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What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« on: November 11, 2020, 06:43:15 pm »
What Work Of Fiction Sow The Seed Of Steampunk In You ?

Mine: The Mysterious Cities Of Gold for historical sci fi in general and Wild Wild West for steampunk in particular.
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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2020, 07:40:48 am »
All of Tom Swift (and Jr) set the stage for
All of Robert Heinlein which set the stage for
All of Jules Verne

pretty much by age 11 or 12.

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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 11:39:11 am »
I honestly don't remember a time when I wasn't into the æsthetic. I just remember about twelve years ago I read an article on Wired.com about something called "Steampunk" that was full of photos of that stuff I've always liked.
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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2020, 08:28:54 pm »
I don't know if it was actually a gateway, but ever since reading Sherlock Holmes I've liked the Victorian aesthetic.
Combine that with the visual stuff like the movies based on the Jules Verne stories and I discovered that I liked the fantastical Victorian (or Vic-wardian) steampunk.
And even though I don't care for steampunk that is more 1920s and beyond and the more industrial looking steampunk gadgetry, I can appreciate the work that goes into such creations and builds.
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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2020, 05:13:30 am »
I don't know if it was actually a gateway, but ever since reading Sherlock Holmes I've liked the Victorian aesthetic.
Combine that with the visual stuff like the movies based on the Jules Verne stories and I discovered that I liked the fantastical Victorian (or Vic-wardian) steampunk.
And even though I don't care for steampunk that is more 1920s and beyond and the more industrial looking steampunk gadgetry, I can appreciate the work that goes into such creations and builds.

OMG I complete forgot about Sherlock Holmes! He came right with/after Tom Swift!
and of course Steam Trains from an early age.
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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2020, 06:07:38 am »
All of Tom Swift (and Jr) set the stage for
All of Robert Heinlein which set the stage for
All of Jules Verne

pretty much by age 11 or 12.

So what of RAH led you to Steampunk?  I've read nearly  all of his so-called Juvenile Fiction  and a couple of of his "mature" novels (his good JF ---there is some not so good--- is far better than his adult stuff) and can't quite see how it led you to steampunk.

and btw... I hesitated to mention it at the time, but your short work of fiction with the berserker soldier...I did see hints of Starship Troopers in it, and was going to ask you if you had ever read it. ( S-T is one of my favorite Heinlein stories, along with  Citizen of the Galaxy and the Star Beast. I have read all of those more than a dozen times each.)

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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2021, 07:54:18 pm »
Doc Savage & ERB, especially John Carter.  Neither are specifically SP but they have a similar vibe.

Maybe a series of overly SP stories about Clark Savage Senior's alluded to adventures need written.

SP has given me more appreciation for Jules Verne. 

I am a RAH fan but I am not quite getting that SP connection. 

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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2021, 05:19:50 am »
I saw a poster at the local library for a Vagabond Opera concert and bought tickets on a whim.  I had seen a few images of SP on line but the music combined with the look live on stage got me hooked.   

PS I met Eric Stern of the band at Steamposium a few years later.  He is a real gentleman as well as truly talented.

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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2021, 01:16:49 pm »
I'd read The Difference Engine probably in the early ought's. I knew it was steampunk, but hadn't thought much of the genre.

We'd been doing renfair stuff for prolly 20 years, but around 2015 or so, I decided to do other cosplay stuff. Chainsaw hand guy, Star trek guy, and steampunk guy.

That grew into going to Steampunk November and having 3 outfits for 3 days, and assorted props.

Ultimately, I like to make stuff, so steampunk unlocked new projects like the flight pack for my friend's Steampunk Captain Marvel I built last year.


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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2021, 05:38:41 pm »


 I fell upon a series of inspirational images  of a steamy nature while googling "Tiki Style vintage" for an assignment in my marketing papers.  Steampunk and dieselpunk fitted in with my general aesthetic of vintage, futuristic and industrial.

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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2021, 03:33:04 pm »
Michael Moorcock. 'The Warlord of the Air'. Lovely alternative history. Still remember the pleasure of spotting Lt. Michael Jagger on Imperial service.

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Re: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2022, 09:19:43 pm »
Beyond the classics of Vern? Honestly the girl genius comics along wit ha slew of short stories set in the conceptual framework of the barsoomian martians.

But truth be told one can thank Alan moore, or rather the lothed lovechild between moore and hollywood that is league of extraordinary gentlemen.

Though I rather like a fan's take o na hypothetical sequel far FAR better than the third book we actually got as it has a far FAR less gleefully destroying any cheer and sense of fun the setting has.

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