Richard Harland on writing and Steampunk

  Steampunk Clockwork Spider Brass and Cop by Catherinette Rings Steampunk, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License  by  Catherinette Rings Steampunk  

Another post about Steampunk (More thoughts on Steampunk and Alternate History) has written by Richard Harland (author of Worldshaker) and posted on the Ripping Ozzie Reads Blog. I came across it last week when I was looking for sites supporting reading and writing. Richard Harland has a site devoted to giving out free tips for aspiring writers, and he offers  Australian, US and British versions. I have only looked at the Australian tips. 

In the ROR post he muses about writing in the steampunk sub-genre. He discusses fantasy, alternate history, points of divergence from history as we know it (which he callsPODs) and tries to identify an era. I particularly like the discussion about alternate histories and that he encourages writers to think up some creative and different ways diverging from some that have begun to be a bit passe. The images he used to illustrate his post are of some amazing steampunk USB’s. There are really some very inventive and clever people out there! 

This is not the first time Richard has written about Steampunk. On his Worldshaker site he posted a definition here. Richard’s sites are worth looking at if you are interested in many aspects of writing, not just steampunk.

I can’t resist adding 2 more images. The first is a steampunk phone and the second came about as I was looking for some images for Dr Who. It turned up in a post on the  Brass Googles site.

NB I used imagecodr to embed the 1st 2 images from Flickr 

Steampunk Mobile Phone by urban don, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  urban don  

Steampunk Dalek (Alex Holden)

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2 Responses

  1. Steampunk is a very interesting genre and it seems to, pardon my pun, be picking up a lot of steam lately. Many of the writing sites that I frequent mention steampunk. I enjoyed the links and the photos.
    -Josh

    • It is a great genre. Working in a boy’s school I have found that it lends itself to a variety of interesting responses from our students. A lot of the boys enjoy creating (designing, drawing or making models) as way to link into a story and there are many ideas about what they can create for steampunk stories.

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