Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Roots of Steampunk Research Project

If you've been following my writings here for awhile, you'll remember the Roots of Steampunk series that I put together in April of last year going through the development of the genre from the early 1800s to roughly the 1930s. Those blog posts turned into an academic research article, which also turned into a 90-minute presentation given at Upstate Steampunk in South Carolina.

The article I wrote, by the way, is going to be published in a forthcoming anthology from Cambridge Scholars Press, an academic press based in England. No idea when the antho is coming out, but believe me you'll hear about it.

Anyway, I tell you all this because my research into the literary roots of Steampunk is going through yet another expansion. This time, my intention is to craft an entire book examining the roots of the Steampunk subgenre, including both literature and film as part of the mix.

This presents a new problem for me though: I only know of a limited list of works that constitute the roots of Steampunk. And that is where you all come in. Leave me your suggestion for a book, author, or film that you'd like me to examine as part of my research and I will make certain I consider it.

This is your chance to be part of a research project. How about it?


Anonymous said...

For films, I would recommend Hayao Miyazaki's 'Howl's Moving Castle' and 'LAPUTA: castle in the sky'. Also Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Steamboy' is another great steampunk film.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, as an early sample of alternate history with anachronistic tech, might be useful. It's even steam!

Matthew MacNish said...

I heard from Simon Larter that you were cool. He's a good friend and a CP, so I had to stop by to follow your blog.

Nice ta meet ya!