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Steampunk

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.

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

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  • February 24, 2012: Fashion News Tribune: This is Steampunk "Clockworks, corsets, airships and automatons are all remnants of another time. Together, they’re remnants of a time that never was but might have been — a time the steampunk movement is bringing to life...."
  • February 24, 2012: Art Pasadena Star News: Before steampunk, there was Richard Bunkall's imagination "A painting on the wall depicts a whale floating in the air through a building's entryway. Nearby is a highly detailed sculpture that plays with classic architecture. This is Richard Bunkall's world: a place that is ancient, yet futuristic at the same time..."
  • February 20, 2012: Fashion Ottawa Star Citizen: Steampunk and bondage and old Hollywood, oh my! "Dark and sensual, [And! Nguyen's ]work was arresting not only for his androgynous layering of cotton, PVC and chiffon, but his confronting use of Road Warrior-meets-bondage head gear and gas masks."
  • February 17, 2012: Art, Literature The Montreal Gazette: Steampunk in prose and pictures "it’s not surprising to find a new anthology of Poe’s tales and poetry, with steampunk-themed illustrations, marketed as Steampunk Poe."




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