Steampunk is a subgenre of Science Fiction, and a thriving subculture. When I think of Steampunk, I think of stories and fashion based on Victorian (Age of Steam) sensibilities with a dystopian/punk rock aesthetic. A bit of Jane Austin fights the power. Of course the fun element is merging this art with modern technology retrofitted to appear Victorian – that is where an amazing amount of crafting and etsy shops blossom.
I am no stranger to subcultures – especially in the music scene. While I’ve never gone full force, I’ve dipped my toes in one or another most of my life and found most of them have elements in common. They all have distinctive fashion and style. Many have a music genre to call their own also. But they all fill an emotional need – and that is what draws in the hardcore members. The easy example to go with is Goth. Kids are programmed have a certain degree of normal teen angst and often going Goth allows them to acknowledge and deal with that angst on the surface. Of course, many people like to wear black and listen to dark music, but the true Goth embraces the emotional support of others just like them. An outsider embracing the outside and finding a place to belong – it’s a basic human need.
SteamPunk, just like Goth, fills an emotional need to belong. What I love about SteamPunk is that it acknowledges a sense that we do not belong. SteamPunk creates a time that did not exist, whose elements do not belong together. The melding of an artificial past with a future not likely to exist has created a place where anyone can co-exist and build a world. It is not a depressing place like Goth can be, but rather a place of pure fantasy.
People have been adopting the SteamPunk aesthetic lately just because it is stylistically appealing. I certainly love Victorian fashion, aviator goggles, parasols and corsets. Some people love the gears, brass and futurist tech. Steampunk will likely take its place beside Goth, as something everyone knows about. Goggles and geared jewelry will find there way into Hot Topic, but not everyone will be into it. This is of course just fine with me.
If you’d like to immerse yourself in some more SteamPunk info check out these links I’ve gathered.
By SJ Davis
Genre: steampunk and vampires
In Victorian London, at the beginning of the Industrial Age and the height of man’s obsession with alchemy, scientists gave birth to the foundation of modern genetic science. As steampunk airships cut across the foggy city ofGravesend, vampires are brought to life.
But instead of scavengers prowling the fringe of society, these creatures have evolved to be the respected organizers of the Society, a universal religion, and the Guardians of Science.
One stray drop has spilled from the vein. Draegan, heralded from birth as the genetically perfect vampire, has turned rogue, attacking the women ofLondon’sEast End. Only his brother, with the help of Lady Astrid West, can hunt him down before he is able to unleash his full insanity upon the helpless city. And only another birth, the birth of yet another perfect vampire, can stop his madness.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/_LhyHSQuNdU
About the Author:
SJ Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl.
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http://www.vamptasypublishing.co.uk/#/sarah-davis-brandon/4552691454 (author page at Vamptasy)