Thursday, June 23, 2011
Steampunk Prime: A Vintage Steampunk Reader edited by Mike Ashley
In the introduction, Mike Ashley talks about how we think of steampunk as a more modern creation, a reimagining of history. But steampunk was being written during the time period that modern steampunk so often reimagines. It was fascinating to read these stories before all kinds of scientific advances had been made. And it's funny, what we imagine today really wasn't all that different from what was being imagined in 1880. Space travel, flying cars, robots (only they weren't called robots, they were called automatons), being able to preserve people and then wake them up hundreds of years later. All that stuff that steampunk and science fiction write about to this very day. Hmm. Maybe we haven't come so far after all. Oh, and airships. There MUST be airships, it's an unwritten rule.
Some of the stories I found totally boring, and some I thought were more straight science fiction than steampunk, but all in all it was really interesting to read. If you're a steampunk lover, I'd definitely say check it out.