Reblogging this tonight. It is a good jumping off point for tomorrow’s blog.
For the past week, this blog has been dedicated to describing the building blocks of the Steampunk Literary genre: Setting, Characterization and Plot. But how do we define Steampunk? There are as many definitions as there are Steampunk enthusiasts. Here is a small sample:
- Neo-Victorian Retro-Futurism (my personal favourite), though I might modify that to Neo-Vicwardian Retro-Futurism.
- Quasi-Victorian Alternate History
- A subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world. (Dictionary.com)
- A subgenre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. (Wikipedia)
- a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. (Oxford Dictionary)
I favour inclusionistic definitions, rather than definitions than exclude possibilities. Once…
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