I'm thrilled to welcome everyone to the steampunk party this week! As you know, we have fabulous guests of honour who'll be joining us throughout the week: later today, Meljean Brook will be here; on Tuesday, we welcome Beth Ciotta, on Wednesday, Gail Carriger, on Thursday Kady Cross and on Friday Theresa Meyers. They'll be talking about all things steampunk and giving us glimpses into their latest stories.
So what is steampunk? Basically, it's a sub genre of science fiction involving alternative or anachronistic steam technology, an alternative history or time travel. But it's so much more than that! It's an atmosphere, an attitude, and each author/creator brings their own unique perspective to this. Steampunk worlds are often chaotic or bleak, the characters rebellious, underworld or misfits; but one of the things I love about it is the sheer "differentness", the freedom of imagination involved. To some people, it's more than a book genre, it's a way of life, involving fashion, furniture, art etc.
So, to start the party, let's hear what first drew you to this fascinating genre? Was it a particular book or film, a fashion accessory or news item? Or is the genre completely new to you? What would you most like to know about it? Surely someone here will be able to answer :).
For me, the first steampunk story I read was Dru Pagliosotti's amazing "Clockwork Heart", now, sadly out of print. I loved it and was hooked. What about you? Let's talk steampunk!