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Author Topic: The Saints of Steampunk (NOT a religious discussion)  (Read 16733 times)
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« on: September 01, 2010, 11:30:29 pm »

When it comes to steampunk whom do you turn for inspiration or point to as an ideal?

So, who are your "Steampunk Saints"?  Tesla?  Edison?  Von Slatt? Or do you ask youself "What Would Nemo Do"?

Certainly we are all self-motivated to one degree or another, but even the most independant of us will look externally for, if nothing else, something to appreciate.
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 12:05:33 am »


Although not strictly 'period' I think that Leonardo da Vinci has to be well up there, artist, engineer, scientist, inventor, architect and all round loony
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 12:17:25 am »

Although not strictly 'period' I think that Leonardo da Vinci has to be well up there, artist, engineer, scientist, inventor, architect and all round loony
A good choice...
And a fine example of why we should occasionally look beyond the period for inspiration.

While I am not a full convert, the philosophy that steampunk is an aethetic rather than a genre has some merit in cases such as this.
To narrow our scope rather than expand them would almost run counter to the notions that drive steampunk...
However, borrowing ideas from past, future, present and never-was and then applying the steampunk aethetic seems to unite us all quite well as an idealogical family as we persue our various unique visions.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 12:40:06 am »

well, It is perhaps not too deep in steampunk, other than being Lovecraft related...

but I've always been rather inspired by Dr. Herbert West
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 06:03:31 am »


Although not strictly 'period' I think that Leonardo da Vinci has to be well up there, artist, engineer, scientist, inventor, architect and all round loony

And go a few years the other way and you'll meet Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, who (at least as Michael Redgrave portrayed him) makes one immediately think "Spark."
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 08:21:47 am »

Benjamin Franklin.

if DaVinci is the Grandfather, Franklin is dad.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 08:43:56 am »

Fred Dibnah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Dibnah

I met him in 1984 as well Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2010, 09:59:11 am »

This forum as a whole.. Wink

I don't look at any individuals for inspiration. There are too many great names, and trying to emulate them would only lead to catastrophic failure, which would be quite depressing. Instead, I look at all the wondrous stuff that gets posted here and make little mental notes of the stuff I find particularly interesting. Usually little details that i could incorporate in projects of my own, etc.
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2010, 10:42:34 am »

I don't think we can omit Babbage.  And on the literary/visionary front, obviously Jules Verne.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2010, 11:37:16 am »

I second Babbage, and will go further and suggest that he is the patron Saint of Street Musicians.

Saint(ess) Lovelace, or would that be Our Lady Lovelace
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2010, 12:00:22 pm »

well, It is perhaps not too deep in steampunk, other than being Lovecraft related...
but I've always been rather inspired by Dr. Herbert West

You may not know it but Lovecraft's Herbert West character was very much a Victorian, extremely sci-fi, and therefore absolutely  steampunk. 

Lovecraft (b. 1890) published the serialized and poorly received "Herbert West—Reanimator" from 1921-22.  According to the Lovecraft timeline, by that time Dr West had already graduated from medical school, done some medical experiments, and disappeared, so the character was certainly born before the Victorian era formally ended in 1901. markf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_West%E2%80%93Reanimator

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2010, 01:05:06 pm »

Saint(ess) Lovelace, or would that be Our Lady Lovelace


You beat me to it  Grin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2010, 01:35:49 pm »

Brunel, Joshua Norton, Jack the Ripper, Edward William Barton-Wright, anyone who showed an ounce of creativity, guile or genius.
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2010, 01:39:19 pm »

Writers
HG Wells
E Rice Burroughs.
Jules Verne

Characters
Holmes & Watson
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2010, 01:48:41 pm »

Just to add a few...

Nikola Tesla, Alberto Santos-Dumont, James Clerk Maxwell, Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol (invented the steam powered submarine), and Walter Wellman.
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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2010, 02:06:00 pm »

Brunel and Babbage are the ones that sprung to mind the second I read the title
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2010, 04:11:18 pm »

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1st woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain)
Catherine "Skittles" Walters
Blanche d'Antigny
Sir Richard Burton (aka: 'dirty dick')
Mary Kingsley
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2010, 04:16:29 pm »

forgot about Mary Anning Shocked
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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2010, 04:39:26 pm »

Ah well, lets see... Steampunk/ Victorian Saints.

Real:
Mark Twain


His attitude in society and outlook on life really say it all.

James Brooke (the Rajah of Sarawak)

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Soldier, Sailor & the scourge of the Borneo Pirates. Managed to get a Knighthood and carved out his own island kingdom.

Al Swearengen (Here represented by Ian McShane)

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Scheming, underhanded, cut- throat, quick witted and pioneering. The real Al Swearengen was no one to be trifled with.

Allan Pinkerton

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An immigrant and self made man. Trustworthy, reliable and thorough.... you can count on Alan Pinkerton (Lincoln did...).

Beau Brummell

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A true socialite icon, and a master of sartorial skill. Women wanted to be with him, men wanted to copy his drink.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Master of engineering and innovation. Many of his inventions and ideas (like the vacuum train) were way ahead of his time. "Making steel & killing men".

William Poole (a.k.a Bill the Butcher, here rep. by Daniel Day Lewis)

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Tough, uncompromising and thoroughly brutal.


Fictional:

Harry Paget Flashman


This cad is one hillarious rogue, his adventures all over the globe are really singular, as well as his take on famous historical figures & events.

Richard Sharpe

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The ultimate bad- ass. Richard Sharpe takes no guff from any man, and often as not walks hand- in- hand with death.

Edmond Dantes (a.k.a the Count of Monte Christo)

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Master of revenge, seeker of justice, The Count was perhaps one of the first literary vigilantes & crime fighters ala Bruce Wayne.


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« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2010, 04:54:40 pm »

Pinkertons were scum.
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« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2010, 05:05:51 pm »

Pinkertons were scum.


Personal opinions aside, they were quite effectacious. And Allan Pinkerton was a very dynamic individual. The agency exists still today, so they must have been doing something right!

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« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2010, 06:33:47 pm »

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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2010, 07:53:08 pm »

Oh! Nice one, Reverend!
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« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2010, 08:38:26 pm »

I am reminded of "The Venture Bros." episode ORB...


You can't see him in this picture, but Crowley is there, too.

This is just moments before they fall under an attack from Tesla.
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« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2010, 09:54:46 pm »

I would definitely put Leonardo da Vinci in the saint class. Most of the others in the guru or hero classes.

Someone not so far mentioned is John Smeaton http://www.engineering-timelines.com/who/Smeaton_J/smeatonJohn.asp  who built the first durable lighthouse on the eddystone rock: http://www.cichw.net/pmlight4.html No steam as such but blood sweat tears and shear great engineering. He did the first ever proper cement science to find a decent cement for the blocks.

The Stephvensons of course, Watt, Brunel and Lovelace have to be in my hero group

Verne, Conan Doyle, HG Wells would be the core of my guru group
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