Hate Is Not A Steampunk Value

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Steampunk is fairly new, especially in its current incarnation.  While K.W. Jeter invented the term in 1987, and some people have been doing Steampunk things for a long time, the Steampunk world we know – the profusion of art, culture, music, conversation, literature, and delights we now enjoy – has taken off within, at most, the last eight or ten years (edited to be a bit more accurate).

Steampunk is still NEW.  That means that everyone has a voice.  We get to DECIDE what Steampunk will be.  And those of us who are doing Steampunk have made it clear:

We want to try to embrace everyone who wants to participate in our strange and wonderful world!  We want to enjoy everyone’s imaginary Steampunk universes!  We welcome people of every race, creed, gender, background, and orientation.  We want you to be a part of it!

The actual era included sexism, racism, and homophobia.  The imaginary 19th century would like to remind you to keep those things out of the 21st century, please.  Hate is not a Steampunk value!

-Jeff Mach

Seven Things You Learn Running Steampunk Events

1. Steampunks are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people ever.

2. The Universe runs on tea. Sugar and cream are optional, but just barely.

3. Steampunks come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages!

4. Scones are a vegetable.

5. Sherlock Holmes would totally have been besties with Oscar Wilde.

6. There are more top hats in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

7. The imagination truly has no limits. Personal creativity is limitless. Give people a place to express themselves, and they will delight you.

~Jeff Mach


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Gail Carriger returns to SPWF in 2017!

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The Steampunk World’s Fair is pleased as punch to announce the return of Gail Carriger to the Fair in 2017 as the Literary Guest of Honor!

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

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