29 January 2019

Video of the day -- steampunk

"Steampunk" is a genre of SF/fantasy based on an alternate reality in which mechanical, especially steam-powered, technology prevails instead of electronic technology.  It's inspired by early efforts at mechanical computing such as the Babbage engine, and by the works of writers like HG Wells and Jules Verne imagining advanced machines based on the principles known in their time.  In this reality, things like robots, giant aircraft, and prosthetic limbs are fully developed by the late 19th century, but based on very different principles than their real-world counterparts.

Steampunk is more about art and imagery than storytelling.  Fiction does exist, but the focus is more on depicting what the steampunk world looks like than how it works or how it got the way it is.  Designs are often whimsical or wildly extrapolative, while clothes and architecture often have a quasi-Victorian or sometimes "wild west" look that contrasts with all the weird machinery.  The video above is a sampling of steampunk art, with steampunk-inspired music.  Some more info on the genre is here and here.


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Is steampunk still a thing? I know it was big a few years ago but I thought it was in decline these days. Then again, I'm not part of the scene, so what do I know, LOL?

29 January, 2019 20:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey very nice blog!

30 January, 2019 11:13  
Blogger Adam said...

I've heard the name, wasn't sure what it was.

30 January, 2019 14:35  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I don't know. But, then, I'm not really concerned with how popular it is.

Anon: Thanks.

Adam: Well, now you know.....:-)

30 January, 2019 17:02  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

That was interesting. Some of my friends read steampunk style romance novels where the setting is a steampunk style city. That type of novel has never called to me but it's interesting to see there is steampunk music as well. I didn't know about that.

31 January, 2019 10:11  
Blogger Martha said...

I really like the imagery. It's very appealing and very fascinating!

31 January, 2019 16:47  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary: Well, then we both learned something. I didn't know there were steampunk novels, much less romance novels.

Martha: Glad you found it interesting! Steampunk certainly has a very distinctive aesthetic all its own.

31 January, 2019 17:06  
Anonymous Professor Taboo said...

Many thanks Infidel for the link! Your new discovery of my long fondness for the subculture is appreciated. It is indeed still very much alive! Why? Because like H.G. Wells time-traveling, it evolves, morphs, adapts, and is very rarely boxed-in or confined into strict, impenetrable, immutable definitions... in style or time! That's fine art, huh? (wink)

31 January, 2019 19:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Indeed, it's hard to define steampunk, but you know it when you see it.....I'm far from an expert, but the parallel-world ambience and the strong British undertones definitely appeal to me.

31 January, 2019 20:14  

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