Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century, or a post apocalyptic environment. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, and China Mieville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.
Same here because of this article: The BBC series Doctor Who also incorporates steampunk elements in the design of the Doctor's time machine, the TARDIS, first presented in the 1996 American co-production when the TARDIS interior was re-designed to resemble an almost Victorian library with the central control console made up of eclectic and anachronistic objects. Modified and streamlined for the 2005 revival of the series, the TARDIS console continues to incorporate steampunk elements, including a Victorian typewriter and gramophone. Steampunk has begun to attract notice from more "mainstream" sources as well. For example, the episode of the TV series Castle entitled "Punked", which aired on October 11, 2010, prominently featured the steampunk subculture and used Los Angeles-area steampunks as extras
There needs to be a neutral option... so I just voted 'What??'
The aesthetics of it are quite interesting. Not always feasible from a technological standpoint, as many steampunk settings take a lot of artistic liberties on actual mechanical workings or just add magic as a catchall explanation... steampunk settings are generally created by artists and writers, not engineers). Still, it manages to come up with some cool, if impractical, gadgets and alternate history (and if we all read things for how realistic it is, then there would be no such thing as escapism, no?).
The one thing that swings my opinion towards the 'UGH' standpoint is that it seems to be a default way of spicing up a story. It's Shakespeare... BUT STEAMPUNK! It's D&D-style fantasy.... BUT STEAMPUNK! It's classic literature... BUT STEAMPUNK! We have a love/revenge/whatever story... but we need a way to make it more interesting... oh, I know! STEAMPUNK! I'm tired of stories where any genre aesthetic is applied with little justification, and has no bearing or improvements on the core story, or when it's the only shred of creative ability applied to a given work. In my personal experience, steampunk is just a genre where this happens a little too much.
The TLDR version: I enjoy the aesthetics of steampunk. I guess I'm just fatigued by its haphazard application to so many stories without any other artistic vision.
Call me a nerd or hipster but my problem is that most of the people who make steampunk stuff dont make actually steampunk things, they do clokworkpunk (no offense to the true steampunks) but the true reason i'm not a fan of steampunk, i'm more like a dieselpunk guy just like it better thats all
I love it. As style and fashion goes, it contains some of the most beautiful, intriguing and inspiring elements I have ever encountered. It is, as I see it, a time of innovation and opportunity yet still filled with mysteries and "uncharted territory". A breaking point where new meets old, creation meets sturdy reliability. Also, I have a fetish for cogwheels and clockwork:3
*deep breath* Steampunk is a genre of speculative retro-futuristic science fiction often set during the VIctorian Era in which the technology of the time became more advanced more quickly, leading to, among many other things: Steam-powered computers, armies of giant steam robots and fleets of Airships and Dirigibles, with their own respective sky pirates. This is one of many common interpretations and everyone has their own ideas.
alright I'm convinced That's pretty cool... not saying I'm going to be doing steampunk art or anything but I can see the appeal in the retro style and steam powered technology. sort of makes me want to build a some sort of steam locomotive