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May 1, 2014

Steampunk Is The New Sexy and @MelanieKarsak Is All Over It: GuestPost & #Giveaway

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Have You ever asked yourself what the hoopla is about?
I've come across many who do. Even among my peers whom I work with at hosting tours.
And because I always struggle to explain it, I thought why not ask The Punkress this question.
So that there is a clear definition to work with, not me grasping at straws.
She did such a marvelous job here guys, I hope you really enjoy this post. I found it riveting.

What the heck is steampunk? Is it science fiction? Is it alternative history? Is it fantasy? Is it dystopian? Is it goth with goggles?
Give the rise of steampunk literature and all the new, fantastic steampunk books coming on the market, some readers might be wondering: what is steampunk and will I like it?
Yes! You’ll love it! If you are looking for your first steampunk book, you are in luck. Steampunk has something for everyone. Steampunk works can be science fiction (where Amazon houses steampunk), fantasy, romance (often called gaslamp), or dystopian. You will find steampunk books in children’s, YA, adult, and erotica.
More than a genre, steampunk is really an aesthetic. Steampunk is the “feel” you get from a setting. From rule-defying heroines, ruthless air pirates, tea-drinking submarine captains, adventures to exotic locations, treasure hunts, steamy scenes, clockwork inventions, bustles, and goggles (there must always be goggles, they are like the perfunctory sword in sword and sorcery) all these things make up steampunk.
As a literary genre, steampunk is usually set in one of the following times/places: Victorian England (or there-about) such as in Emma Jane Holloway’s The Baskerville Affair Series, a dystopian future such as in Megan Curd’s Iron Lily, or the weird west such as in Mike Resnick’s The Doctor and The Dinosaurs. But there are no limits. Like “paranormal” stories, steampunk stories can be set at any time.
Steampunk literature is traditionally thought linked to Victorian Science Fiction, stemming from Jules Verne rather than Tolkien, rewriting history without the diesel engine and a focus on steam power—thus, the steam in steampunk. That said, if you find a novel like Karen Kincy’s Shadows of Ashpodel set after the invention of the diesel engine, these works are called dieselpunk. If stories are set before the advent of steam, they are called clockpunk. 

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But why is steampunk becoming so popular?

·         Steampunk recaptures mystery and the spirit of adventure. Before ancient alien theories, the great pyramids held real mystery. Steampunk allows us to escape into an adventure Phileas Fogg style with the gusto of Indian Jones by transporting us to exotic locations that are now commercialized, inaccessible, or commonplace. A. W. Exley’s The Artifact Hunters series are a great example. Can you imagine the excitement of exploring the pyramids for the first time? Steampunk takes us back to a period when we were first rediscovering our ancient world. The mysteries of our past were still that: mysterious. Now we flop down on the TV and watch a National Geographic special on mummies because there is nothing better on TV. Steampunk puts the allure of discovery and adventure back into a world where most mysteries have been tapped-out.
 Love amid the airships

Steampunk promotes beauty and uniqueness. Steampunk is not just a literary genre, it is also a lifestyle! 
Sultry absinthe fairy type :)
There is something beautiful about steampunk. From the clothing to the graceful

airships, steampunk envisions a world that is beautiful. In terms of clothing,
steampunk attire ranges from silk gowns with bustles to short-shorts with
bodices, from top hats and canes to mad-scientist lab coats and goggles. The
material used to make steampunk clothing, silk, lace, and leather, are textiles that
we don't regularly employ (save our sneakers) in our everyday lives. Much of
what we wear is mass-produced. We have no idea where our jeans and t-shirts
come from or under what conditions they were made. Steampunk clothing is
often made by the wearer themselves. The use of rich textiles over mass
produced polyester appeals to our tactile and visual senses. 

 Steampunk environments embrace fog over smog. 
We are sick of our environment, and our environment is making us sick. Why do we envision worlds
powered by something other than fossil fuels? Regret. Steampunk allows us to envision worlds where
we do not make poor choices that will cause permanent damage to our environment. In the case of
dystopian greenpunk, we often see the return to the green world after the collapse of our fossil-fueled
environment. Steampunk allows us to acknowledge wrong turns and encourages us to imagine a
historical "do over."
Sherwood Forest Revisited

Absinthe Postcard: one of several pre-ban representations of women drinking absinthe.·         Steampunk is smart and brazen. 
Steampunk encourages us to be our better selves. It encourages the Lovelaces and
Babbages of the world to carry on with genius ideas ahead of their time. It
encourages Victorian (or Georgian, or Edwardian, or American Western) heroines
to slip on a pair of trousers and defy every norm of the era--because those norms
were silly. And so doing, it makes us question our own societal values. Steampunk
encourages readers (and writers, tinkers, thinkers, etc.) to consider what might
have worked better. What if we had designed x with y instead of z? Steampunk
makes us smarter, and the "punk" of steampunk encourages us to question
historical norms in light of modern values.

These are some of the main values promoted by steampunk: mystery, adventure, beauty, uniqueness, environmentalism, intellectualism, and moxie. It's no wonder steampunk is increasingly popular. It's not all goggles and gadgets. As anyone in the steampunk movement can tell you, there is a reason behind all those cogs. Steampunk says something important about how we feel about our world. Maybe re-envisioning the past or creating a new vision of the future sheds light on today's social problems. All art teaches us about life. 

What does steampunk teach you?

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Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania where there wasn’t much to do but read books and go for hikes. She wrote her first novel, a gripping piece about a 1920s stage actress, when she was 12. Today, Melanie, a steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and caffeine junkie, lives in Florida with her husband and two children. Melanie is the author of an adult steampunk adventure series, The Airship Racing Chronicles, and a dark fantasy/zombie series, The Harvesting Series. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.

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Most know me as the author to Fabulosity Reads and in actual fact, that is the previous name of this blog. I have since then moved my books to a Wordpress self-hosted blog so that I can have a place to show a different side of me which I am equally passionate about and that is marketing and personal development. I hope you will love being here, watching me grow as I share and learn. My highest hope is that we will grown and learn together in all disciplines affecting our lives. I'd LUUURRRVE to hear from you, so don't be shy...

1 comment:

  1. Melanie can really break it down :D Chasing the Star Garden is amazing....Good Luck to all who enter.


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