Steampunk - I know it when I see it. A lousy answer to the questions, but the truth. As you can see from the picture to the left, there are many interpretations of this wild aesthetic. Some more punk, some more steam, some based in the fashion and fancy of Victorian England, some from fantasy realms much closer to the Ether. Others embrace a future that has go so horribly wrong, that their souls hearken back to the grace of a long gone Golden Age.
Alternate history, leaps of technology, airships, lightning rods, bustles, goggles, brass and gears - these are the things that Steampunks are made of. The lovechild of Marry Shelley, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Nikola Tesla. Strong women, handsome men, clever tinkerers, inventors, pilots and dusty adventurers. Scoundrels or heroes, Steampunks don't sit around; they constantly seek - under the sea, across the desert, in the air or across time. Steampunks are self reliant, resilient and they love a good story.
This site is dedicated to helping Steampunks find inspiration and entertainment. The site is filled with links to Steampunk literature, music, films, photos, events and news. This site is by no means complete. We're looking to add your photos to the mix, and we want your suggestions and comments. There will be something new here, and at the Coal City Steam Blog, just about every day.
Coal City Steam is named for the home town of Chenda Frost, protagonist of the novel Chenda and the Airship Brofman. As the author of the book, and this website, I may a little biased when I say, this is the rockin'est place for Steam on the Interwebs! I hope you enjoy it.
Emilie P. Bush