Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What Is Steampunk

What is Steampunk? For me it can be summed up in one simple statement:

Steampunk is a subculture inspired by Victorian age Science Fiction.

This is before the industrial revolution when travel by horse or boat was the norm. Carriages powered by steam are just coming about. The internal combustion engine is still on the drawing boards.

Steampunk is kind of a misnomer as well. Many associate it with gears and clocks. Well, that is actually a shoot off of Steampunk called Clockpunk. There are so many subgenres of the subculture that it is easier to lump them all into the same subculture. Confused yet? You're not alone.

If you asked 100 people who are into the Steampunk theme what Steampunk is you'll likely get 100 very different answers. I personally have always found the Victorian era to be quite beautiful. It seems that people were genuinely nicer to one another then. Of course, that is what I have thought from the writings of the time. Who knows exactly how things really were.

What is your definition of Steampunk?

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