A man (it’s almost always a man) becomes a powerful magician (or later, a scientist) and creates something that looks almost human. Then it all goes wrong.
Steampunk is frequently associated with the Victorian and Edwardian periods of British and world history lasting roughly from 1837, when Queen Victoria took the throne, through the end of World War I.
Welcome to issue fifty of Fantasy Magazine! On tap this month… Fiction: “Study, For Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine, “Creation” by Jeffrey Ford, “The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek” by Sarah Monette, “Sandmagic” by Orson Scott Card. Nonfiction: “Now Hiring in the Airship Lounge” by Stephen A. Watkins, “Man-Made Men” by Alex Irvine, “Five Ways to Trick the Devil” by Heather Shaw, “Feature Interview: David Gaider and Heather Rabitach of Dragon Age II” by Matt London.
My inspiration is always feelings, elusive emotions. They usually come from my dreams, my longing for other, unreal worlds. I create such a world with my paintings; they all make a whole.
At present, when one hears the word “unicorn,” the associations are obvious: a horned white horse, representing purity; a similarly chaste and pristine young woman; a series of single entendres.
In recent years, automatons have seen a surge in popularity, from steampunk contraptions to mecha. But this interest is hardly new.