Greetings all, with many happy returns of the day. I am a science writer who has recently been drawn into the wonderful world of Steampunk. I have spoken with a number of friends experimenting with Steampunk, and they say that the genre is actually undefinable--a bit fantasy, sci-fi meets history, alternate timelines dealing with social issues. For the most part, I get it, but I am having a devil of a time trying to decide on appropriate story scenarios to open my series of YA novels with. I have my characters, and a ton of ideas, but could use some feedback from other writers about what feels appropriate for the genre, and which storyline to open with:
Topic 1--An eccentric scientist and his automaton disappear. Months later a mysterious string of impossible robberies occur suggesting a non-human perpetrator.
Topic 2-A band of thieves steal an airship to use in a string of bank robberies. One of the main characters is employed to sneak aboard and steal the key from the inventor, but winds up having second thoughts when he gets to know the crew. The story can go in two different directions.
I am wrestling with whether or not I am mixing too much fantasy into the story. Should I keep the setting of London, or include a deserted island as per Verne, or introduce a mythical lost race? Is it too much.
Can not wait to hear from you.