Honest. There Is No Secret Steampunk Handshake!
It has been several years since the mainstream’s acknowledgment of Steampunk—that ever-expanding and historically creative subculture of literature, music, fashion, science, intellectual gatherings, and beyond. Steampunk: We know it when we see and hear it. It appears distinct and new, yet with a comforting sense of familiarity to it. If our grandparents and their parents could see a steampunk today, they might not find these ideas so abnormal.
Over the years, there has been an expansive wardrobe of definitions—some embraced and some cast aside, strewn on the dressing room floor like so much ill-fitting finery—that attempted to capture the requisite quality of “true Steampunk”. Is it the copper-and-brass of smoke-stacked machinery? The Victorian sensibilities of involved parties? That palpable hint of merry adventure, dangerous exploration, and brave new wonders still left to uncover?
Or something more subtle?