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?
(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. =]
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. >=]
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!
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?
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!