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  1. 1. LIB 617 Research in Young Adult Literature Fall 2011 <br />Steampunk<br />
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  3. 3. What is Steampunk?<br />3<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />What is Steampunk?<br />Where does the name come from?<br />Well to begin with let's clear up the name. “Steampunk” started as a joke. There was a movement in science fiction to write in a genre known as “Cyberpunk”. When various writers began exploring similar concepts and ideas but setting them in a pseudo Victorian world one of those writers, K.W. Jeter coined the term “steampunk”. As a tongue in cheek descriptor it stuck. <br />What is Steampunk: An overview for 2011<br />
  5. 5. What isCyberpunk?<br />5<br />What is Cyberpunk?<br />Cyberpunk, essentially, is a form of speculative fiction that deals with a high-technology future. Cyberpunk is almost never happy, and usually leaves the reader in a 'life sucks' mood. The reader should not want to enter the little world that you create. Cyberpunk is a warning as to what might happen in the future. <br />Required reading material for people who want to know more about cyberpunk is: <br /><ul><li>Neuromancer, by William Gibson
  6. 6. Count Zero, by William Gibson
  7. 7. Snow Crash, by Neil Stephenson
  8. 8. Mirrorshades, a cyberpunk anthology, edited by Bruce Sterling </li></li></ul><li>Who are the antecedents?<br />6<br />1. Jules Verne<br />“. . . the sheer volume of the man’s work precludes looking at his writing beyond the most popularly known novels. My research over the past two years has demonstrated repeatedly that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is the work most steampunks reference when speaking about Verne as proto-steampunk.”<br />20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne: Part I, Chapters 1-7<br />
  9. 9. 7<br />Who are the antecedents?<br />2. H.G. Wells<br />To Steampunk, The Island of Doctor Moreau gives the kind of blind scientific ambition that characterizes many of the mad scientists of the subgenre, as well as the concept of degeneration of society that it shares with dystopian fiction. That science brought on this degeneration is an integral part of many near-future dystopian science fiction stories, and the aesthetic of the darker Steampunk works. <br /> Source: Blog Free the PrincessThe Roots of Steampunk -- H.G. Wells's The Island of DoctorFriday, April 16, 2010<br />
  10. 10. 8<br />Who are the antecedents?<br />3. Mary Shelley<br />Frankenstein gives to Steampunk its focus on dangerous science and pushing at what we already know. Novels like Boneshaker, where science gone wrong is one of the central facets of that world's history, owe a debt to tales like Frankenstein. Mary Shelley and other writers of Gothic literature that crafted terror over science in their readers were the progenitors of “mad science” in fiction.<br />Source: Blog Free the Princess The Roots of Steampunk -- Mary Shelley's FrankensteinThursday, April 8, 2010<br />
  11. 11. Another, not literary antecedent<br />9<br />The prototype mad scientist?<br />See also Steampunk Notables: Nikola Tesla from <br />
  12. 12. Tesla as a steampunk character<br />10<br />Books by Scott Westerfeld<br />In Behemoth, the sequel to Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, the Steam/Diesel Punks that make up the Central Powers have ‘Tesla Cannons,’ which are, predictably, lightning generators. In the third book in the trilogy, Goliath, Tesla becomes a major character.<br />Nikola Tesla in tvtropes<br />
  13. 13. 11<br />Author of the Leviathantrilogy<br />Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath<br />Leviathan lesson plan<br />
  14. 14. Alternate History<br />12<br />
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  16. 16. 14<br />A Middle School Level Trilogy<br />The Larklight trilogy by Philip Reeve<br />
  17. 17. 15<br />Steampunk Graphic Novel<br />Other titles in the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series:<br />League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The: Black Dossier<br />League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The: Century #1 (1910)<br />League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The: Century #2 (1969)<br />League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The: Volume 1<br />League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The: Volume 2<br />
  18. 18. 16<br />Steampunk Internet?<br />
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  20. 20. Steampunk is a culture<br />18<br />
  21. 21. Steampunk Week<br />19<br />Steampunk Week on<br />With steampunk “hitting the mainstream,” the big question nowadays has changed from “What is steampunk?”* to “Where is it going?” <br />Although this is only a week-long theme, I’ve packed it to the brim with contributions from both established and up-and-coming voices in the steampunk community. I’m especially proud of the diverse range of voices worldwide who offer a look at steampunk from various angles — from Eurocentric to multicultural, artsy to lowbrow, politics to fandom, and everything in between.<br />Ay-leen the PeacemakerMon Oct 3 2011 Steampunk Week index page.<br />* For those who have been living in a cave and have no idea what steampunk is, I suggest checking out’s previous blogging events: Steampunk Month in 2009 and Steampunk Fortnight in 2010 for some clues.<br />
  22. 22. So, what is Steampunk?<br />20<br />Many things!<br />Over the years, steampunk has evolved into more than just a sub-genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Steampunk now extends into fashion, engineering, music, and for some, a lifestyle. With the Victorian British Empire or American Wild West as the backdrop, steampunk projects are a challenge of making something elegant out of random bits and bobs. Picture MacGyver or The A-Team in the 1800’s. Consider Dick Van Dyke’s Caractacus Potts and his creations in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or the ingenious contraptions from Artimus Gordon’s laboratory in the television show The Wild, Wild West. What others see as junk or scrap parts, steampunk artists transform it into something new and expressive, be it an original creation or a modification of a modern convenience.<br />