Philip Reeve doesn't like steampunk
At least, not anymore. From his blog:
So Mr Reeve wonders why we nostalgics don't revel in the wonders of the Atomic Age instead. He coins "Atompunk" (which, he later admits, is a term that's already floated out there for a while). It seems rather like what we know as "Dieselpunk" though...The Guardian sat up and noticed Steampunk this week . The article itself is so cursory that it's barely worth reading, but there are a lot of interesting comments, including one by Lyndon Ap Gwynfryn which echoes my own growing doubts: "Steampunk is the stupidest of all subgenres of speculative fiction... To retrospectively associate contemporary Victorian science fiction, which was forward looking and progressive, with a self consciously anachronistic and frivolous genre like steampunk is deeply insulting to great writers like Wells and Verne."
But me and Mr Ap Gwynfryn are clearly pretty much alone in feeling this way, (although one of the other comments says, rather perceptively, "Zzzzzzzz") There's no point in complaining: the rise and rise of steamy punky things now seems unstoppable.