Friday, April 13, 2012


Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that takes many Victorian/Industrial Age technologies, and then thrusts it into a futuristic world. In a steampunk world, there might be flying machines, computers, and ray guns - but built from copper, wood, brass, and using steam as a power source. It's a unique blend of the future and the present that makes steampunk unique.

Science is a major theme of steampunk. And often times, they will include a mad scientist. What's a mad scientist without his laboratory? But a steampunk laboratory is no ordinary lab. You will find mysterious and alien gizmos and contraptions in a steampunk workshop. These laboratories might house ghastly experiments or amazing new discoveries.

Many steampunk stories center around how science can be both beautiful and dangerous...

First steampunkish lab ever in film. Metropolis (1927)

Peter Cushing as Dr. Frankenstein. "It's ALIVE!"

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang laboratory

"We're going BACK to the future!" Doc Brown rocks!


farawayeyes said...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never thought of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as steampunk, but it makes sense.

Jay Noel said...

faraway: Love mad scientists!

Alex: Yeah, I'm with you there. I was in steampunk forum and they mentioned it. I never realized that before.

Kelly Barnes said...

I have Metropolis dvr'd. I haven't had time to sit down and watch it, but the lab is extra creepy.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I've been knocking around how science affects us. What types of directions we "could" have gone in vs what actually happened. Also how technology can mean power.

Vero said...

Heeeey! Back to the Future... weird, but... it's steampunk indeed! How I loved that movie.

The laboratory, the breeding ground of sci-fi's dangers and wonderful gizmos. Always a must.

Jay Noel said...

Kelly: It's been years since I've seen it.

Jenny: It's a very important steampunk theme. It's central in my current project for sure.

Vero: It's a stretch, but there are some elements in there. Plus, Doc is a great contemporary spin on the mad scientist trope.

The Desert Rocks said...

Oh, I like Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. Seems like it was ages ago when I saw that!

Christine Rains said...

I love a good mad scientist and the wondrous laboratory!

Rusty Webb said...

Well - I never made the connection either with these before. Interesting.

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