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Old 3rd February 2004, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Steampunk?!!!!

Are there any members who want to discuss Steampunk the genre(not the game) or Victorian/Edwardian sci-fi?
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Old 3rd February 2004, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to Ascifi, Cephalopod :wave:

Never even heard the term Steampunk before, but if you mean Sci/Fi writers from the late 1800's to say the late thirties, then you are covering most of the best and worst writers in Sci/Fi:- Verne, Wells, Asimov, Lowe etc.

So pay us a visit in Books and we can commiserate the lack of fine Scirence Fiction writing
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Old 3rd February 2004, 10:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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>>>>>I'll move this to Books & Comics General >>>>>

Ray -- you have heard of this before: Greyhorse posted about it in this thread: link removed as thread no longer exists Also velvertcyberpunk might be another member you could contact Cephalpod.

I haven't read any, but it seems like something I would like. It seems to be a concept that "what if?" Babbage's Difference and Analytical Engines had been made and developed and we had had computers while we were still in the Steam Age.

Cephalpod -- please tell me if I'm wrong on this!

So, who are the authors who are essential reading, and why have we had no films of the books.

BTW Would Michael Moorcock's 'Dancers at the End of Time' series be the original 'Steampunk'? I have read some of those.

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Old 3rd February 2004, 10:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So I have! Blame old age for not being upto the latest euphamisims.

Pity really because I think the Victorians can out Steampunk anybody, having acquired a nice little book from my local junkshop called Beyond the Night by William Brown.

Appears to be much the same as Wells 'First Men in the Moon' but written 20 years or so before and the ship is steam powered.
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There is actually a book out there by William Gibson called The Difference Engine. It follows the alternative time line that maybe would have occurred if Babbages machine had been taken seriously. Ive looked at a few like these but to my shame havent bought them. I remember reading one about the crimean war where the British Empire had aquired atomic bombs or cannon shells thanks to the peculiar metal found in a meteor.
Im not sure if Bob Shaws "The Ragged Astronauts" trilogy could be classed as steampunk but they have the same feel.

Lol, I know I have probably mentioned this before but "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright" (a trilogy of graphic novels) and the sequel "Heart of empire" really have a fantastic steampunk feel. The book is concerned with alternate universes and a lot of the adventures take place on the surviving british empire timelines. Everything is so victorian yet modern. The main story takes place in an England where cromwell seized power but never lost it again. So the year is now 1984 and whats the world like?


Welcome to the forum Cephalpod, hope you like it here.
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Old 5th March 2006, 10:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I just saw the film "The Wild Wild West" for the first time. It isn't a patch on the original TV series which I have seen and wish it was repeated, but it struck me that 'The Wild Wild West' is steampunk. Also 'Adam Ant Lives', another 1960's TV series, could be included. So the idea of Steampunk is quite an old one and it has actually crossed from books to TV and film to answer my earlier query.
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It isn't a patch on the original TV series which I have seen and wish it was repeated, but it struck me that 'The Wild Wild West' is steampunk.
*Nods.* Yeah, "The Wild Wild West" is steampunk. The series "The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne" that ran for a season on th Sci Fi Channel was the last thing I saw on TV that was fun steampunk. "Steamboy" is a recent anime steampunk feature. I haven't seen it, but I've heard good things about it.

A couple of sites about steampunk I can find links to quickly are --
Steampunk: Victorian Adventurers in a Past that Wasn't!
Steampunk Central: The Home of Western Steampunk
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"Steamboy" is a recent anime steampunk feature.
It is currently quite high up in the UK DVD sales charts. Has anyone seen it? I read the cover and it seems like it would be worth a further look.

I'm also reminded now of the original 'Stainless Steel Rat' book by Harry Harrison which I'm sure featured a coal-powered robot complete with a chimney!
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I'm also reminded now of the original 'Stainless Steel Rat' book by Harry Harrison which I'm sure featured a coal-powered robot complete with a chimney!
Real? Cool! I've heard of the "Stainless Steel Rat" a few times, but I've never really looked into it. I think the way I heard about it I figured it was probably more of a science fiction series than I usually read. I'll have to give it a look.
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I've heard of the "Stainless Steel Rat" a few times, but I've never really looked into it. I think the way I heard about it I figured it was probably more of a science fiction series than I usually read. I'll have to give it a look.
You're correct, it is science fiction, but a more humorous take. I just meant that the coal powered robot was a 'steampunk' idea, ahead of it's time. But then, that whole 'comedic scifi' genre - Douglas Adams, Robert Rankin - they also owe much to the 'Stainless Steel Rat'.
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Re: Steampunk?!!!!

I've read 'The Difference Engine' now and would like to read more, but there doesn't seem to be much more out there. I will have to get hold of a 'Steamboy' DVD sometime.

'The Difference Engine' had a number of interesting ideas, quite a lot of name dropping, and it must have taken a great deal of research. There was less description of the technology than I expected, and much more of the socio-political consequences. Some things were different, some things were just the same.

I did find it difficult to follow. There were a number of main characters with overlapping stories, and the book was divided into several Iterations rather than Chapters or parts with an overlapping of themes between the Iterations.

I didn't fully understand the implication of the set of punched cards without it being explained elsewhere.
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I've read 'The Difference Engine' now and would like to read more, but there doesn't seem to be much more out there.
There are a couple of old Chronicles threads on the subject, Dave, which might help you in your quest for more to read -- the first one has a link to a site that has an exhaustive and broadly inclusive list of all things steampunkish:

http://www.chronicles-network.com/fo...ight=steampunk

http://www.chronicles-network.com/fo...ight=steampunk
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Re: Steampunk?!!!!

Other steampunk: Scar Night by Campbell (I've heard it is, I haven't read it yet), The Voyage of the Shadowmoon by McMullen (which was really good) are two that immediately come to mind. And of course there are the out of print (but not out of mind) Goblin Moon books by Teresa Edgerton. I know there's more because I've read them but after a day of wearing three hats at work my brain is barely functional. Thank goodness it is almost over.
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Old 2nd November 2006, 09:52 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Steampunk?!!!!

I think Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle could be described as slightly steampunk (though the movie more than the book, I suppose). And I think Caroline Stevermer's A College of Magics/A Scholar of Magics is steampunk, too.

I usually lump the genre with a sort of alternate history, though. But I generally like historical fantasy that takes place in a world sort of like 1650-1800 Europe- at least, I like it more than the medieval worlds most fantasy authors employ. And I don't really like "current" fantasy, in that I don't have much interest in ones that take place in the present-day. So maybe I'm just REALLY picky!
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Re: Steampunk?!!!!

The original steampunk novel is KW Jeter's Infernal Devices.


Steamboy, by the way, is pretty good. Play were selling the director's cut for £8 not so long ago.
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