Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

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Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Liz » Sat Feb 21, 2009 2:41 pm

ONBC: So, is it steampunk? Opinions seem to vary.

GD: I've no idea. Certainly I don't think of it either way. There's very little steam as such, to be sure. But if steampunk means anything of value, I think, it means a re-assessment of the past by way of the present/future (as a way of understanding ourselves). From that point of view, I'd also think of books like Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, which is a great science-fiction book set completely in the past/present, or the first book of his Baroque Trilogy. To me the reasons to set the book where I did were clear: 1) the overlap of industrialism, imperialism, and morality and 2) the effusion of literary genres in English arising out of the 19th century - that both of these seemed very good ways to talk about how we live now, since we still tell those genre stories, and we still grapple with the problem of exercising power in the world and being able to sleep at night.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Theresa » Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:55 pm

I had never even heard of the term "steampunk" before we started discussing this book. Shows how clueless I am. :dunce:

But if steampunk means anything of value, I think, it means a re-assessment of the past by way of the present/future (as a way of understanding ourselves).

Good answer. :cool:

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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Linda B. » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:13 am

Me, either... steampunk, eh? Here's what Wikipedia has to say: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality."
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Liz » Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:04 am

Thanks for the definition, Linda B. Based on that definition, I would say Glass Books is Steampunk for sure.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby nebraska » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:08 pm

I needed that definition, too. Amazing what I learn here! ;-)

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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby trygirl » Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:07 pm

This book has steampunk written all over it.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Liz » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:59 pm

You have a way with words, trygirl. ;-)
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby gemini » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:37 pm

I guess I am clueless as well for this is the first I heard the term steampunk. Funny though, because it seems like the type of writing that I would read. I love science fiction no matter what era it is staged in. I like Dalhqusit point that if it has value it is in a way of understanding ourselves
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby fansmom » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:20 pm

Some lovely steampunk computers--
Gorgeous keyboard--
Scanner--
Just for fun, google "steampunk" and "depp" and look at how much stuff comes up.

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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Liz » Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:01 am

fansmom wrote:Some lovely steampunk computers--
Gorgeous keyboard--
Scanner--
Just for fun, google "steampunk" and "depp" and look at how much stuff comes up.

There seems to be an Ichabod/Svenson theme. Interesting stuff. Those keyboards are lovely. But I don't think I'd like the space in the middle.
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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby ladylinn » Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:26 am

After reading everyones definations - my conclusion:

The Glass Book = Steampunk

Steampunk = The Glass Book

:perplexed: ??????

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Re: Gordon Dahlquist Q&A #16

Unread postby Liz » Mon Feb 23, 2009 1:06 pm

ladylinn wrote:After reading everyones definations - my conclusion:

The Glass Book = Steampunk

Steampunk = The Glass Book

:perplexed: ??????

Exactly!
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