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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Steam Punk

I know I'm late to the party, but I've just heard about steam punk. In books it's supposed to be the Next Big Thing. I gather it involves the 19th century, anachronistic technology--perferably steam-driven--and lots of metal doodads and goggles. I had trouble putting it all together until I picked up a copy of Gail Carriger's Soulless.

The books is set in an alternate version of Victorian England where vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals wander around under the auspices of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, a division of Her Majesty's Civil Service. Ms. Carriger introduces the requisite "glassicals" on p. 10.

The book is fun and charming, though I'm trying to figure out how to translate the light touch and the humor to my darker, not-so-funny style.

I'm told that other icons in the steam punk library include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, and the movie Wild, Wild West.

If you' re still having trouble picturing all this, check out some folks dressed up as steam punkers for Dragon Con, here.

So...anyone out there into steam punk? Read anything? Seen anything? If so, share. The whole thing has got me way curious.

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Blogger  said...

I'm still trying to catch onto the steam punk movemement myself, but I love the Wild Wild West. Which is probably one of the earlier movies I have seen that are steampunk.

Love the costumes at Dragon Con and the jewelry it inspires!

November 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Annie Solomon said...

I haven't seen WWWest yet, but I'm going to soon. And yes, the costumes were amazing. I also agree that the jewelry the movement inspires is interesting. Sometimes a little too...heavy...for me, but it does set a mood.

November 5, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

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