Victorian Secret

You know how it is. You think it’s only a passing fancy and think nothing of it. But you find yourself noticing it more and more. Eventually you realise – you are quite taken with the whole Steampunk thing.

I’ve always been a speculative fiction sort of guy. In particular, I like it when people take something from the past and play with the “what if’s”. Even if the thing from the past is fictional – for example, I love some of the “elseworlds” scenarios that DC comics has published (The best of these, I think, are “Secret Identity” and “The Dark Knight Returns”).

However, lately I’ve realised how much I’ve been enjoying things that fall into the Steampunk category. Movies such as “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, “Wild, Wild West”, The Brothers Grimm” and even “Brazil” with their visions of a steam driven technology and pseudo-Victorian motif.

There’s a whole bunch of people now creating fancifully decorated high tech objects in leather and brass with a Victoriana aura.

There’s a good sample of them over at the Steampunk Workshop.

The Boston Globe has a Really Good article on steampunk, and I think they sum it up so well, saying:

“In all of the new steampunk design there is a strong nostalgia for a time when technology was mysterious and yet had a real mark of the craftsperson burnished into it”

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1 Response to “Victorian Secret”


  1. 1 Christine October 13, 2008 at 10:13 am

    http://www.datamancer.net/steampunklaptop/steampunklaptop.htm

    I highly suggest The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling if you haven’t already read it.

    I’m also quite a fan of the clockpunk concept.

    … it’s probably about time I stopped procrastinating.


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