Thanks to another writer I met at the 2009 RWA Nationals, I finally am catching on to what the steampunk genre is. Victorian era with gadgets, YA writer Suzanne Lazear told me at the FF&P (Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal) party. But the next time we talked, her examples hit home: The Golden Compass and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Ah, that I can see — all the neat stuff designed to help when they need it, but in a funky antiquated way. Same stuff I always imagined when reading Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. And, I think, the time traveling steam train from the last scene of Back to the Future III fits. And maybe the flying boat in Stardust?
I’m liking this idea.
If you want to learn more, go to the Steamed! blog where Suzanne and her lolita co-bloggers write about Steampunk, review new releases, feature the latest genre machinery, travel to cons and showcase the cool fashions.
Once there, keep your eyes alert for the 2012 date you’ll be able to pick up Suzanne’s YA Steampunk Fairytale from a bookstore, because she has sold Innocent Darkness, her fourth manuscript and first to be published. Go, Suzanne!