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Grab your top hat and goggles for the Steampunk express!  What do you get when you mix Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Allen Poe with Neil Gaiman, Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, Tim Powers, Robert Louis Stevenson and Ridley Scott? You get Steampunk- the exciting new literary genre and fashion taking the world by storm. Steampunk is a most curious
mixture of futuristic Victorian settings, time and space travel, intrepid inventors, mad scientists, evil top hats, the paranormal, adventurers, sci-fi, fantastic steam-powered
machines, corsets, goggles, hot air balloons, passenger dirigibles and mysteries galore.  Move over wizards! Steampunk heroes typically enlist their own inventive minds to solve problems and confront challenges, rarely resorting to trickery and magic.

In this visual introduction to Steampunk, art historian Susan Olds will trace the beginnings of the movement through Steampunk art, fashion, gadgetry, literature, illustrations and excerpts from various Steampunk novels.


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