Steampunk is a subculture on its own right! It is a subgenre of speculative fiction in the family of science, fantasy, terror fiction, which incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery and the anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting (wikipedia). Steampunk could be further described by the slogan «What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.
We could distinguish Steampunk in Medieval Steampunk, which relates to a speculative fiction set during the Middle Ages. The Victorian Steampunk, a modern Science Fiction work (post-1930s) that is set in the early parts of the industrial revolution, the Western Steampunk ‘s Science fiction sets in the American Old West., and the Industrial/Modern Steampunk’s Science fiction is taking place in the late industrial age, early modern age; i.e. World War 1, World War 2.
Steampunks often meet in real life through steampunk conventions. They love their community; they participate in group projects, congregate online, share ideas, designs, and how-to projects, modding and even sell their own steampunk wares. Steampunks value an environmentally friendly bent. Their vision is to make the old new again and they often reuse and recycle objects creating beautiful steampunk fashion , art, jewels, even energy efficient motorbikes and cars.
A real statement piece of the green steampunk inventions is the Neverwas Haul, a self-propelled Victorian house created by the Academy of Unnatural Sciences in Berkeley, California. It was originally made for the 2006 Burning Man Festival and is made of 75% recycled materials and runs on an alternative fuel source. and today it is available to private rentals.
Some of the more common and well-known steampunk conventions include:
– Burning Man
– Maker Faire
– The Asylum, Lincoln
– The Steampunk World’s Fair (SPWF)
– Up in the Aether: The Steampunk Convention