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underthecity
03-25-2008, 03:46 AM
One of my coworkers, Bill, told me that his niece got married on Saturday. Their theme was "Steampunk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk)," a form of literature I have to admit that I have never heard of. His niece's wedding dress was black and white, in a Victorian style with a big bustier. Also, she wore a black corset which Bill said gave her difficulty in sitting down and moving around.

Since apparently they didn't explain to anyone what Steampunk actually meant, few people at the reception knew what the gears and cogs placed on the tables (I guess as centerpieces) were for. This prompted Bill's mother to exclaim, "What's this junk?"

It sounds interesting, but I have never heard of Steampunk. I find it very intriguing. Anyone here read anything? The only thing I know of Victorian Age science fiction is Jules Verne and H.G. Welles.

allen

Dawno
03-25-2008, 03:51 AM
It's a bit hard to explain, but Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk) (eta - I see you already have that link, sorry!) and even just typing "steampunk" into the Amazon search bar would give you a good start...

My first intro to it was The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling back in '92. Love it! Oh, the comic Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104) is also very steampunk-y

JLCwrites
03-25-2008, 03:51 AM
Watch Wild Wild West with Will Smith. :) It is very cool... I'll look up some pics for you too.

jst5150
03-25-2008, 03:52 AM
The blog "Boing Boing (http://www.boingboing.net/)" is a great resource for steampunk stuff and explaining what it is, why it's catchy and more.

There's also a brilliant online comic called "FreakAngels (http://www.freakangels.com/)" that uses SteamPunk.

underthecity
03-25-2008, 03:54 AM
I've seen Wild Wild West. It's not an . . . easy movie to enjoy, but I did like all the steam powered machines. The spider at the end was interesting.

allen

JLCwrites
03-25-2008, 03:54 AM
A steampunk laptop...
http://www.zombiesushi.com/wp-content/images/steampunk-laptop.jpg

JLCwrites
03-25-2008, 03:55 AM
I've seen Wild Wild West. It's not an . . . easy movie to enjoy, but I did like all the steam powered machines. The spider at the end was interesting.

allen

Ah yes...Let me clarify... the movie wasn't cool... the steampunk effects were cool. ;)

jst5150
03-25-2008, 04:09 AM
Ah yes...Let me clarify... the movie wasn't cool... the steampunk effects were cool. ;)
I always recommend listening to the kevin Smith explanation on how that spider came to be. It's hilarious.

benbradley
03-25-2008, 05:54 AM
Steampunk isn't quite "Victorian Age Science Fiction," it's sort of retro-Victorian - stories written in modern times, describing what it might have been like if mechanical devices and systems of the 19th Century had had greater technological advances, similar to the great advances of electronics in the 20th Century.

As I said in some other thread a while back, I read "The Difference Engine" and didn't much like it. One of the premises is that mechanisms of the 19th century were so advanced that the police had a mechanical computer that held a database on criminals. Unfortunately, I've just explained most of the "cool hardware" described in the book - there's a set of programming cards that gets passed along, but that's about it - the technology in that book is way in the background of the story, which is expected for many other genres, but not for a subset of SF.

So it's my humble opinion that the authors of "The Difference Engine," though successful and well-known for their othe works, didn't get it right as far as the definitive steampunk novel. So when NaNoWriMo came around last year, writing such a definitive steampunk novel came to mind, though I did very little on it for the month. I've still got the idea in me wanting to get out, in fact I just now "invented" a new character, a famous scientist who as a boy got a reputation for fixing things around his neighborhood. Because of the way he fixed something for someone, they exclaimed "He fixes mechanisms by THINKING!" (based on this quote (http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/%7Eavb/micromathematics/2006/08/downward-spiral-of-physics.html) - scroll down to the second quote and read through it).

A steampunk laptop...
That one's ugly, it must have been an early prototype. Check out this one, it's quite beautiful:
http://www.datamancer.net/steampunklaptop/steampunklaptop.htm

DamaNegra
03-25-2008, 06:26 AM
My first intro to it was The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling back in '92. Love it! Oh, the comic Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20021104) is also very steampunk-y

Yes, yes, definitely read Girl Genius to get a taste of steampunk ;) But be warned! You're most likely to develop an addiction.

maxmordon
03-26-2008, 11:46 PM
I have been on one or two forums dedicated to Steampunk, it's in my opinion a group rather interesting and a lot of the people seems to be related to goth subculture. Anywho, I would like to see some pics of a Steampunk Wedding. Appears to me be something fascinating

mscelina
03-26-2008, 11:49 PM
Glad someone asked this.

So, would the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen be considerd steam punk?

maxmordon
03-26-2008, 11:51 PM
Glad someone asked this.

So, would the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen be considerd steam punk?

I think so. It's set on Victorian Era with Techonology too modern for that real era's standard but still being managed with steam, cogs and such

mscelina
03-26-2008, 11:54 PM
That's what I thought. Aside from the fact that I loved the story, I really got into how the characters of other author's fame were transformed into something almost completely different.

That and Dorian Grey in the movie. *drool*

maxmordon
03-27-2008, 12:07 AM
That's what I thought. Aside from the fact that I loved the story, I really got into how the characters of other author's fame were transformed into something almost completely different.

That and Dorian Grey in the movie. *drool*

Yes, he was beautiful. And I say this in the most heterosexual way I can say it. (I also liked the novel, but you must be an idiot to miss the whole homoerotic subtext)

mscelina
03-27-2008, 12:12 AM
Who? Me?

Dorian Grey as written by Oscar Wilde embodies eroticism on every level. His beauty was seductive and, in the end, evil--but still the character looks up at you from the pages and beguiles you to love him. The portrayal of Dorian in the movie was perfect and almost exactly as I imagined him when I read Wilde's story years ago. That element of the character's personality is what makes him so compelling and I was glad to see that the film managed to keep that characteristic intact.

underthecity
03-27-2008, 12:16 AM
Steampunk isn't quite "Victorian Age Science Fiction," it's sort of retro-Victorian - stories written in modern times, describing what it might have been like if mechanical devices and systems of the 19th Century had had greater technological advances, similar to the great advances of electronics in the 20th Century.



This is what I understood about Steampunk from the Wikipedia entry. As I said, I had never heard of it before . . . and I'm an author! Where have I been? And I love of the idea of retro-technology being used in modern times. In face, I employ a similar concept in my novel The Ghost Machine, which is set in 2008 (or whatever year I'm currently working on it) and the machine itself is powered by sixty-year old tubes and other components.

I thought I could turn the sequel into a Steampunk type story, in which the machine somehow sends the MC back in time and he now must make a new machine, but now based on steam power in order to get back to present time. But now I'm edging into Back to the Future III territory.

As for pictures, I asked to see them, too.

allen

maxmordon
03-27-2008, 12:17 AM
Who? Me?

Dorian Grey as written by Oscar Wilde embodies eroticism on every level. His beauty was seductive and, in the end, evil--but still the character looks up at you from the pages and beguiles you to love him. The portrayal of Dorian in the movie was perfect and almost exactly as I imagined him when I read Wilde's story years ago. That element of the character's personality is what makes him so compelling and I was glad to see that the film managed to keep that characteristic intact.

Indeed. Although Alan Moore and the fan of the Graphic Novel loathed the movie I would like to read it to compare.

Quoting what a friend of mine wrote about Lestat: "He manages to be humanly monstrous at the same time monstrously human. That's why I love him so much"

Of course, she also have a crush on Johnny Depp, Eric Draven (The Crow) and The Sandman. But again, who can blame her? ;)

maxmordon
03-27-2008, 12:20 AM
This is what I understood about Steampunk from the Wikipedia entry. As I said, I had never heard of it before . . . and I'm an author! Where have I been? And I love of the idea of retro-technology being used in modern times. In face, I employ a similar concept in my novel The Ghost Machine, which is set in 2008 (or whatever year I'm currently working on it) and the machine itself is powered by sixty-year old tubes and other components.

I thought I could turn the sequel into a Steampunk type story, in which the machine somehow sends the MC back in time and he now must make a new machine, but now based on steam power in order to get back to present time. But now I'm edging into Back to the Future III territory.

As for pictures, I asked to see them, too.

allen

There is also, as I have understood this, also Retro-Futurism or Zeerust. Which is more the territorry of the first half of the XX Century (Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow, Terry Gilliam's Brazil, etc.)

Gravity
03-27-2008, 12:35 AM
I think Harry Turtledove's novel The Two Georges may qualify as steampunk as well.

dpaterso
03-27-2008, 12:39 AM
Older steampunk thread in Sci-Fi/Fantasy forum:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34325

-Derek

jst5150
03-27-2008, 12:40 AM
Steampunk lantern:
http://craphound.com/images/Art+Donovan-Siddhartha+Pod+Lantern-Full+View.JPG

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/03/25/steampunk-lantern.html

underthecity
03-27-2008, 12:43 AM
Okay, I don't care what the cost: I have to have one of those.

allen

Hillary
03-27-2008, 01:07 AM
I'm so confused... These are fictionalized books and movies about eras when steam-powered devices were used, with future-ized inventions based on steam-power? Etc.?

Sooooooo, correct me if I'm wrong, but what we're really saying here is:

Steampunk Weddings - Because nothing says "forever" quite like "things that did not stand the test of time."

maxmordon
03-27-2008, 11:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbxGcVSJGbI

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. Oscar-nominated 40 minutes long steampunk shadow puppet animation

http://www.jaspermorello.com/gazette/

Check out the fake news on the website, they crack me up. Like this announcement:

CIRCUS

Grand selection of Novelty Performances!

On Saturday May 21st 1276.

The Campbell's Cloud Dancers! Chess playing Automatons!

Public Executions!

Balloons for Children

Masquerade Ball on Horseback

Monkey Juggling By that talented thespian Mr Mark Shirrefs g.m.j.b.

The Lawrencian Vomiters!

Wheel of Death - try you hands at the carnival wheel - win a fortune or lose your hands!

Shoot Electric Guns at Live Animal Targets
safe for children

The Shocking and Strange Butterfly Man of Borrog Sings "the Roast Beef of Gothia Operetta "
Distinguished Patronage
Lady Patricia Sledgewick of SLEDGEWICK'S AUCTION HOUSE AND NATIVE ANTIQUITIES

Shadow_Ferret
03-28-2008, 12:23 AM
Watch Wild Wild West with Will Smith. :) It is very cool... I'll look up some pics for you too.
NOOOO! Watch the ORIGINAL Wild, Wild West!

The Will Smith version as an aberation.

clara bow
06-09-2008, 04:04 AM
I recently read S.M. Peters' WHITECHAPEL GODS and I *loved* it to pieces. It's got a lot of gore, though, so buyer beware.

But it's really cool.

Right now I'm in the middle of Jay Lake's MAINSPRING. The worldbuilding rocks with lots of airship action, but this steals some of the focus away from the story/characters. However if you're a fan of H.P. Lovecraft you might like this book.

Hillary
06-09-2008, 05:25 AM
Thread, thread, back from the dead.

(I'm bored, can anyone tell?)

DamaNegra
06-09-2008, 06:16 AM
I still want to see pics of a steampunk wedding :(

DamaNegra
06-09-2008, 06:23 AM
If anyone besides me is curious, here are a lot of pics (http://www.flickr.com/groups/steampunkwedding/pool/page3/) from someone's really cool steampunk wedding. Enjoy ;)

PattiTheWicked
06-09-2008, 06:58 AM
My cousin, who lives in Britain and blogs under the delicious name Tubewhore, is into the steampunk scene there and makes a lot of really neat clothing with corsets, petticoats, top hats and other fun stuff.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a great example of the genre, but there are also other types of steampunk. My personal favorite is the series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, which was a western steampunk sort of thing.

underthecity
06-09-2008, 06:19 PM
Damanegra,

Thanks for posting that link to the flickr album. Although it's not the same wedding as my coworker's niece's, it looked similar to what he described. I wonder if there's a guide somewhere that tells you all the things you incorporate into a "steampunk wedding."

It's neat, though. I know my wife never would have gone for something like that.

allen

MattW
06-10-2008, 06:02 AM
I now pronounce you cog and gear.

You may now turn the screw.