When I excluded events from my analysis in “Who Killed Steampunk?“, critics said I was overlooking the most thriving part of the steampunk movement. Book sales may be down; blogs and magazines may have closed; Hollywood may have lost interest in the genre, but conventions, some said, are booming.
I’m not much of a convention-goer, so I wouldn’t know. But if conventions and other events are where steampunk lives now, I ought to look into it.
So I did.
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Maciej Rebisz is the man behind Space That Never Was, which imagines the Space Race didn’t end. Spacecraft based on the Apollo mission that first landed men on the Moon now travel to Venus. The Soviets reached the Moon. There are crewed missions to Mars. Private space companies flourish. The people of Earth, as Rebisz puts it, have “never stopped dreaming big and aiming high.”
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Flying aircraft carriers show up in steampunk, dieselpunk and atompunk fiction so often, we can consider them a genre trope. From Castle Wulfenbach in Girl Genius to the British aircraft carriers in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow to the helicarriers of S.H.I.E.L.D., here is a look at these behemoths of the sky.
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Ulric Leprovost is a French artist with an unmistakable style of his own. I’ve picked the most steampunk-looking pieces from his portfolio.
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A monumental elephant in place of the Arc de Triomphe. An aerodrome in the Jardins de Bagatelle. Multiple Eiffel Towers. Take our tour of the Paris that never was!
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In late 2008, GCSociety launched its largest competition to date called “Steampunk: Myths and Legends”. There was $22,000 in prize money for artists to render traditional myths and legends in the steampunk style, “using elements of gears, springs, brass and steam power.”
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Darek Zabrocki is a concept artist from Poland who has worked on such projects as the video game Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and the movie Maze Runner. There are also a few steam- and dieselpunk pieces among his personal artworks.
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Rumors that the Nazis survived the fall of the Third Reich started to circulate almost as soon as the war in Europe ended in May 1945. There were stories that Adolf Hitler had escaped to Spain or South America. Some of his top lieutenants, notably Martin Bormann, were missing.
The speculation had some basis in reality. There really were efforts to smuggle Nazis out of Europe, but not on the scale Allied intelligence feared in the aftermath of the Second World War. Nor did anyone make serious preparations for a Fourth Reich.
Don’t tell diesel- and atompunk authors, who tend the exaggerate this history to spin wild tales of Nazi conspiracy.
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Didier Graffet is a steampunk artist who is quite well known in his native France but far less so in the English-speaking world. That ought to change; his paintings are gorgeous.
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