Monday, April 26, 2010

Steampunk 101

From Wikipedia:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality.
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely.
Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
Ah, Little's a collection of steampunk weapons:

You have to remember, I dress up for SASS, so it's just a short putt to something weirder...


dillonhelp said...

I warn you, I have an RG 22 SA revolver, a bunch of brass fittings, and a few ideas for attaching a bayonet to it..... Maybe by Winter Range 2011?

Pathfinder said...

FTB: "You have to remember, I dress up for SASS, so it's just a short putt to something weirder..."

With you, MB, it is always a short putt to something weirder.

Remember, I seen your cowboy hat!!

Ladyfox said...

Do not forget the venerable Webley .455 that would be a perfect fit for any kind of Steampunk era outfit. Heck, here is a RPG that even was based on the idea:

BTW, love you on Shooting Gallery which I watch whenever it's on and I even follow your video and audio podcasts now too on my iPhone. ^_^

Kansas Scout said...

Thanks Michael, I just learned something new!

Jeffersonian said...


How are you supposed to aim these things?


Dave S. said...

Not to encourage this, but which real guns are the steam-punkiest?

I'd nominate the Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver. "Automatic revolver" is the essence of Steampunk anachronism.

George said...
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Beaumont said...

The illustrated guns aren't bad, except for the cabinet handles which are apparently intended to sub for both triggers and trigger guards. Which segues into a pet peeve of mine: Why is it that many artists can model a wide variety of objects beautifully, but fall on their faces when asked to depict a functional arm?

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