What is Steam Punk you ask?
What is Steam-punk you ask?
Steampunk is a retro-futuristic type of role play fantasy. Some say an easier way to live. A way to think of the world as if we lived in the Victorian Era. We are able to reap the rewards of the industrial revolution as it is developing and reaching its pinnacle of global achievement. Advances in the production of brass, pig iron, glass, wood and gold made items all mix enabling artists to create a form of aesthetics reminiscent of what Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s Buckingham palace held in 1837. But that is wistful thinking. For most, many of the accouterments are more likely from the American West in its outlaw days. Guns and weapons have a set place in the forefront of Steam-punk. You are as likely to see a weapon of some sort as goggle’s accompanying the costumes. Some have different personas and names. Invented are categories like Steam Ship Air Captain, Navigator or Pilot. Of course needed are the Mechanic and many other forms of artisans and tinkerers. Freedom to truly be whatever you dream of. Shedding off the modern skin of today we can let go of the crumbling plastic and fumes of gasoline to embrace a cleaner world. Steam-punk calls for re-purposing old discarded and used items and creating a new life for them.
The word steam-punk came into prominence in the 1980s. Many of the fantasy stories encompassing the genre show that the lifestyle and design predates the term. Many of these works denote a 19th century era or world where steam power is still widely used and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Fictional technological inventions like nuclear submarines in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne published in 1859 and filmed by Disney in 1954 predated the actual invention. Another example is found in the technological developments of the analog computer occurring at an earlier date. Steampunk contains alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” of such technology as dirigibles flying carrying wooden sailing ships and frequently are presented in an idealized light with a presumption of functionality.
Some speculate that the term steam punk originated in the late 1980s as a way to separate from cyberpunk.
G. K. Chesterton
Arthur Conan Doyle
H. P. Lovecraft
Robert Louis Stevenson
H. G. Wells
Wild Wild West
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954, film)
From the Earth to the Moon (1958, film)
The Time Machine (1960, film)
Master of the World (1961, film)
Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969, film)
steam powered giraffe
These are just a few I have found, please list more in the comments section.