I personally find the steampunk sub-genre very interesting. Not being very machine minded myself, I’m not sure I have much to offer to it but I do love history and especially the Victorian time period. Apparently this genre has been around since the late 80’s, although I feel like I’ve just started hearing about it in the past few years or so.
There are all kinds of materials out there about steampunk.
There are the books…
There’s the jewelry…
There are the fashion choices overall…
There is even a fun dress up game to play online.
And, of course, there is a convention that caters to all things steampunk. Well, there are plenty all around the country I am sure, but this one in particular is close to me. They say it better than I can on their website:
AnachroCon is a celebration of history both real and imagined. It is a place where those who have a love for yesterday’s future mix and mingle with those who chronicle the past and present.
AnachroCon is a home for Steampunks, Neo-Victorians, Retro-Futurists, Historical Re-enactors, Time Travelers, and general students of history, as well as those wishing to explore these areas.
We are dedicated to the principle of providing a safe social environment for the free exchange of ideas. We gather to interact, share, dance, and explore the possibilities of all things historical, alternately historical and fictional. We also strive to hold ourselves to the highest standards of decorum and education.
AnachroCon is, and shall remain, a convention at which the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Held on February 24th-26th, 2012, AnachroCon has speakers, authors, artists, impersonators, and a vendor’s room. Only $50 until January 31st and $60 at the door, the convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Select Perimeter. I’m not sure if I will be able to go (money’s a bit tight), but it certainly looks like fun!
All the info can be found at their website.