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Steampunk Explorers League Meetup Group -- Northwest Chicago Message Board › Steampunk books you'd recommend, and other stuff...

Steampunk books you'd recommend, and other stuff...

A former member
Post #: 239
Ok, I know I'm starting threads willy nilly but I have hard time keeping certain things to myself when I find something cool that I think others might enjoy or should check out. I thought I kind of knew what steampunk was. This book was loaned to me by a member of this group. After reading it a bit, I realized I am woefully uneducated about the true origins of steampunk and all the subgenres related to it.

http://steampunkbible...­

This is a great book I read last year, and it's a bit dark, but I read it long before this group was created. I just happened to find his book at the library last year (remember those?) I'm one of those old school folks that still likes to hold an actual book as a I read it (I know, I know, the Nook and Kindle are supposed to be awesome, but I'm always worried about dropping something like that...books can take some abuse, electronics...not so much).

http://www.dexterpalm...­

Speaking of steampunk in the African American community, I thought some might find this interesting. The term "steamfunk" has been coined...

http://chroniclesofha...­

http://dreamandhustle...­
Tracy
user 75110642
Bloomingdale, IL
Post #: 13
While there are schools of thought some people might adhere to, there really aren't any rules. SP is what you make of it. Some come at it from a fashion angle, some literature, others the gadgets & the freedom with creativity. You can read about it sure, but when you apply it, and this is the fantastic thing about SP, it's all about you & how you want to put your own stamp on it. The clothes make us stand out, the sense of community, belonging & acceptance make us exceptional.
A former member
Post #: 240
I think personally, I'm more interested in the science (and science fiction) behind it, then the "look". (That part is cool too though) I find the "scientific" illustrations by Wells and Verne intriguing since Verne actually wanted possible inventions related to his stories that could exist and function. I also find it interesting that steampunk tends to be looked at in a "romantic" way when the actual Victorian period was not great for certain classes of people at the time, in many areas of the world. I realize that's been changed somewhat in the alternate reality view of it in certain novels, etc, etc. I just find different points of view about steampunk within different cultures, interesting to read.

This may give some of you a giggle...

http://hubpages.com/h...­
Tracy
user 75110642
Bloomingdale, IL
Post #: 14
That's why I've heard SP referred to as Neo-Victorian. The Victorian era wasn't great for a lot of people for a lot of reasons but you can say the same thing about now.
A former member
Post #: 242
*Runs to Wiki to look up their fancy Neo-Victorian definition*... smile

http://en.wikipedia.o...­

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