In our modern world of electronic gadgets, 3D doohickies, digital this and HD that, it’s somehow comforting to see that there is a large subculture of proponents of the Steampunk genre.
To describe Steampunk art you’ll hear words like steam, victorian, industrial, and clockwork. But the Steampunk genre goes beyond mere words. The key to defining Steampunk is finding modern technologies beautifully mixed with a heaping dose of an age when steam was the primary power source, Queen Victoria held the throne, people were communicating by telegraph and the industrial age was at its prime.
Steampunk works are often set either in an alternate science fictional version of western history, or in a futuristic post-apocalyptic world of depleted resources, and a return to the glorious days of steam power. In these works you’ll find a strong use of materials such as brass, iron, wood, and clockworks, and often references to classic literary works by the likes of H.G.Wells and Jules Verne.
If you’re a reader and would like to delve into the steampunk genre you can’t go past the works of Jules Verne, an author considered to have been writing science fiction and steampunk long before either of those terms were even created. If you haven’t read it yet, try “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.” You can’t go wrong with Captain Nemo and the Nautilus, right?
If movies are more your thing, try “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” “The Prestige,” or “Hugo” for a good start.
We’ve collected a magnificent selection of steampunk inspired works for you today from here within our RB pages.
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Rosemary, The Magenta Marauder