What is Steampunk?
From Wikipedia :
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.
Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s Analytical engine.
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk. They have considerable influence on each other and share a similar fan base, but steampunk developed as a separate movement. Apart from the time period and level of technology, the main difference is that steampunk settings tend to be less dystopian.
WELL NOW! That’s the boring bit out of the way! Steampunk, for many of it’s advocates, is widely based on a shared liking for a design, social and visual aesthetic based around Victorian times. This can result in anything from modified computers right up to an entire closet full of Victorian clothes that you hug in the dark at night while giggling. The maker scene is quite active in the community due to the large volume of “doodads” people like to make to wear and point at people meaningfully. There is a large mad scientist contigent and many an event might be haunted by the evil cackles of “FOOLS! I’LL SHOW YOU ALL!”
People exhibit their love for steampunk in a variety of ways but we’ve chosen to do it by holding a series of events in Perth that fit in with the steampunk theme. These might be as varied as High tea in Kings park to a full on dance night at appropriately themed and decorated inner city venue. We’re always looking for suggestions and support, so get involved! Share your mutual love of Steampunk and visit us on facebook and make suggestions, we’re always excited about new ways to boost the Perth scene!