Speak Out with Your Geek Out: Steampunk!

Welcome, folks!  Today’s post is my participation in Speak Out with Your Geek Out, a fantastic blogging movement meant to show the masses that it’s okay to take pride in our geekiness!  We are here.  We are epic.  And we are controlling your entertainment industry.  Learn to love us, because we are amazing.  =]

Kit’s topic of love?

Steampunk!

(come on, folks, are we really shocked?)

Let’s begin by defining: what is Steampunk?

Well, there’s the Wikipedia [link] definition: Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

But Steampunk, to we Steampunks, is so much more than that.  You can mesh the romance of Victorian high society or the grit of the under-privileged with modern luxuries and conveniences laden with brass, copper, wood, and leather!  Not sure if Steampunk can coexist with your non-nerdy interests?  I bet I can prove you wrong.  =]

Fashion

Victorian fashion in the UK, and even in 19th century America and around the world, made a huge statement from the bustle and spats of the late 19th century to the Asian influence brought on by the trade with China and the First Opium War.  Taking those fashion statements, reinventing them with modern creativity and convenience, entwining them with fiction, innovation, and flights of fancy—this is the look of Steampunk.

Most importantly?  Goggles. >=]

Flickr © San Diego Shooter

Flickr © Phinzup

Technology

There’s a fine line separating genius from insanity—and Steampunks can walk it with the best of them.  Steampunks can Steampunk anything!  Computers, guns, swords, cars, anything you can think of that isn’t Victorianized can be revolutionized by the Steampunk community.  The tech of the 19th century meets the tech and imagination of the 21st!

Cell Phone Headset; Flickr © garagemonkeysan

Mouse; Flickr © Irish Typepad

Character

Sky pirates, inventors, engineers, aristocrats, defilers, criminals, and royalty!   Don’t say you don’t want to be a fantastic adventurer, because it’ll never be true!  Dress up as your favorite Steampunk archetype!  Create yourself in an alternate universe where you get a coal-powered ray gun or… a steam-powered motorcycle.  Or an airship.  Mostly, you get to prance around at conventions in bitchin’ 19th century gear and enjoy hugs and photos from strangers.  It’s fun. =]

A picnic for Steampunk lovers, perhaps?

Flickr © Anna Fischer

Wanna live the life?

Try to compete with this modvic in Massachusetts!

Literature and Other Media

Moral of the story?

There’s nothing cooler than a Steampunk!

What’s your geekiest interest? 

Speak Out with Your Geek Out, folks!  Feel no shame, for you are awesome!

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “Speak Out with Your Geek Out: Steampunk!

  1. Great post today thanks. I really enjoyed reading it very much.

    Thanks again for posting this.

    Today’s Writing – Raining Purple Rain

  2. Steampunk makes me drool. It’s just so brilliant. I had a huge love affair with the Victorian Age long before I ever heard of steampunk and when someone finally introduced me to it, everything fell into place.
    My roleplaying group once modified 7th Sea into a steampunk game and to this day, it was one of the most awesome games I have ever played.

  3. Erin M

    Thanks for sharing, Kit! =D

  4. Great post! I’m redoing our basement and am so tempted to theme it Steampunk.

  5. Jess Witkins

    Cool history and photos, like all the funky gadgets. What a fun idea for a blogfest. I’ll probably qualify for this fest too. LOL.

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