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Steampunk

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction & speculative fiction, that came into prominence during the 1980s & early1990s

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The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, often featuring futuristic technology as the people of this historical period would have envisioned it to look like, i.e. based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer, but occurring at an earlier date.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine).

Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fan base, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between them is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less dystopian than cyberpunk.

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

Although many works now considered seminal to the genre were published in the 1960s and 1970s, the term steampunk originated in the late 1980s as a tongue in cheek variant of cyberpunk. It seems to have been coined by the science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers (author of The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986) and himself (Morlock Night, 1979 and Infernal Devices, 1987) which took place in a 19th-century (usually Victorian) setting and imitated conventions of actual Victorian speculative fiction such as H. G. Wells's The Time Machine.

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2014 Symposium Games | Steampunk Symposium

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 2, 2014.

So how do you do Steampunk?

Started by Charles Knutson Jul 2, 2012.

Victorian games

Started by Charles Knutson Jun 28, 2012.

Sherlock Holmes Gets a Steampunk Makeover

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Apr 27, 2012.

Corset-wearing superwomen from the Age of Steam

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Apr 2, 2012.

Steampunk Exhibition Ball

Started by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler Jul 15, 2011.

Seven Steampunk Fallacies by artvixn

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 25, 2011.

:CLOCKWORK VAUDEVILLE: THE GEARBOX FANTASTIQUE! EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 17, 2011.

Steampunk Industrial Revolution EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 12, 2011.

TELSLACON 2 EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 10, 2011.

The Clockwork Carnival EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Feb 10, 2011.

Steampunk Exhibition Ball (Seattle) EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 20, 2011.

The Canadian National Steampunk Exhibition EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 18, 2011.

Wild Wild West Con 2011 EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 18, 2011.

Fashion Inspiration: Murdoch Mysteries by Midsummer_Knight

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 18, 2011.

Dark Victorian Fairytale Science Fiction by DSRS

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 18, 2011.

The Anachronism Steampunk NYC Part II: Expedition to Candyland! EVENT 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 18, 2011.

Sitting Down With: The Gypsy Nomads By Jillian Aldrich, 1 Reply

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things. Last reply by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 11, 2011.

Steampunk: The new Goth By Ethan Gilsdorf,

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 11, 2011.

New England Steampunk Festival EVENT

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 9, 2011.

Brass Goggles

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 13, 2014 at 6:56pm
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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 1, 2014 at 1:59pm
Steampunk Artwork - www.steampunker.de

Preview 02 of the last weekend-shoot with my "time-warrior" steampunk outfit...

photographer: Thomas Saur

www.steampunker.de/en

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 31, 2014 at 9:24pm
We are now live and looking for support to help us make this Steampunk Alice Of Wonderland Trading Card Game! Please check it out! We truly appreciate it!!
http://igg.me/at/aliceofwonderland/x/6078423
Alice Of Wonderland Trading Card Game
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A trading card game set in a Steampunk Wonderland, filled with re-imagined old and new characters, c...
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 31, 2014 at 11:09am


http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/699621

Magazines | Ladies of Steampunk Magazine, Vol. 2…
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Ladies of Steampunk Magazine: A cultural publication dedicated to the people who make steampunk what...
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 30, 2014 at 3:49pm
Professor Elemental is releasing his limited edition vinyl album "A Platter of Playpuses" today, and rolled out his new website! Black heart (cards)
Professor Elemental
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Home page of Professor Elemental
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 30, 2014 at 2:39pm
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 29, 2014 at 6:10pm
For those people who could not attend this year we will have a TRANSFER page to fill out. This must be done by May 1st, 2014.

There are ONLY 600 left plus 50 Grand Royales, and 10 Balmorals. All Victoria class tickets are sold. When these are gone-that's it.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 25, 2014 at 2:16pm
Attention steampunk artists!!! The Gaslight Art Show is over 50% full! Get your application in today!
Steampunk: 2014 Art Salon/Show Information | Gaslight Gathering
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Gaslight Gathering - A Steampunk Convention: The Gaslight Gathering 2014 Art Salon (aka Art Show) Ap...
 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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