Hi All, I'm currently doing an MA in Creative Writing and I'm writing my academic dissertation on Steampunk. Specifically, on the cyborg-type horror elements, the fusion of man and machine. Of…Continue
"Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Rising have to do with this, although they're more cyberpunk. Neouromancer too! Cyberpunk I believe has a lot more body horror in it. Most of the time, it's cleaner. You could always use this as an example…"
"This may not be steampunk, but I would at least mention 2001: Space Odyssey because of HAL's movement toward independent intelligence. It was a novel by Arthur C. Clarke before it was a film.
wikipedia's entry for Cyborg includes a number…"
"You said literature and not film, so mentioning Darth Vader isn't helpful - but it's worth noting that Obi Wan's condemnation of him in A New Hope is not "he's a mass-murdering psychopath," but "he is more machine…"
"I am not sure if this reply is too late to be of any use, but read the short story The House of Gears by Jonathan L. Howard (you can find it online at Fantasy Magazine). There is a grotesque little man (Samhet) in that story, one…"
"And along these same lines, I also recommend:
Sympathy or the Devil: Renaissance Magic and the Ambivalence of Idolsby Wouter J. Hanegraaff@Esoteric.msu.eduExcellent discussion of the Classical practice of "ensouling statues".~ and…"
"You might want to look at Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine, which has several sections on automata and one on mechanical women. It's about the Renaissance, yes, but it spans mankind in general as well,…"
"Philip Reeve has the Hungry City Chronicles which feature cyborg characters.
Soldiers are re-animated and fitted with replacement mechanics where the body was damaged. Not only are they physically remade, but the memory is wiped…"
"This follows well here. This is a link Claudia shared with m in the Automata - Self Aware? thread.
The future is here cyborgs walk among us
To answer your question of why it's so dominant, I feel S-punk is, in the main, an…"
"The 'Eve' to Shelley's 'Adam' - some 68 years later :
Tomorrow's Eveby Villiers de L'isle Adam, 1886.(Preview @GoogleBooks)http://tinyurl.com/3f85m3mThe Future Eve@Wikipediahttp://tinyurl.com/3qj9s7z
I'm one of those people who have always loved steampunk without knowing it - fascinated with airships, the dark aesthetic of industrialisation, extravagant fantastical machines etc. Discovering it as a genre in its own right, I've become deeply interested in expanding my knowledge in the area.
I'm a writer, currently studying for a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and working on my first novel - steampunk, naturally. I'm also interested in horror, dystopia and apocalypse - further manifestations in my writing.
For weekly articles and musings on writing, my MA and steampunk, please visit my website: www.sophieplayle.com
What do you hope to find at The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild?