Serge_LJ (serge_lj) wrote,
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"an unfortunate engagement" and naughty gear

As I’ve said here and elsewhere, I was a fan of steampunk long before it was known by that name, and still prefer describing those stories as retro SF, which I think is a more accurate label - but common usage has decided otherwise. One of the appeals of those tales for me is that, by reinventing the past, their authors, when seeking to evoke a sense of wonder, don’t have to oneup each other as they would when writing stories set in our future. . Retro SF can reawaken the awe we should feel toward devices that are now taken for granted, whether they be submarines or airships.


(Model by William Waldrop - click on the photo for more details.)

That being said… I recently finished reading Steampunk Magazine’s first 4 issues. They have a different approach, which aims to put the ‘punk’ back in steampunk. This is best exemplified by the tales told by the Catastrophone Orchestra, which are really about how ghastly things were in our 19th Century, but I appreciated them nonetheless. The magazine published other stories, which met with various degrees of success, but I especially enjoy G.D.Falksen’s serialized adventure An Unfortunate Engagement, which is more along the lines of the kind of steampunk I am seeking. It has a British narrator who knows that his country has the finest people, but who is a friend of crazy Rhinelander Bruno von H---, who is quite upset at the Bavarian swine who destroyed his airship’s prototype using music boxes and dynamite. Unfortunately, the magazine’s fifth issue, which presumably will carry the adventure’s next installment, has been experiencing delays in coming out.

Curses!

The group also published, separately, five tales of what they call steamypunk. In other words, steampunk erotica. I was rather disappointed, as I mentioned in this thread in Susan de Guardiola's blog. I had expected stories that'd function as steampunk tales where the main... ah... thrust would have been sexual. What I found instead mostly were sex scenes without anything really leading up to them and where steampunk really was nothing but a prop - except in Margaret Killjoy's A Pirate of Both Day and Night, whete steampunk was, not literarily but literally, a prop. The story's setting is a pirate ship crewed by just one woman, but sometimes she brings a companion on board. This time, it's another woman, to whom she demonstrates that, by diverting the engine's steam flow, she causes the control levers to vibrate just so, which allows her to... Overall, the stories aren't particularly arousing. It's not that easy to write erotica.
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