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Author Topic: So... what is your short answer of explaining SP?  (Read 2291 times)
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« on: August 07, 2008, 02:44:52 am »

Being relatively new to steampunk, I guess I haven't thought of a short answer to the question "What is Steampunk?"  I have been asked a few dozen times now, and to my friends and acquaintances, I give them the 30 minute version (if they last that long) of what steampunk is.   However, I have gotten a few blank stares as I start in on the longer explaination.  I found out what worked for a few people who don't get it is a VERY simplified answer - "Victorian Sci-Fi, you know, like Jules Verne or  H.G. Wells."   That satisfies them as an instant answer, but does anyone have a better short answer?  We all know that's not really an accurate answer, but sometimes I find people don't want to hear that much about it, they just want a general idea.     Any input?

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008, 02:49:11 am »

'' A past civilisation (preferably the peoples of the 19th\early-20th century) with a modern or futuristic technology'' if more explaination is asked said '' like Jule Verne''. No need of anything else.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008, 03:09:57 am »

If I get that question while in costume, I just say "This."

But otherwise, I like to say "A future un-taken."
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2008, 03:51:27 am »

A past that wasn't but looks as though it might have been...
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008, 03:53:46 am »

Victorian Sci-Fi as written by Sid Vicious
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008, 05:50:15 am »

I just say that it's a bunch of people that wished they lived in a Jules Verne novel.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2008, 07:36:16 am »

Or rather "A future not taken"
Pardon my incorrect "English".
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2008, 11:06:24 am »

the future seen through eyes of the past
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2008, 11:36:18 am »

I use "an alternative future from an alternate past" Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2008, 12:20:01 pm »

"a term coined in the late '80s to describe Victorian alternate history science fiction, a world of Babbage computers, steam engines, and airships"--Robert Bee
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2008, 12:46:28 pm »

When approached by the curious individuals at Kew Gardens at the weekend, the most of us answered somehting along the lines of "something like Victorian Science Fiction, think Jules Verne" and that seemed to satisfy them sufficiently. Thank goodness people still know who Jules Verne is/was. I DO like the explanation "Victorian Sci-Fi as written by Sid Vicious." I will remember that!

References to Steampunk in the mainstream press nearly always refer to it as a literary genre, often catagorised (rightly or wrongly) as a sub-genre of fantasy/science fiction.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2008, 09:01:11 pm »

Thank you all for your great ideas!   Gives me several ideas on how to answer that question.
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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2014, 11:31:31 pm »

I guess my answer would be "How I wish things could be." Sorry for the late answer but I've just joined and it takes time to read everything.
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« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2014, 11:38:24 pm »

See also the thread Steampunk business type card  A lot of the same ideas come up.
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2014, 03:54:16 am »

Uhh... I'd say my short explanation needs work, as I've gotten the reply, "You lost me at Victorian/Neo-Victorian."
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2014, 04:48:14 am »

I guess my answer would be "How I wish things could be." Sorry for the late answer but I've just joined and it takes time to read everything.

Wow! That's one heck of a necomantic jump!  2008 to 2014.  That's 6 years.  Welcome to the forum, but for the moment I'm confiscating your time machine!
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2014, 04:55:46 am »

One of the first 'alternative history' books was called If Things had Happened Otherwise..., works for me.
Or, a past in which Otto Benz's daughter Mercedes was to only one...Wink
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2014, 10:45:35 pm »

I guess my answer would be "How I wish things could be." Sorry for the late answer but I've just joined and it takes time to read everything.

Wow! That's one heck of a necomantic jump!  2008 to 2014.  That's 6 years.  Welcome to the forum, but for the moment I'm confiscating your time machine!
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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2014, 11:25:25 pm »

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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2014, 11:40:14 pm »

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« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2014, 09:42:50 am »

I would have also thought it's the way the current time would be imagined in the past.
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« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2014, 12:16:15 pm »

I have been saying "The way the Future was" since before Jeter made his joke.

Lately, I have liked the recent Key and Peele definition of "Jules Verne and sh*t."
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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2014, 07:54:23 pm »

Ach!  Dr., you beat me to the punch!  I'm a fan of the Key and Peele response.

http://brassgoggles.org/forum/index.php/topic,44046.0.html
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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2014, 08:56:15 am »

Question:
    
So... what is your short answer of explaining SP?

Rabbinical Scholar Answer:

What is your short answer to the Meaning of Life?

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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2014, 06:54:03 pm »

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