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On what is or is not steampunk

“What we shouldn’t do is try to tell other people what we think is steampunk and what isn’t.”


Two mature adults can have a grown up conversation wherein each of us discusses whether or not we think something is steampunk or not without planes falling from the sky, earthquakes breaking out or children collapsing into tears.

I can say that I think your historically accurate Viking costume isn’t steampunk, even if your character comes from a world that includes steampunk.

People are allowed to have opinions and to express them. You can express that you disagree with someone’s costume choice or choices without necessarily being a dick about it. There’s no need for a “The only rule about steampunk is you don’t talk about steampunk” rule.

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Fantasy, science fiction and steampunk author Brandon Black is the editor of New Orleans By Gaslight, a first of its kind anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans. Brandon is also the web content manager for the Week in Geek, New Orleans’ favourite fantasy and science fiction themed radio talk show, every Saturday at 1 pm CST on WGSO 990 AM. Click here to check out Brandon’s ever-expanding list of published works.


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