Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians

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Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians gives the reader an introduction to steampunk culture, including a historical view on how steampunk evolved from being a literary genre to the culture we know today.

Author Paul Roland presents us an overview of leading artists, musicians, authors and other key figures of steampunk. You can find a selection of steampunk books, music, art, fashion, events and films, all summarized and sometimes even with a short extract.

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When Black Is a Challenge: Wave Gotik Treffen 2014

The 23rd Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT) was the hottest one ever. Even the weather forecasts said that it was the hottest first June weekend since record began with temperatures around 36°C and more. So wearing black in that hot oven was really a challenge unless you went for a nearly-no-fabric-look and even then you had to be careful not to catch a sunburn. Continue reading “When Black Is a Challenge: Wave Gotik Treffen 2014”

Planes B: Spanish Steampunk Anthology

Planes B

A year ago, two writers — Josué Ramos from Spain and Negro Inmunsapá from Mexico — had the idea to create the first steampunk anthology in Spanish. This led them to more ideas. One was the creation of a collection of books made to promote new writers, something never quite seen before. Out of it came Planes B.

The first volume is now here and it was officially introduced during EuroSteamCon last week.

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Steampunk Is Not a Subculture — Yet

Not a long time ago, Nick wrote that steampunk means different things in different places. He talked about how in Europe, it is a kind of aesthetics while in other places, including the United States, it looks more like a cultural movement.

Because there are so many differences between people who enjoy the steampunk aesthetic, Nick suggested that it’s hard to call steampunk a subculture. Rather it should be understood as an aesthetic that’s applied in different ways. But it’s not just a matter of preference. When a lot of people around the world realize that they share appreciation of an art style or a genre or an interest in reviewing the possible political implications of the steampunk ethos, we are talking about a community that’s organized around a particular theme. While some marvel in the aesthetic, others are attracted to steampunk for another reason.

What we’re really talking about then is a movement.

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