How Gail's view of Steampunk influences her world building.
The World of Steampunk: Goggles, Gaiters & Glory Edit
Gail thinks of steampunk as being divided into two main camps. The first, which she calls, traditional steampunk, is the future as the Victorians imagined it. The writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are good examples. The second, industrial steampunk, envisions a far future world that harkens back to Victorian culture, for example a bustle dress made of Kevlar. There are also other temporal options like clockpunk (c. 1500s) and dieselpunk (WWII).
Gail writes the traditional kind of steampunk, but her approach is two fold. First, she postulates that it is through the presence of immortals that the steam technology of the Victorian age diverged from our own timeline. Vampires are particularly interested in mechanicals and so promote technological advancement beyond that of the actual Victorians. Second, she tries to remain true to the scientific theory of the day, however much modern scientists have debunked it. In Alexia's world the science is (at least internally) consistent, though occasionally mysterious.
- The World of Steampunk: Goggles, Gaiters & Glory
- Steampunk Aesthetic
- Gail's list of Best Steampunk Books
- Suggestions of books to read while you're waiting for Gail's next release.
- Racialicious uses Soulless in an academic essay on steampunk, and takes her to task for mistreatment of hapless Americans.
- Gail goes up in a hot air balloon and asks a lot of steampunk related questions.
- Gail's tips for researching steampunk.