The Crossroads of the Aether
As a fairly new Steampunk I would like to know you good people's opinion on various Steampunk 'spin offs' (if you will) such as dieselpunk, clockpunk and stitchpunk. I would like to know your opinion on these and their place in Steampunk (whether they have any) and would they make a good setting for any aetherly writings?
If done well, they can be fun and amusing. If done badly, they can be pointless and stupid.
Their place in Steampunk? Damned if I know - I am not even sure if I have a place in Steampunk aside from my tweed and vest fetish. All of us retronauts are part of an extended family, with shared and similar interests but different areas of emphasis. Tell me an interesting story that makes me think and you can sit at my table.
We are all making this up as we go along; we might as well encourage everyone.
Yes, there is a place for you in Steampunk. You just have to find it for yourself. I loved the “Leviathan” series by Scott Westerfeld which was very much dieselpunk.
Not that I am an authority on steampunk since I am fairly new to the genre as well, but I saw dieselpunk, western steampunk, London steampunk, airship steampunks and all the rest as a sub-genre to steampunk. Like Sci-Fi is the bigger genre with Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who and Firefly as sub-genres.
I don’t know what stitchpunk is and I thought clockpunk was sort of “mainstream” steampunk. But what do I know?
Speaking strictly historically, most of the dirigibles were disasters and hit their stride during the early 20th century. One of the famous disasters, the English R-101, happened during the 1930s. Many of the other fantastic airships were non-viable including the Langley flyer until industry could produce better weight/strength proportional materials.
But that is just it. This isn’t history, it’s fantasy, so have fun with it. :)