BEA 2010 – Steampunk Panel

By Posted in - On Reading on May 30th, 2010 2 Comments

“Steampunkery: Why are today’s teens embracing 19th-century technologies?”

Moderator: Cory Doctorow, Author
Panelists: Authors Scott Westerfeld and Cherie Priest; Karen Grenke, Library Manager NYPL and fan girl

* Grab your headphones for the best sound *

Steampunk Panel – SLJ Day of Dialog, BEA 2010 from School Library Journal on Vimeo.

Steampunk Panel – SLJ Day of Dialog, BEA 2010 from School Library Journal on Vimeo.

Further reading:

Steampunk Week – an Introduction (and Primer) on The Book Smugglers blog

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  • Rahma - Reply

    May 30, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Greetings Lia: The streaming was pretty rough, so I couldn't hear this video, but I was wondering if you could get me a brief description of the Steampunk genre — I'm totally new to it.

    What is it, its origins and how did it get such an interesting name? Well, that's a lot to ask, isn't it? I'd love to learn more about it though.
    .-= Rahma´s last blog ..Libraries going ‘bookless’ =-.

  • Lia Keyes - Reply

    May 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Rahma, no problem. I’ll do a blog post on it. But, basically, it’s an alternate history reimagining of the 19th century and a subgenre of science fiction due to its preoccupation with alternative technology like steam and clockwork for advanced inventions with a Victorian aesthetic.

    It’s a time that never was, and a time that people bored with the clean, generic designs of the 21st century would prefer to live with.

    There’s a great article by Tor Publishing here:
    http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58009

    but I’ll do a blog post about it in the next few days, too. It’s a subject dear to my heart!

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