The Rise of Steampunk – infographic

Here is an infographic on Steampunk history that IBM have produced that charts the rise of Steampunk in the media.

Wait wait wait. What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialised Western civilisation during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. – Wikipedia

That sounds great! Where can I find out more?!

  1. Jake Von Slatt’s Steampunk Workshop for things like how to make steampunk lamps and how to Victorian up your PC
  2. Lastwear – for all your Steampunk fashion needs. After all, when the apocalypse happens, you want to be dressed for it, right?
  3. Silver Goggles for the more intellectually-rigorous Steampunk fans among you. I quite like the tagline of this site – SILVER GOGGLES: Worn by the steampunk postcolonialist when engaging with issues of race, representation, diversity, and other such exciting adventures as one might find in our genial genre
  4. Beyond Victoriana, a blog about multicultural Steampunk and retro-futurismthat is, Steampunk outside of a Western-dominant, Eurocentric framework.
  5. The Belgian Steampunk Society, because I’ve just discovered them, and I live in Belgium. OMG like-minded people, right?
  6. And, of course, my friendly old chum, Steampunk Magazine. Part of their quite long masthead includes the lines
We are also dedicated to a steampunk that is fiercely anti-colonial, anti-racist, and pro-gender-diversity. We’ve no interest in glorifying the rulers of our society any further. – Steampunk Magazine

And so, on to the Rise of Steampunk infographic: The Birth of a Trend.

 

IBM Social Sentiment Index Birth of a Trend: Steampunk
IBM Social Sentiment Index Birth of a Trend: Steampunk

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