steampunk was our Word of the Day on 07/16/2014. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of steampunk from the Web
Tickets for the steampunk ball are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
LeCrone, a freelance cartoonist wearing full steampunk regalia, stood and surveyed the ballroom Saturday at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley, where science-fiction fans had gathered for the first-ever InterGalactiCon.
The production designers must have had a field day creating the steampunk/art deco setting.
The retro-futuristic event (inspired by aesthetic designs and technology from the 19th century) featured artisans, musicians, and costumed characters, and attracted steampunk fans - as well as several members of photography clubs.
The event is free to the public and includes a steampunk ball as well as the first Cannabis Quest, a competition between local growers and product makers.
The dragon, which has a steampunk-looking design, normally rolls through the streets of the theme park, occasionally rearing its head and blowing smoke and fire into the air.
Horsehead and steampunk shoes are just some of Dixie art students' latest creation.
Dressing up in Victorian, goth or steampunk fashion is encouraged.
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Did You Know?
I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for [Tim] Powers, [James] Blaylock and myself. So wrote the science-fiction author K. W. Jeter, credited with coining the term steampunk in 1987 to describe a wave of fantasy novels set in Victorian times and celebrating the technology of the era, much of which was powered by steam. In both name and subject, steampunk is an antithesis to cyberpunk, a genre often noted for featuring computerized, futuristic, or unearthly settings. The popularity of steampunk has since carried over to motion pictures, fashion, and even things like restaurant décor.
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