What is #Steampunk ?

I had been wanting to post about my thoughts about “What is Steampunk?” for some time, but have hesitated as there are so many directions to go about it from. However, this post comes very close to my definition, and has the added benefit of being very well and entertainingly written (picnic-hamper-of-holding–I want one!)

Maybe I’ll write later about “What is not Steampunk?” or at least why we should keep that admonition to ourselves a bit more often.

Penny Blake

Select one hundred Steampunk enthusiasts at random from various corners of the globe, place them in a parlour with sufficient supplies of tea, cake (and of course a little La Fee Verte) and ask them to come up with a definitive answer to the universal quandary: ‘What Is Steampunk?’ and you will likely still find them in a state of cordial dispute when the final trumpet sounds and the apocalyptic horsemen clear their throats and ask politely if anyone would care to open the parlour door and take note that the world had, in fact, come to an end and could they all please be so kind as to step outside and commence panicking?

Of course apocalyptic prophesies have not yet taken account of the evolution of Steampunks.

At this point every Lady and Gentleman in the room will swiftly tip their last shot of absinthe into their cup of…

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