Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for VICTORIAN

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.


Yesterday's post was about steampunk and whether it's utopian or not. Steampunk might borrow many of the great aesthetics of Victorian (Edwardian) society and culture, but I would not consider it utopian literature. After all, it has the word "punk" in it. And that has connotations of rebellion, of challenging the establishment, and living on the fringes of society.

So here's some cool examples of the fusion of everything Victorian and steampunk goodness:

Her dress is Victorian, but the corset screams steampunk

Victorian house, made into a steampunk RV

Look closely, and you'll see the Victorian/Gothic lines in this truck

Steampunk President Lincoln!

39 comments:

Rusty Webb said...

I do associate steampunk mostly with Victorian era fashions and sensibilities. Glad I didn't totally make that one up. Looks like that's a real thing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The RV is just wild. Wonder if the owners travel with it?

Pk Hrezo said...

LOL... I love that RV. Genius!!

Jay Noel said...

Rusty: Oh yeah, totally Victorian. But I'm going to add an American twist tomorrow!

Alex: I know! Probably just for shows or whatever.

Pk: Must have taken a lot of work.

Brinda said...

I can't breathe while looking at that corset.

Sarah Ahiers said...

omg, how awesome is that steampunk RV? I totally want that...

farawayeyes said...

Oh, I want that steampunk RV.

Laura Eno said...

I love that RV! I want to live in it! The corset is beautiful but looks uncomfortable...well, any corset would look that way. *deep breath*

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

It's fascinating that the steampunk genre is so rich with stuff that you can easily do a months worth of posts on it.

Kelly Barnes said...

I wonder if Lincoln's hat is real stovepipe. "What if" he wore it to the theater?

David P. King said...

We totally could use a president like "Steampunk" Lincoln! :)

Jay Noel said...

Brinda: That does look pretty uncomfortable!

Sarah: I know. Travel in style!

faraway: Maybe the Winnebago company should make one.

Laura: Corsets look cool, but not so practical.

Michael: Just one month is enough for me!

Kelly: He might have survived the assassination attempt.

David: I'm fascinated by Lincoln. Can't wait to see the Vampire Hunter movie coming out!

Hope Roberson said...

That Victorian house on wheels would make for a wonderful adventure!

Cherie Reich said...

Steampunk President Lincoln looks awesome! And a steampunk Victorian house on wheels...so cool!

Julie Dao said...

Honest Abe is really experiencing a revival this year! First a vampire hunter, now a steampunk character :) Awesome.

Jay Noel said...

Hope: I don't think you'll get a ticket, as you probably can't speed in that thing!

Cherie: I know. I'm a Lincoln fan.

Julie: Glad we are showing our 16th president some love.

nutschell said...

I'm totally inlove with that Steampunk RV! Iwonder how long it took them to make something like that .
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Nick Wilford said...

Those pictures are great. People go to a lot of effort to show their love of this genre!

The Golden Eagle said...

I love that RV! It kind of reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle.


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Milo James Fowler said...

Abraham Lincoln -- steampunk vampire slayer!

Jay Noel said...

nutty: I don't know, but it could have been cheap.

Nick: A LOT of effort!

Eagle: I know! The only think missing are the legs.

Milo: Can't wait!!!!

Christine Rains said...

What awesome pictures! I love it when I see folks take historic personalities and make them steampunk.

Jay Noel said...

I know Christine, I do too.

Daisy Carter said...

Oh, man, I am digging that steampunk RV. It reminds me of Doc's time machine train from Back to the Future 3 for some reason.

Cynthia said...

That steampunk RV rocks. I wonder if we need to put skirts on the wheels.

Melissa Bradley said...

I want that RV and I want Abe there to be my copilot. We'd rock the steampunk airways, I think.

fiberglass columns said...

I've always been fascinated with the intricate details on a Victorian architecture. The columns, the edges, the roofing, they are all so reminiscent of a luxury that once defined the world of aristocracy.

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