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What are your Steampunk Favorites?

I recently contacted the Steampunk Chronicle to find out when the nomination stage for this year’s Readers Choice Awards was going to begin, and I got the sad news that they are no longer doing the contest. I have somehow managed to miss out on it the last few years as a voter, and I was really hoping to get into the nominations this year. We have built such a nice community here, and I was hoping to expand our circle and get more people in on the action.

Thanks to David Lee Summers for submitting this pic of a homemade, Victorian inspired telescope he made with his daughter.

Thanks to David Lee Summers for submitting this pic of a homemade, Victorian inspired telescope he made with his daughter.

Luckily, the cancellation doesn’t mean we can’t honor our favorite Steampunk things right here on For Whom the Gear Turns! I won’t be running any sort of formal contest or anything, but I would love to see your comments about your favorites in music, books, performing arts, movies, short films, whatever! Tell us a story about your favorite convention or meet-up. Share a quote by a Victorian author. What are you favorite things about Steampunk, period? Anything you like is fair game!

 

Here is my small tribute to the wonderfully whimsical world of Steampunk (sung to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music)

Mash-ups of strings with beats and electronics,
Mods of computers with shiny brass grommets,
Corseted ladies all tied up with strings,
These are a few of my fave Steampunk things!

Stories infused with a bit of macabre,
Where being queens agent’s considered a job,
Leather, lace, hats; all that great costuming,
These are a few of my fave Steampunk things!

Steam-driven tech that has never existed,
Good manners and courtesy always insisted,
Airships and friendships, late night ramblings
These are a few of my fave Steampunk things!

When your job bites,
When your ex stings,
When you’re feeling sad,
Simply don your topper and stiff upper lip,
And then it won’t feel so bad

 

6 responses

  1. Well, my favorite steampunk book is Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters, which I read years ago. Although I’ve picked up many steampunk books in the last year, I haven’t found any that I care for. I’ll be very interested to see the recommendations of others.

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    February 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • That was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it too, though it was NOT for the faint-hearted. I haven’t really found other books that I would compare it to, but if you have never seen Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidoqc, I highly recommend it. It has the same sort of gritty, visceral feel to it.

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      February 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      • Excellent. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m adding it to my To Be Read list right now.

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        February 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      • Woops. I see that is a movie, not a book. Switching lists…

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        February 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm

  2. I think my favorite thing about Steampunk is that it can be applied to almost anything. It’s more than just a genre, it’s a style of interpretation. You can make a “Steampunk version” of anything, from Nerf guns to movie franchises. One of my more recent acquisitions was the graphic novel collection, Steam Wars. I enjoy it for its visual style, its homage to Star Wars and the new directions it takes with plot, setting and characters.
    http://www.antarctic-press.com/html/version_01/viewitem.php?id=6296&bk=index.php?id=Steam+Wars

    Also, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check out my post to see what it’s all about and how to pass it on. And keep on ‘punking 🙂
    https://weavingthewolfsong.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/liebster-award-who-needs-the-oscars-anyway/

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    March 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    • I agree, it is so fun to see the Steampunk aesthetic applied all over. Thanks so much for the nomination, I’ll take a look 🙂

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      March 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm

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