Tuesday, April 17, 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.

In the steampunk universe, there are plenty of various occupations you can pursue. Here are several prime examples:

Steampunk Engineer

Airship Captain

Mad Scientist
Steampunk Pirate - by sea or by air

Soldier or Mercenery


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Steampunk pirate sounds awesome!

Christine Rains said...

Arr! I wants to be a pirate too, matey!

farawayeyes said...

Never thought much about occupations. They all seem at least a little mercenary.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Love 'em too!

Christine: Don't blame you. Look at that amazing costume.

faraway: That's the commonality, isn't it? Steampunk really embodies independence.

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Oh heck yes, I would definitely be an Airship Pirate Captain!

Julie Dao said...

I still don't really get steampunk, but I think it looks so cool. Is the theme... corsets and aviation? Clock gears and weapons? Did you know that they apparently have whole steampunk conventions?

J. A. Bennett said...

Steampunk is such a diverse genre. I would totally give it a try if I wasn't afraid of the mass of steampunk followers who are religious about the rules and styles. It frightens me a little :)

Kelly Barnes said...

Engineers have and make all the coolest toys. Maybe the pirate needs an engineer on her crew...

Jay Noel said...

Juliana: I think you'd be a great pilot.

Julie: It does look cool! Hopefully more and more steampunk themed books will be more accessible and gain broader appeal.

J.A.: It was intimidated for me at first, and when started writing my current project, I had the setting in mind before I even knew it had a name! You will always have purists in any genre. But I think the masses want more.

Kelly: They do...and many engineers are employed by pirates. Somebody's gotta keep the airships workin'

Matthew MacNish said...

I'm down for anything that provides for swashbuckling and skullduggery at the same time.

J.C. Martin said...

Cool jobs. I wanna be a steampunk pirate! :)

J.C. Martin
A to Z Blogger

David P. King said...

I have yet to come up with a cool steampunk idea, but the genre is growing on me. :)

Hektor Karl said...

Not sure I could cut it at any of those jobs...

nutschell said...

i'd love to be one of those engineers:)
Happy A-Zing!

Jay Noel said...

Matthew: I always so you as the piraty type.

JC. You would kick some serious ass doin' it too!

David: Let it simmer in your brain a bit, and one day inspiration may strike you.

Hektor: Maybe you could be a steampunk poet.

Nutty: Why does that not surprise me?!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah! I love the soldier and the pirate! Beautiful costumes, most definitely!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Submarine captain a.k.a. Captain Nemo or zombie killer might work too.

Daisy Carter said...

Oh, I would so be a pirate of the sea! And I'd have a brass monkey. A funky brass monkey. :)

Cherie Reich said...

Pirate! *grins*

Jay Noel said...

Jack: Looks like it takes a lot of work (and money) to put something like that together.

Michael: Captain Nemo and Abraham Lincoln join forces to kill zombies and vampires. Sounds like a winner to me!

Daisy: That funky monkey!

Cherie: I knew you'd like that one.

Heather Spiva said...

Your steampunk posts are incredibly interesting. Thanks so much for informing us.:)

Lynda R Young said...

I've incorporated steampunk into a number of my stories. I love the genre.

Rusty Webb said...

Great costumes, I wish everyone dressed like that. The real world can be so lame sometimes.

Brinda said...

I think the steampunk clothes are fun. I'd choose to dress up as the pirate...without that big heavy hat.

Jay Noel said...

Heather: Thanks so much!

Lynda: Me too. I'd like to read some.

Rusty: I think we'd all get along better. Either that or have even more wars.

Brinda: They are fun. My son dressed up as a pilot for Halloween.

Milo James Fowler said...

And I thought only Comic Con was full of geeks... I'd have to apply for airship captain, mos def!

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Ciara said...

Okay, I confess, that one picture with the weird hand scares me. :)

Cynthia said...

How 'bout a steampunk teacher, writer, or baker? I'm just thinking of jobs I can realistically do in a steampunk world, hehe.

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