Today Tor’s blog asks readers to comment on the appeal of Steampunk. Take a look-see here .
My comments, reproduced for posterity:
Steam power brought in the beginning of a new age in technology, much like the advent of the computer has in our own era. There’s a sense of wonder and unbridled enthusiasm. “We can do anything, and nuts to he who says otherwise” seems to be the motto of the day.
It’s dynamic, it’s elegant, and it’s unapologetically fun. Hiding among the leather and the brass and the steam is a world we wished we lived in, a reactionary response to the breakneck speeds at which the technology of the future becomes our reality. We come to terms with the future by living, just for a little while, in the past.
…and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love monocles? I wouldn’t be sad if Victorian fashion made a huge comeback. Just sayin’.