Steampunk

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Steampunk

  1. 1. Steampunk by Chris Gough
  2. 2. What is steampunk? Steampunk is a subgenre of Science Fiction. It features themes and technologies from the 1800s to early 1900s in fantasy settings.
  3. 3. Getting Specific Some other, lesser known subgenres usually bundled under steampunk: Clockpunk Dieselpunk
  4. 4. Getting Specific Cyberpunk can also be considered to be related to steampunk
  5. 5. Getting Specific Steampunk works set in America usually have a Wild-West feel to them, and are sometimes called “cattlepunk”
  6. 6. Steampunk Features Very old-fashioned technology – lots of brass, cogs and crazy ideas
  7. 7. Steampunk Features Victorian values, language, and costume
  8. 8. Steampunk Features Victorian values, language, and costume (sort of)
  9. 9. Steampunk Features Dead-end science and technology that never caught on…
  10. 10. Steampunk Features Victorian values, language, and costume Dead-end science and technology that never caught on “Zeerust”
  11. 11. Zeerust “... the particular kind of datedness which afflicts things that were originally designed to look futuristic.” Douglas Adams & John Lloyd, The Meaning of Liff
  12. 12. A late 19th century suggestion of life in the twentieth century
  13. 13. A Brief History of Steampunk 19th century novelist Jules Verne’s work isn’t technically steampunk, but its influence on modern steampunk is massive.
  14. 14. The 1927 silent film Metropolis is considered another early example of steampunk themes, including automation, mad science and pollution A Brief History of Steampunk
  15. 15. Mervyn Peake’s 1959 book Titus Alone is considered a forerunner to steampunk literature A Brief History of Steampunk
  16. 16. The term “steampunk” was coined by K. W. Jeter, the author of Morlock Night (1979) in a letter to Locus magazine in 1987. A Brief History of Steampunk
  17. 17. K. W. Jeter “Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term... Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like ‘steam-punks’, perhaps.”
  18. 18. Themes & Tropes Alternate History (this is a VERY popular theme)
  19. 19. Themes & Tropes Themes borrowed from other genres, such as • Horror (Clockwork Century Trilogy)
  20. 20. Themes borrowed from other genres, such as •Science Fiction (The Diamond Age) Themes & Tropes
  21. 21. Themes borrowed from other genres, such as •Fantasy (the Alexia Tarabotti novels) Themes & Tropes
  22. 22. Steampunk in other media: Film • The Wild Wild West • The Golden Compass • Back To The Future III •Sherlock Holmes
  23. 23. • The Legend of Korra • Revolution • Doctor Who • The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Steampunk in other media: Television
  24. 24. • Castle in The Sky • Samurai 7 • Fullmetal Alchemist • Steam Detectives Steampunk in other media: Anime & Manga
  25. 25. • Fable III • Guns of Icarus • Professor Layton and The Unwound Future •The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Steampunk in other media: Video Games
  26. 26. • Abney Park • The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing • Professor Elemental • The Clockwork Quartet Steampunk in other media: Music
  27. 27. Steampunk Community & Fashion Author G. D. Falksen, author of The Ouroboros Cycle, The Cities of Aether, and Steampunk Fashion
  28. 28. Steampunk photo shoot at San Diego Comic Con 2009 Steampunk Conventions
  29. 29. Steampunk photo shoot at Weekend At The Asylum 2011 Steampunk Conventions
  30. 30. Steampunks at Perth Supernova, 2010 Images used in this presentation were sourced from Creative Commons

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