Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for ZOMBIES

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.


Finally. Finally we're at letter Z. This has been tougher to do that I originally thought, but it feels good to finally come to the end!

Let's face it, we love zombies. And steampunk does too! And why not? It's a fantastic contrast - the fusion of a perfect and idealized past with the gruesome and horrible zombie-laden future.

For example, in the YA book, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Seattle has built a huge wall to contain the "Rotters." These zombies were once regular people, but a terrible gas called the "Blight" escaped from the ground and transformed these citizens into flesh hungry monsters.

Here are some great examples of steampunked zombies:

Stuff steampunk nightmares are made from

Oops. Got just a touch of the "Blight."

An airship full of brains!

This dude actually scares the shit out of me.
Was a noble woman, now loves to eat brains.



55 comments:

Rusty Webb said...

I like that the noble people can still get down and dirty and eat some brains with the rest of the little folk. You did good with your theme this year. You did them all! Congrats.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laughed at Rusty's comment!
You did it - a steampunk for every letter.

Julie Dao said...

This weekend, I'm going to be running from zombies! I'm doing the 5K in Massachusetts. Should be interesting to say the least... hopefully I can hold on to my brains. Might need 'em if I want to write books!

Carrie Monroe said...

There is a Zombie pub crawl every year in downtown Minneapolis. I haven't seen anyone dress as steampunk zombies but that would be awesome.

Jenna Howard said...

Zombies freak me. At least Steampunk ones are fashionable.

Congrats on a month of blogging every day on top of a deadline. And thanks for fattening up my steampunk knowledge.

Brinda said...

I've enjoyed your steampunk series. I loved Boneshaker.

Jay Noel said...

Rusty: Hey - even the snobby zombies need them some brains.

Alex: I did it!!!

Julie: Cool. They had that here in St.Louis too.

Carrie: That would be awesome. You could be the first!

Jenna: Thanks for reading.

Brinda: I'm so glad you enjoyed my series and Boneshaker.

Laura Eno said...

Zombies *shudder* They scare me. I don't know if I could read Boneshaker or not.
You've done an awesome job with the steampunk A to Z, Jay!

Matthew MacNish said...

What a friggin awesome combo! Steampunk Zombies, who knew?

Sarah Ahiers said...

I loved Boneshaker. I really need to get those sequels ASAP.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I love zombies.

Jenny Morris said...

Not a huge zombie fan. Thanks for ALL the steampunk info. It has been so helpful this month!

Kelly Barnes said...

Great series Jay!

I'm looking forward to more great posts.

Miranda Hardy said...

Those are very scary zombies!! Congrats on finishing the A-Z challenge.

Jay Noel said...

Laura: Thanks so much!

Matthew: Boneshaker was my first exposure to them.

Sarah: Me too.

Michael: I do too. Even the campy ones.

Jenny: I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Kelly: I hope to have the strength soon.

Miranda: Such a relief to finish!

Cherie Reich said...

I love the zombies in Boneshaker! They were very creepy. :)

M Pax said...

I avoid zombies like the plague. They freak me out. I had to skip parts in Boneshaker that got too zombified.

farawayeyes said...

Learned more than I thought possible about Steampunk and made a very interesting friend. Thanks Jay.

Jay Noel said...

Cherie: The Rotters were awesome!

Mary: I love stuff that's zombified. Especially the ones in the movie Shaun of the Dead.

faraway: Thanks so much. I'm so happy you learned a couple things.

Kelley Lynn said...

I REALLY loved this series Jay!

Congrats on finishing!

Jay Noel said...

Thanks Kelley. Looking forward to normalcy around here again. One/two posts per week is enough for me.

Cynthia said...

I had a good time learning more about steampunk through your posts this month. Steampunk zombies, now that's something I don't get to see everyday.

Congratulations on getting through the A to Z challenge!

Vero said...

Yaay for zombies! I mean, yaaay for finishing the A to Z challenge successfully and with an awesome collection of steampunk elements I can always refer to again and again.

Thanks for a very interesting month!

John Wiswell said...

Why am I not surprised that steampunk zombies still wield their techy guns?

mooderino said...

Hadn't come across steampunk zombies before, although the blight sounds like the perfect name for their condition.

Well done on reaching the end of the challenge!

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

DEZMOND said...

I guess zombies have to have style as well :)

Jay Noel said...

Cynthia: Great. Congrats to you too.

Vero: Thanks for visiting this month.

Moody: I'm so tired, but it's a good tired.

Dez: Zombies can be fashionable!

Joshua said...

If I'm seeing this correctly, you did an A-Z of Steampunk? I'm so mad I wasn't aware of this earlier. And Zombie Steampunk sounds very interesting.

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Congratulations on getting to Z, Jay! I'm glad I found your series :)

David P. King said...

Steampunk zombies? YEAH! :)

You've made it to the end of a long month. I've enjoyed reading your series. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies since it fit into this sub-category of steampunk.

Congratulations on reaching the end of the A-Z Challenge! You had awesome posts the past month. :)

Martha said...

We made it through the challenge - congrats!!!

Jay Noel said...

Joshua: Yup. But hey, you can check out all 26 of my posts!

Juliana: Thanks!

David: It's been a long month. Can't wait for normalcy.

Eagle: I need to check that out.

Martha: Yes we did! So glad to have found your site.

Phats said...

That's impressive you made it all the way thru the alphabet nice job some of those zombies are awesome looking

Millie Tyson said...

We love zombies. Lol. Can be. Just imagining what if they're real? Imagining where to run. That would surely freak the hell out of me.

Lynda R Young said...

Love the last pic the best.
Congrats for making it to the end of the challenge. I'm impressed!

Melissa Bradley said...

I love, love, LOVE zombies! These pics are epic. :) Jeremy at Retro Zombie made my picture into a zombie and I look creepy cool. :)

Thank you so much for all you wonderful, enthusiastic comments on my blog. I am so glad we connected here in the blogosphere. I look forward to your comments and reading your posts here. You have become one of my fave people around these parts. :)

Jay Noel said...

Phats: I'm pretty impressed with myself and my fellow A-Z'ers.

Millie: Apparently Homeland Security has planned for such a threat.

Lynda: Thanks. I'm just so relieved it's over!

Melissa: Wow, thanks so much. It was great finding new blogs like yours.

Pk Hrezo said...

Yikes... total creepiness. Congrats on making it thru A-Z!! *pats back*
It's a huge feat... but just feels great. I enjoyed all your steampunk posts. :)

Milo James Fowler said...

You made it, dude! Great AtoZ theme, great photos; you've earned a nice long hibernation period in your man cave.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks PK and Milo.

My hibernation will last a couple days. New post up tomorrow. But I'm definitely going back to my one post a week schedule.

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