Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Worldcon II -- Steampunk

(Thursday evening, blog supplemental) 


What is steampunk?  Forget the “punk” part of the name.  It is more properly called “Victorian science fiction” or “gaslight fantasy.”  These fans have a fascination with Victorian times, and you can see them in period dress, but what’s with the goggles?  The stories are alternate versions of Victorian times with advanced dirigibles or other flying machines, extravagant steam-powered mechanisms, and lots and lots of gears. 

Some fans dress in elaborate detail. 

Same girl, different outfits

The day’s steampunk events culminated with the Girl Genius Ball.  Participants learned Victorian/Regency dances.  


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