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Steampunk is a fictional world or era where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain — that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.[1]

The "punk" part of steampunk refers to our anti-establishment tendencies. D.I.Y. is of itself anti-establishment. With steampunk we are rejecting the plastic, disposable, throw-away society and returning to quality workmanship using durable and ecologically-friendly (compared to plastic) materials such as wood, glass, brass, and leather. Re-purposing is another strong theme within steampunk. Steampunk@Tangleball is essentially the antithesis of our friends at Tangleball who build and use RepRaps, those who choose to embrace the plastic.

Bored with digital technology's smooth surfaces, steampunk "tinkers" take their cue from the submarines and flying machines popularized by 19th century French science-fiction pioneer Jules Verne, among other figures. Retro-technology restores to a place of honor gears, cranks, springs, tubes, pulleys and bolts, the more the merrier. VanderMeer says, "Whether they're artifacts or working machines, you've got these makers who build amazing things either by modifying existing technologies or by building stuff from scratch that's sparked by the Victorian or Industrial Revolution."[2]

[1] Source: Wikipedia:
[2] Source: Los Angeles Times: Steampunk culture full speed ahead

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