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Big Blue wants to show off its ability to chew on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to predict the next big mainstream fashion: steampunk. So now you know what your kids will want for presents this year: don't be surprised if they want to suddenly build dirigibles instead of rockets and ask for a steam-powered, gear-driven …
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The Chaos Engine, Shirley?
I think Bioshock would be more accurately considered to be dieselpunk, given the Art Deco stylings and early-mid 20th Century setting.
Yep, definitely The Chaos Engine from the Bitmap Brothers (of the age that bought you Sensible Software, Team 17, some of Codemaster's best efforts, Psygnosis ditto, Delphine, Bullfrog...)
William Gibson is also an influence on Steampunk, as is some Japanese anime such as Steamboy
The Difference Engine
The Mutant Chronicles
The Diamond Age?
Did...did you just hipster steampunk?
I need a lie down...
Did...did you just hipster steampunk?
Steampunk was already hipstered. It was hipstered before it was cool.
Slightly more seriously, I think IBM's sentiment analysis needs its Markov models re-trained. Steampunk went "mainstream", at least in the US, years ago. It's shown up in mainstream TV shows (as an object of mild derision, like Renaissance Faires and the like), and as a quick browse of Regretsy's "This is not steampunk" category demonstrates, people are using the label to peddle all sorts of crap.
It'll probably be recycled into "retro" before 2020.
Time after Time (1979) with Malcom McDowell and David Warner
It's all starting to make sense now. Next up, EMP-resistant clockwork battle-droids.
The icon is wearing aviator goggles, natch.
The aim is to make sure you wind them all up before the other guy?
>The aim is to make sure you wind them all up before the other guy?
The Golden Army from Hellboy 2...
the day I'm ahead of the trend is the day the world blows up. I've been a fan of steampunk for god knows how long. Also dieselpunk.
Although I do look forward to finally being able to buy some steampunk items without going "Bugger off, I'm not paying £80 for THAT!" (in reference to a 'replica' lever which had no function whatsoever)
Amazing prediction IBM.
Next they'll be telling us Abney Park are going to make some music about it all.
"buy some steampunk items without going "Bugger off, I'm not paying £80 for THAT!""
Great: I can buy some mass-produced plastic shite as owned by four thousand other people, instead of grossly undervaluing the efforts of someone developing, designing and making something by hand!
Damn all those hobbyists: They should totally work for the same amount as someone in a sweatshop. /sarcasm.
Your marvellous taste in music certainly deserves more than one upvote but I'm afraid that's all I'm allowed
There are people who *haven't* heard of Abney Park?
Next you'll be telling me that the kids haven't heard of Wolfsheim and the Cruxshadows!
Or Steam Powered Giraffe...
...the fad will vanish underground again...
"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months."
Not while Girl Genius is still online, we're not!
Is it just me, or has it been going around in a climactic battle spiral for the past couple of weeks and slowly not getting anywhere in particular? It's as if it's run out of steam, or perhaps the Foglios are stoking the boiler ready for something special...... ?
The Foglios are stuck in a time warp. They have been stuck in "Adventure with Boris" since about October. But we shouldn't complain, they do this in their spare time from working as rocket surgeons.....
I think "it" might just be waking up....
Girl Genius- The story that's going nowhere and taking forever to get there.
I might be too much of an old fart, but this all looks horrendously contrived, in an "I glue brass gears to Victorian stuff, I are steampunk!" way.
Not there really was any "real" steampunk, but it would be nice if there was a little bit more thought to it all.
"this all looks horrendously contrived"
Yep - that's Steampunk.
The rest of the world has already moved on to Seapunk (see above) and Space Goth - which are also contrived, but at least they're not also deadly dull.
Agreed, but some people do get it aesthetically right and functional, like this telescope, which I think you might appreciate.
"The rest of the world has already moved on to Seapunk (see above) and Space Goth - which are also contrived, but at least they're not also deadly dull."
Bye-bye hipsters. Don't hurry back.
That YouTube link- excellent!
He's channelling Viv Stanshall!
im in love
Wasn't Steampunk over once William Gibson and Bruce Sterling had issued the caleodoscopic "Difference Engine"?
...and that Microsoft guy had his own Difference Engine delivered to his living room?
That's what I thought too. However I think we are coming into the 'Gangnam Style' phase of Steampunk; The rest of us can just sit back and say, "yeah I was into that back when it was still cool"
Steam-powered brass robots doing "that dance".
Whitby Gothic Style!
I'm afraid I'm going to have to come right out and say it - I thought The Difference Engine was a bit shit.
I know I should have loved it, and the techy bits were interesting, but the rest of it felt like there was a good story in there somewhere, it just couldn't find its way out. Instead it was buried by tedious characters and sub-par writing.
I feel bad admitting it as everyone tells me it was brilliant, but no, it was just... a bit shit. Can anyone recommend any steampunk books which actually do live up to the hype? Boneshaker is already on my 'to read' list.
You could try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Ice ... I don't know if its any good, but Stephen Baxter is usually okayish.
I found it by scanning through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alternate_history_fiction
Anti-Ice is not particularly hot compared to Difference Engine, really. The plot device of "frozen stuff that becomes antimatter when thawed" is a bit contrived. It sure helps to heat boilers though.
Oh well. Give me Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut then.
I agree. The Difference Engine was shit. I was quite disappointed.
Am I imagining things, or is that Faye Reagan in the costume to the right of the one linked?
While it looks quite like her, I don't think it is. Probably just some random redhead.
On closer inspection. No. Definitely not.
It had better not, currently I am the only person in the building that has a bow tie and a pocket watch. If this becomes mainstream I will lose my erm appeal.
<-------that's not a pipe, it's a Smith and Hawkins synergist force insufflater.
Remember people: A bow tie is a cry for help.
Just like orange hair.
Awesome. Brass cogs for everyone!
There's nothing punk about it (and nothing steam either, really*) . The so called Steampunks spend all their time cos-playing aristos and posh adventurers.
* Just one steampunk item of clothing that does something rather than having all those cogs randomly stuck on it, is that too much to ask? Maybe a clockwork fascinator?
There never has been anything "punk" about it. It stems from William Gibson's cyberpunk stories, and the ?-punk name just kind of went from here. Hence steampunk, dieselpunk, biopunk, <insert name here>punk, etc.
Some of the most interesting and intelligent people I know are fellow steampunks. There is a world of difference between sticking cogs on something and what steampunk actually is.
For example, this:
Until you manage to produce something equally awesome, I think that maybe you are not in a position to trivialise other people's hobbies.
I believe the saying is, "haters gonna hate."
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