Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Part One

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

PART 1 – STEAMPUNK PRIMER: A Definition in So Many Words

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Author, The Balloon Hoax

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HOW IS ‘STEAMPUNK FICTION’ DEFINED?

Steampunk is an acknowledged subgenre of Science Fiction and Fantasy. All three members of this literary family exist to answer the same question: “What if?” Beyond this commonality, everyone appears to have their own scholarly or intuitive definition of Steampunk fiction, and as a result, discussion and controversy seem to grow along with the genre’s popularity.

In his book, “Steampunk: An Illustrated History”, best-selling author Brian J. Robb presents ideas from a number of knowledgeable sources to show the complexities of reaching consensus. Robb sets out his own requisite that “altered history” is essential to Steampunk storytelling and more enigmatically suggests that “[Steampunk] is history from the minds of men.”

He quotes Stephen Hunt, author of the popular Jackelian Series of Steampunk novels: “For my work it’s always been the hard fusion between fantasy and the society of the Victorians”; and also Editor Lou Anders, who says, “Steampunk is anachronistic science fiction, chiefly but not exclusively concerned with the nineteenth century. There are those who believe that in order to be true Steampunk a work must be set and centered around Victorian England.”

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Steampunk and the Heroine’s Journey: Introduction

The surprising impact of Steampunk novels on The Heroine’s Journey

A series by Mary Sheridan

INTRODUCTION

It is the visual images of Steampunk that first grab our attention, but the fantastical nature of its fiction invites us to step into the parlor for tea with the storytellers.

What is Steampunk, you ask?

Magic and illusion intertwined with reality; history bending to imagination. Science abused by impossible theories to create implausible yet ingenious contraptions, and readers willing to suspend all logic, because in the fantasy worlds of Steampunk a popular historical paradigm is in play. Authors and readers feel a sense that what appears improbable might actually be possible.

If you haven’t read Steampunk and are wondering what to expect, the following paragraphs are a mash-up of themes; a contrived sampling of a few sights and sounds not quoted from specific novels but imagined for this Fangirl series as a glimpse at Steampunk’s fictional range. As preposterous as this compilation of complexities may seem, similar individual elements can be found in most Steampunk novels.

Something mysterious, or worse, follows a familiar-looking man into the swirling fog that hangs in the dark and empty streets of old London. A pack of dogs wail in the near distance. Beneath a gaslight, the shadow of a tall figure turns a cloaked arm in his direction. Icy fear raises hairs on flesh that glows orange as the flamethrower approaches. The man with a familiar face does not hear Big Ben ring the midnight hour.

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New to (Doctor) Who

A week and two days ago, I knew the following about the television show Doctor Who:

It was a sci-fi program from the BBC that’d been aired in the 1960s and then revived in the early 2000s. The blue police box is called The TARDIS. The Doctor guy time travels, regenerates, and carries a magic wand thing called a Sonic Screwdriver. Usually someone goes with him who is referred to as a Companion (but not like on Firefly). The robot that looks kind of like a cheese grater is called a Dalek.

That was it.

I’d never seen an episode, just gleaned this info from the pop culture ether. A bit over a year ago, I noticed its availability in Netflix’s streaming service and added it to my queue as something I’d maybe give a shot someday when I didn’t feel like watching anything else.

Last August I noticed all the buzz on the internet regarding a new Doctor to be announced. A vocal part of that fandom hoped that the Doctor would be played by a woman this time. I kept an ear of curiosity open for the announcement – and then Peter Capaldi was revealed to be the new actor for the role. (See The Atlantic’s reaction: The Depressing, Disappointing Maleness of Doctor Who‘s New Time Lord.) With no stroke of familiarity or intrigue, I continued right back along my path of “maybe someday I’ll watch an episode.”

About two weeks ago, I finally realized that the Colonel . . . → Read More: New to (Doctor) Who

Fangirls Around the Web: August 17, 2014

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Assembly of Geeks Gab Guardians!

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Assembly of Geeks: SDCC and More

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Ryan Hurley Visits Assembly of Geeks

This week’s Assembly of Geeks episode “The New Thor, Captain America & Turtles That Are Also Ninja” is posted. Ryan Hurley from the Turtle Power Podcast joins the Assembly. I met Ryan at the RebelForce Radio meet-up at Star Wars Weekends. (That’s him dressed as Indiana Jones.) He talks about how RebelForce Radio inspired him to podcast. What I loved about this episode was his insight into the transformation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle script. He offers some great insights for Star Wars fans as we venture into the Disney movie age.

From the show notes:

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is just weeks away from coming out. We thought it was a good time to check our enthusiasm levels and figure out what we will/won’t see in the film. Ryan Hurley from the Turtle Power Podcast presents his thoughts to the geek assembly.

We also examine the news and responses to the announcements of a new Thor and a new Captain America. Other topics include the voice of the Star Wars Rebels Inquisitor, the idea of a Frozen/Once Upon A Time stand-alone show, extra Wampas in The Empire Strikes Back, details on the Agent Carter TV series and Screenrant’s top 10 good movies that were ruined by bad endings.

We manage to cover all of this as we try to get ready for Batman Day.

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