Steampunk, for the uninitiated is a sub genre of science fiction that masterfully blends Victorian and futuristic elements. Don’t confuse it with Goth or Emo. Steampunk in my opinion is far more artful, especially when its done right. Here is a mini primer on Steampunk with examples from film, fiction, art and fashion.
I think my interest in Steampunk began while watching reruns of Wild Wild West with Robert Conrad when I was little. I loved all those crazy gadgets and evil villains like Emma Valentine played wickedly by Anges Moorhead and Dr. Faustina (the great Ida Lupino). The show drew inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells and of course Jules Verne.
Steampunk fiction is still growing as a genre. Michael Moorcock is good place to start with traditional Steampunk fiction. Steampunk fiction is influenced by authors such as Charles Dickens, HG Wells, and Jules Verne. Personally, I thought Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series was Steampunk, but maybe that’s just the way I saw it in my mind.
Want to see Steampunk in action check out Katsuhiro Otomo’s Steamboy. I love this movie, it’s dreamy, exciting and gorgeous to watch. Some other favorites of mine include Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle (the books are great to read as well by Dianna Wynne Jones). Van Helsing and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are a must see too.
Want to meet real live people who live and breath Steampunk? Go to Meetup.org and search for Steampunk events and groups in your area.
Check out this beautiful photography by Viona Art. Her work is very luxe, rich and dreamy. She does more than Steampunk but I think this is a great example of the look of Steampunk for women. It’s Victorian but with a futuristic, darkly seductive twist.
Here is another image from Robots vs Badgers. Again, you’ll notice the Victorian elements blended with out of this world pieces.
And, here is an Ipod charger modified to fit perfectly in the Steampunk world. PBS Arts did a bit on Steampunk awhile back. You can catch a bit of HERE where you’ll see more things like the ordinary object turned into a piece of Steampunk functional art.
So you maybe asking yourself what does Steampunk have to do with Wednesday Giveaway? Just so happens I have the book Steampunk softies to giveaway. Scientifically adorable and just waiting to be loved (right after they’re made) these little guys and gals will have a distinct personality unlike any other softie in the house.
Do you like Steampunk? What do you like about it? How were you introduced to it? Do you know anyone that is crazy about it? Leave me the details!