ya beauty, my son who is 27 does not know what a steam punk is, so for once I'm ahead of the game. Only because I heard the tail end of the radio cafe program on radio Scotland regarding steam punks. Intrigued I listened as I drove from the cursed contract on the A7, well there was a dawning realism that I may and my wife may belong to this sub-culture called steam punk!! Why ? because we both mend and make things, but don't most households? Like a drop of mercury (could sue schools for that now) I can't put my finger on steam punks, except for a strong anarchist purpose running through it. And conventional non challenging societal systems guy that i am there is a waking resemblance of an anarchist in me. The banking bail out is incensing me and i know it is necessary for the wider economy, but where is our leadership? we have been well and truly reamed by the "establishment", going wider so has the planet by industry and our demands for "goods" ever cheaper. Does this make me a steam punk? I'm going to say yes, as I believe challenges to any system is good. On a relevant theme, a book titled " the shock of the old" technology and global history since 1900 by David Edgerton is a steam punk book but i bet the author is unaware it is.

2 Responses to “Steam Punks”

  1. March 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.

    Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely.

    Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual craftpersons into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

  2. April 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Sounds like a descrption of para-handy in his youth.

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