Literature Meme: 1/3 genres: Steampunk.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used, typically the Victorian Era and the Edwardian Era, that incorporates prominent elements of science fiction and fantasy.
The term steampunk was first coined in 1987 by author K.W. Jeter and was used to describe a genre of speculative fiction in which steam, not electricity, drove technological advancements.
Although the term “steampunk” was not coined until 1987, several works of fiction significant to the development of the genre were produced before that. Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake, published in 1959, anticipated many of the tropes of steampunk.
Steampunk was particularly influenced by, and often adopts the style of the scientific romances and fantasies of the 19th century. Notably influential authors are:
G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Griffith, H. P. Lovecraft, Albert Robida, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells
- Some authors who wrote steampunk novels:
Joe Kelly , Jay Lake, Joe R. Lansdale, George Mann, Kenneth Oppel, Dru Pagliassotti, Cherie Priest, Robert Rankin, Mark Hodder, N. K. Jemisin, Philip Reeve, Ekaterina Sedia, S. M. Stirling, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer, Scott Westerfeld, Thomas Willeford, Chris Wooding, Ronald W. Clark, Michael Moorcock, K. W. Jeter, Bertram Chandler, Cassandra Clare, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Philip Pullman, Stephen Hunt, Kim Newman, James Blaylock [to see more authors and to see the books they wrote HERE]
*credits for the “girl” I used to make the graphic daestwen*
Bob Sweeney: There was a moment..like this. when I used to blame everything and everyone… for all the pain and suffering and vile things that happened to me, that I saw happen to my people. Used to blame everybody. Blamed white people, blamed society, blamed God. I didn’t get no answers ‘cause I was asking the wrong questions. You have to ask the right questions.
Derek Vinyard: Like what?
Bob Sweeney: Has anything you’ve done made your life better?
— American History X, 1998,Tony Kay
It’s official. it was made by SPS for an issue of Entertainment Weekly in 2011. I think Matt and Trey got the artists to design themselves as SP characters for the Indiana Jones raping episode (because in the commentary they mention how they originally wanted to include themselves raping the SP boys) but never used for the show.