Anonymous said...

I write near future sci fi which is very similar to steampunk. Instead of a Victorian setting it is set in today's world. And I do like Jules Verne very much.

Sarah Ketley said...

Morning *yawn*

Said i would be back. Rather sleepy this morning as i stayed up all night reading Cassandra Clare's book "Clockwork Angel" = Great book.

I am just starting on a book that is rather touching on Steampunk at the moment. It is only in the initial plotting and development stage at present. I am deciding just how far to go into the Steampunk world.

I have enjoyed reading your post and a number of others that are discussing the developments in Steampunk.

Thanks for the links,

Sarah ketley

Andrew Rosenberg said...

What is this Steampunk of which you mention?

Thanks for the mention! There are a ton of steampunk bloggers out there but I suggest starting with Matt Delman:

Belbin9 said...

Great subject. Horror movies are far too predictable for that reason. The next victim leaves the group, trips or is some helpless girl in lingerie. A good horror novel isn't predictable. Your surprised by the outcome. Awesome post

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

I love steampunk! Only recently realized that some of my favorite books were steampunk, just thought they were some weird alternate universe. Now love it!