What do you get when Johnny Rotten takes a real hot shower?

September 10, 2008

Steampunk, of course. What is steampunk, you ask? Well, let’s ask the most reputable source on all matters, wikipedia:

Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date…[read on]”

Here’s where you need to stop imagining Johnny in a corset. But seriously, I like a good steamy tale with a bit of punk in it. Who wouldn’t? Think of it! Feeding punch cards into a steam powered analytical engine. Siding with Sir Rodger Fitzpatrick Rutherford III on Mars while quelling a native rebellion with etheric oscillators. Signing onto an zeppelin crew in search of Her Majesty who has been kidnapped by clockwork steam robots. (All previous ideas copyright (c) 2008 by crodrazine.wordpress.com). The possibilities are only bound by what could be in what once was.

Here’s my top six favorite steampunk odditites (this week anyway):

1. Dr. Grobdbort’s Rayguns: http://www.wetanz.com/holics/index.php?catid=4
2. Steampunk Sith: http://ericpoulton.blogspot.com/2007/02/steampunk-star-wars-lord-vader.html
3. Movie – Steamboy (I even own it): http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/steamboy/index.html
4. TV – The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (when will this series be on DVD? Come on! Maybe you’re lucky and have Space instead of SciFi channel, eh? I might finally give in and pirate it off ebay…): http://www.spacecast.com/shows_3313.aspx
5. Novel – The Time Ships by Steven Baxter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Ships
6. This cool steampunk desktop. Read about it on http://steampunkworkshop.com/lcd.shtml

Honorable mention – Dr. Who Episode, The Girls in the Fireplace: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/episodes/2006/girlinthefireplace.shtml

All in all, though, I like my steampunk to be in a movie, on TV, or in a book. I’m not too sure about steampunk music and fashion. I find it a bit creepy, like adults who trick or treat without kids. There’s a lady where I work who wears black petticoats and corsets and she’s all old an wrinkly. It’s good entertainment from far away, but up close, it gives me the shivers.


3 Responses to “What do you get when Johnny Rotten takes a real hot shower?”

  1. Punky Brewster said

    Nice post.

    My favorite steampunkish novel is Neal Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age”.

    Stephenson has churned out more steamy pages with his “Baroque Cycle” than almost anyone else currently writing in this genre. AND he has just released another steamy 1000 page tome called “Anathem”. Will take me 6 months to get through it.

    You are right… When are we going to get Jules Verne on DVD?!?!

  2. […] insane world domination plots), a science fiction/alternate history vehicle (in a similar vein to steampunk) and there was always an element of comedy (always brings a smile to see Loveless in the same scene […]

  3. WebPulp said

    The Girl in the Fireplace has been the best episode of the new Dr. Who. I’m gonna have to buy the season just to have a copy of it.

    Let’s not forget one of my favorites: The League of Extrordinary Gentlemen – the graphic novel, not the film. The film revealed too much about some of the characters.

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