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Steampunk Reloaded
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catvalente
Yeah, so, not feeling quite as great about that steampunk post on the other side of a good night's sleep. Possibly was a little rough.I was just so tired of talking about practically nothing else, whether it was positive or negative. A little voice in the back of my head said do not post this, there is no way your friends will not think it's about them and their books even though it isn't, and well, angel on the right shoulder FAIL.

I think the most important thing for me to come out of that conversation for me was asking tithenai  why steampunk was so important that it, unlike any other subgenre, deserved all the specially-created space to work itself out. We aren't worried that if vampire fiction doesn't get lots of devoted time on every website, it won't mature as a genre and find its way--and dissing vampire fiction is like the internet's hobby. Ditto with almost anything I can think to slot in there. Some of it is that 24/7 internet news cycle, which is what I really meant to talk about and went off message a bit. But some of it is that steampunk IS being treated specially.

Her answer was that no other genre has so much potential yet is so very problematic. I can almost agree. I'm sure one more potetial-stuffed and problematic will come along. It is perhaps that the other ones that fulfill those needs, like cyberpunk (I think it has equal race, class, and gender issues) is not cool anymore, so people aren't engaging with it the same way they do with the Current Big Thing.

Because there is this underlying idea that steampunk is Important. I am hardly the first to spill ink on it, even this week. And I wonder why.

(It's been asked that we talk about something else now. Like space stations. Comments are, in addition to replying to this post, an open thread for spaceship/station/pony talk.)


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Oh, I think so, yes. I mean, it doesn't even take an island for humans to start acting like that. Our island is barely a mile from the mainland and we are very wound up in our islander not portlander identity.

Sorry- I didn't mean to dictate to you what you should be talking about in YOUR OWN BLOG. I was just trying to help...

No it's awesome! Let's talk about space ponies!

Hasn't any myth done that yet? WHY NOY?

"Space Ponies" is just tickling me at the moment. But some kid's played that! It could be used! It could be viable!

(I hope you feel better, Ms. Valente.)

Well, Superman used to have a villain called Terra-Man for some reason that was a space cowboy, and Supergirl had Comet the Super-Horse. I'm sure there was a story with wild horses in space at some point there.

For the record, Ghost Pigs > Space Ponies.

Just sayin'.

That's true. But then there is PIGS IN SPACE.

But then would there a whole industry in space carrots?

Do flying carnivorous horses count? If so, my three-year-old is all set.

Have you read This Alien Shore by C. S. Friedman? It addresses this very thing, among many other things it touches on. The writing's a bit rough and cliche sometimes, but the social commentary is fascinating so far. I'm reading it right now.

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