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Great Dirigibles, Steampunk is on the rise….

January 5, 2011

So, I recently read the Steampunk novel Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest, and I have to say, I think I’m intrigued.

Cherie Priest’s world combines an American Civil War setting, with anachronistic machines and some elements of the macabre. The characters feel like products of this frontier era universe, and we see through their eyes as they live their uniquely interesting lives and try to survive and thrive in this brutal but beautiful alternate history. Cherie Priest has created an involved, complex story that I have been throughly sucked into. Or set of stories, I should say, as there are 2 more to follow, which I am eager to read, Clementine, and Dreadnought.

The Steampunk genre is calling out to me now, just begging to be explored. Basically it seems, if you take a 19th century setting, or somewhere there abouts, and tweak it to incorporate technology that would have seemed “futuristic” to people of that era, basically mechanical, rather than electronic, and throw in a few sci-fi/fantasy elements for good measure, you are on the right track. For you movie watchers, think, Wild Wild West, with Will Smith, or The League of extraordinary Gentlemen, with Sean Connery.

The term, according to wikipedia was coined in 1987 by K.W. Jeter, but it has since been realised that several definitive Steampunk works had been published as early as 1959.  Jules Verne and H.G Wells, amongst others, are considered great influences of the genre, and works like Titus Alone  by Mervyn Peake and the television series The Wild Wild West are considered some of the earlier contributions to the genre. There is even a movement out there to create a Steampunk lifestyle and culture, also known as neo-Victorianism.

It’s all very intriguing and I can’t wait to immerse myself in it, might even go buy myself some pseudo-Victorian gadgets 🙂

Peace Love and Hunnicakes



Oh, BTW, heres some cool linkage:




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