A friend posted a comment in her blog about Steampunk Star Wars the other day. I have been thinking about the genre ever since. I spent just about all of today doing period research, genre research, story development and just a whole lot of relative poking about on Wikipedia. I did come across some very interesting things.
On Wikipedia, under analog computers is the Antikythera mechanism, discovered in ship wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, between Kythera and Crete. It was found in 1900. This item dates back to 100-150 BCE! That is an old computer.
I have always been fascinated by this genre, I just didn’t know it had a name. I love history, archeology, mechanology, steam power, and the period most commonly associated with steampunk, the Victorian era. I had several ideas for a story, and decided, this is a direction I would like to go. So, off I go.
Some of the basics have already been put to paper, as of yet there is no plot or hero’s journey, Just a very rough outline. I do have a plucky pair of historical protagonists with a cadre of cohorts picked out, along with a few antagonists ranging from government agents to industrial tycoons.
There are several directions this can go. I will just have to keep developing at least a short story along each of these lines. Once I get something less vaporous, at least a solid outline or short, I will post it.