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Victorian-era laptops and steam powered guitars

Posted at 11:15 AM on January 4, 2008 by Sanden Totten (2 Comments)

steampunkPC.jpgRecently I bought myself a used computer . . . it's okay. But I wish I had gotten this computer. --->

(photos courtesy of's steampunk gallery)

It's in a style called Steampunk. Steampunk started out as a literary genre that took Victorian-era aesthetics and spruced them up with modern science fiction story lines. Think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or even Will Smith's Wild Wild West. The technology is usually as advanced as what we have today, but it is imagined as if it was made during the age of steam powered machines.

The cool thing about steampunk though is that it goes beyond books and movies. Serious fans have been crafting steampunk devices like that desktop above . . .or a steam-themed guitar or even . . .

neverwas1.jpga steampunk motor home. That one looks like something out of a Miyazaki film. Apparently the folks who drive it dress in things like pith helmets and corsets.

You can check out more steampunk projects here. And while you're at it, take a look at these pictures of Star Wars as re-imagined steampunk style.

Comments (2)

You can check "The Difference Engine". Google it then read it. And Will Smith's was not the original of the Wild Wild West. The old TV show was 'way ahead of the steampunk curve.

Posted by B2 | January 7, 2008 6:59 AM

Yeah, I heard about the TV show . . . a kind of James Bond meets Clint Eastwood affair. Sounds cool. But is the theme song a rap? That's where the Will Smith version really shines. Wiki wiki wild!

And thanks for the recommendation of the Difference Engine. I'll keep an eye out for it at a used bookstore.

Posted by Sanden Totten | January 7, 2008 12:11 PM

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