Are Steampunks Running the Risk of Losing their Polite Reputation?

Datamancer Seafarer keyboard £1,372.69The internet is a wonderful place. It holds all of human wisdom and knowledge. It’s a place where you can go and voice your opinion knowing that someone out there will see it. Over the years it’s gotten to be a place where the people who would normally simply sound off to a few friends in the pub now have a platform of thousands, if not millions to listen to them. Continue reading “Are Steampunks Running the Risk of Losing their Polite Reputation?”

Do steampunk accessories need a function?

Accessories can be goggles
These goggles are my own used in a shoot. Image copyright Matt Grayson for The Hellfire Club

In a made up universe that relies heavily on science fiction, fantasy and imagination, do we really need to ensure that all our accessories have a purpose? Should our gears that we stick to our hats be functional? Even if that function is make-believe? Continue reading “Do steampunk accessories need a function?”

Sorry Early Steampunk Adopters, Making it to the Party Early Doesn’t Make it Your Party

 I don’t usually court controversy. I do my best to stay out of the debates over whether or not something is “really” Steampunk because all they do is make me angry. Preferring instead to look at the things people have called … Continue reading Sorry Early Steampunk Adopters, Making it to the Party Early Doesn’t Make it Your Party

Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Future

The Future can be a confusing part of steampunk. Not everyone realises what an integral part of the culture it is. We all know that science fiction is one of the foundations, but still people argue that steampunk ends at the World Wars. If that’s the case, then there can be no future for steampunk. I don’t mean that literally, I mean there can be no steampunks from or in the future. Obviously science fiction doesn’t just mean the future, however this part of time is largely ignored. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Future”

Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Present

The laptop that started it all
The first Datamancer steampunk laptop

Considering the fact that we’re submerged in a culture that hasn’t moved past design of the 19th century, incorporating the present day into steampunk is both challenging and inventive. One of my favourite parts of steampunk is taking something completely modern and giving it a design that looks like it was made over 100 years ago. Nobody did that better than Datamancer, in my opinion, although there are some wonderful creators on the scene now. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Present”

Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Past

7315There’s no denying where we get our inspiration from. Regardless of whether you’re a top hatted Victorian gentleman strolling through the park on a delightful summer’s evening or if you’re a deep space explorer using a self recycling steam powered quantum engine to travel through the stars, there will be some kind of connection to the Victorian era in your designs. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe – The Past”

Chronology of a steampunk universe

9880Before we start, this isn’t an article documenting the historical time line of the creation of steampunk. I’ve been very careful with how I word the title. It’s a chronology of A steampunk universe, not THE steampunk universe. Yours could be very different.

I’m trying to work out where steampunk starts and ends. There are a variety of theories, so I figured I would put mine out there as well. Continue reading “Chronology of a steampunk universe”