What would today's technology look like with Victorian-era design and materials? That's the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and driven by gears. In this book, futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott explore steampunk, a cultural movement that's captivated thousands of artists, designers, makers, hackers, and writers throughout the world.
Just like today, the late 19th century was an age of rapid technological change, and writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells commented on their time with fantastic stories that jumpstarted science fiction. Through interviews with experts such as William Gibson, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, James Gleick, and Margaret Atwood, this book looks into steampunk's vision of old-world craftsmen making beautiful hand-tooled gadgets, and what it says about our age of disposable technology.
Steampunk is everywhere--as gadget prototypes at Maker Faire, novels, and comic books, paintings and photography, sculptures, fashion design, and music. Discover how this elaborate view of a history that never existed can help us reimagine our future.
Table of contents
- Vintage Tomorrows
- Foreword: Any Questions?
- 1. A Futurist and a Cultural Historian Walk into a Bar
- 2. Beats, Pranksters, Hippies, Steampunks!
- 3. Technology That Ships Broken
- 4. A World-Destroying Death Ray Should Look Like a World-Destroying Death Ray
- 5. Steampunk: A Dinner in Three Courses
- Prelude. A Note from the Historian
- 6. Itâs About Chickens and Teapots
7. Digging Into the Past
- The Past Is About 75 Feet Deep, Depending on the Season
- All Those Futures and Pasts Bumping Into Each Other: Scott Westerfeld
- We Have Met the Victorians and They are Us
- Time Flies, But Not Very Well
- Early-onset Steampunk
- 8. History Has Sharp Edges
- 9. Punking Time in Key West
- 10. The Answerâs in Our Own Backyard
- 11. Makers and Burners
- 12. Pop Goes Steampunk
- Prelude. A Note from the Futurist
- 13. Humor Is the New Killer App
- 14. Donât Forget the Humans
15. When Is an iPhone Like a Pocket Watch?
- Is That the Past in Your Pocket?
- Once Upon a Time, the Pocket Watch Was an iPhone
- Meanwhile Back at the Bar
- We Canât Touch Our Past; Itâs Been Turned into Bits
- The Science of Memory and the Future
- Meanwhile Back at the Bar
- What Kind of History Do You Want to Be From?
- 16. We Must Design a Better Future
- 17. Humanity in the Machine
- 18. We Want to Remember a Time When Our Lives Were Not Made of Plastic
- 19. Whatâs Next?
- A. Image Credits
- About the Authors
- Title: Vintage Tomorrows
- Release date: February 2013
- Publisher(s): Make: Community
- ISBN: 9781449337957
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