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Steampunk

by on June 16th, 2014

If you’ve been perusing our summer reading program calendar, you’ve noticed that we’ll be hosting a steampunk DIY event from 2:00-3:00 p.m. tomorrow in the Koza Family Teen Center. But maybe you’ve no idea what this means, and the define:steampunk tool on Google isn’t cutting it.

Here’s how Jeff Vandermeer defines it in The Steampunk Bible An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature:

Steampunk = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention (steam x airship or metal man/ baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian (or Edwardian) settings] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot. (p. 9)

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src: Rachel Frank

Or maybe you’re already familiar with the aesthetic, but never knew it had a name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6-AmXihFsU

For a fantastic primer on the genre of steampunk, as well as some literary and cinematic examples thereof, check out Steampunk: An Introduction for Teens by NYPL’s Anne Rouyer.

If all of this is old hat to you and you’d like to delve deeper into that “progressive or reactionary politics” business, try these links:

The Intersection of Race and Steampunk: Colonialism’s After-Effects & Other Stories, from a Steampunk of Colour’s Perspective

Steampunk Postcoloniality

And for even MOAR perspectives and resources, check out Tor’s Steampunk Week Series.

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