Linesiding with John

Searching out a world of steampunk

Am I a real steampunk?
Is this a 'real steam' punk website?

Jordan Spreader and filthy JS steam loco at Sandaoling (2011)

Steampunk is a concept that embraces a multitude of aspects. The following definitions (courtesy of a Google search) will help to place it.

Web definitions
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. ...
A subgenre of speculative science fiction set in an anachronistic 19th century society; A person cosplaying as a steampunk character
n. a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.
A subgenre of Alternate History; this generally deals with advanced technology in the altered past.
is set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. ...
n. A genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power; also written steam-punk.
Genre fiction typically set in Britain in the 1900?s when steam power was prevalent and prior to the broad use of electricity. The location can be anywhere, however, including North America. Steampunk usually encompasses alternate history elements and fantastical inventions. ...
An imaginary Victorian age, that features brass and copper clockwork and steampowered inventions that go far beyond 1800?s technology. Steam powered mechanical wonders, optimistic gear driven computers, dirigibles, clockwork firsts, and stuff like that. (But don’t forget the goggles.)
Victorian Science Fiction that has dark & ominous tones, often where technology is an enslaving force and the main characters are fighting against the oppressive establishment. Cyberpunk with steam technology.…
A sci-fi fantasy that is set in an industrial 19th century…

Based on a loose interpretation of the above, I have the following offerings and will add to them as I find more in my photo albums.

Steam and tanks and pipes at Sumberharjo Sugar Mills, Java (2012)

Shed scene at Sragi Sugar Mill, Java (2012)

Loco driver in his steam loco cab at sunset, Olean Mill, Java (2012) Note the steam whistle, the regulator handle and the strange cupshaped device on the boiler that we haven't figured out the use for yet.

A subgenre of speculative science fiction set in an anachronistic 19th century society; A person cosplaying as a steampunk character

Perhaps these Chinese locals and visitors to Shibanxi fit the 'cosplay' bill:



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