What would Steampunk look, feel, and sound like if the first
works in the genre were established 50 years from today? As citizens living 50 years from now, would our version of K.W. Jeter, and all the artists who have been influenced by his term “Steampunk,” still start with the elements found in the works of Jules Verne and the Victorian era–iron, steel, and hard edges?
Or instead, would we have looked back to the era of H. R. Giger’s organic form meets organic machine? Where would our future-selves decide that the genre of Steampunk should begin and why?
And once we’ve established our collective origin, the more important question: how would a Steampunk world, founded 50 years from today, diverge from the one founded in the 1980s?
During September we explore art, fashion, literature, music, and technology that leads to an alternative path that Steampunk could have taken had it been established 50 years from now.