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Author Topic: What Was Your Gateway To Steampunk ?  (Read 127 times)
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« on: November 11, 2020, 07:43:15 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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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2020, 08:40:48 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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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 12:39:11 pm »

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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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2020, 09:28:54 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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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2020, 06:13:30 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.
Much much better than diesel.

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2020, 07:07:38 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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