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    Just reading children's author Philip Reeve's book "Mortal Engines", about giant moving cities which eat each other, which has a bit of a steampunk feel.

    And I realise that while I think I know what steampunk is, I can't ever recall reading a single book that I'd consider steampunk.

    What are the originators and exemplars?

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    Jules Verne, H.G. Wells...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tryptych View Post
    Just reading children's author Philip Reeve's book "Mortal Engines", about giant moving cities which eat each other, which has a bit of a steampunk feel.

    And I realise that while I think I know what steampunk is, I can't ever recall reading a single book that I'd consider steampunk.

    What are the originators and exemplars?
    The Difference Engine, by Bruce Sterling

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    Quote Originally Posted by tryptych View Post
    What are the originators and exemplars?
    Check this one out:
    http://www.tachyonpublications.com/book/Steampunk.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    The Difference Engine, by Bruce Sterling
    Definitely. Of the new stuff, China Mieville? Perdido Street Station definitely has a steampunkish feel
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    I'm definitely no expert but Perdido St Station feels right.

    How about the Moorcock's Oswald Bastable novels?

    Do Steampunk novels have to relate to Computer Technology?

    Funny though, I only just got The Difference Engine last week...
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    This:



    The adventures of Luther Arkwright?
    The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Fillipo
    Whitechapel Gods by S.M. Peters
    Sun of Suns by Kark Schroder

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    A friend of mine is starting a steampunk band.

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    is it the tiger lillies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by john eden View Post
    A friend of mine is starting a steampunk band.
    I saw a stempunk band mentioned on Mick Farren's blog. Is this your mate's band? This is his quote from a Guardian article about it:
    A London-based American musician called Thomas Truax even makes his own instruments: there's one called the Hornicator, made from a gramophone horn; another, known as Mother Superior, emits steam when played.
    btw I finished reading The Difference Engine. I really enjoyed reading it but I didn't find it quite as satisfying as (how could I have forgotten) the most recent Pynchon novel Against the Day which is very much rooted in Steampunk.

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    Some one asked me about this in work the other day and I had no idea what they were talking about. What on earth is it?

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    Sci Fi/Alternate history based around steam/mechanical technology rather than silicon/electric.

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    Some segments of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has a very steampunkish feel. Interestingly, it features a society with technology that seems mostly to coincide with the late 19th/early 20th century - railways still run on steam, and there's electric lighting but no electronics, as such, and certainly no computers - although there is apparently nuclear technology, and in some respects the society's knowledge of fundamental physics may be in advance of real science today. An interesting mix, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john eden View Post
    A friend of mine is starting a steampunk band.
    I've been trying to figure out how you'd capture a steampunk vibe through the medium of electronic music, but I'm basically drawing a blank atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slothrop View Post
    I've been trying to figure out how you'd capture a steampunk vibe through the medium of electronic music, but I'm basically drawing a blank atm.
    i'd say seems kind of steampunk

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