A genre where stories are set in a Victorian, or Edwardian, inspired alternate reality where steam power is still widely used. Steampunk stories can also be set in a fantasy world that features 19th century inspired technology. The genre combines elements of fantasy and science fiction.
It’s more than just a genre.
Contrary to science fiction where the mechanics are obscured from view, the steampunk aesthetic frequently showcases the inner workings of machines. Moving gears such as clockwork are often exposed. Functionality is evident in design. There is also an emphasis on craftsmanship and the handmade.
Common materials include polished brass, iron, wood, and leather.
Clothing also draws from the do-it-yourself, handmade, movement. Historical elements such as corsets, parasols, and top hats are borrowed then mixed with more modern elements.
So that’s a quick guide to steampunk. Feel free to add and append this definition in the comments!
But if you’re just starting out, you probably really do suck. That’s not a bad thing. It just means there’s more to learn.
And to cap off today’s musings, a pocket sized, honest to goodness, true story.
“Put me in the intermediate class.” E said.
“Are you sure?” I replied. “You’ve only skated a couple times. Do you even know how to stop?”
“Yeah. It should be easy.”
“OK, if you say so…”
One class later.
“I was the worst guy out there! I couldn’t even keep up! Can they transfer me to the beginners class? I don’t even know how to stop.”
“I thought you said you did!”
“Yeah but only by grabbing the walls.”