Mar52010

A Terribly Factious Blog: What Makes Steampunk Sexy?

SteampunkThis post was originally written for (and posted by) the lovely and talented Mr. Tee Morris, whom I am very much looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with at Balticon 44 in only a few months time.

Why is Steampunk Sexy?

So I’m bumming about the internet, as you do, and Tee tweets me.
“Wanna guest blog?” says he.
“Delighted,” says I. “Got a topic?”
“What makes Steampunk so sexy?” says he.

Truth be told, while I certainly think steampunk is sexy, I’m not sure I’m entirely qualified to answer this question. I suppose it’s kind of what I write, so I’ll give it my best shot.

Obviously, first and foremost, one word: corsets. There are a number of fine corsets (on the outside and underneath, worn by men and women) poodling about the steampunk scene. But as scrumptious as they are, there’s also that jodhpurs and newsboy-cap look (yummy!) and never discount how truly hot a man (or cross-dressing woman) in proper fitted evening dress can be, or, for that matter, the adorable grease monkey. Those flashes of brass, the occasional interesting adornment or mechanical arm which forces one to look closer, to ask questions, these only serve to make the person wearing the outfit more intriguing and approachable. That too is super sexy too. Because what it means is that the person behind the outfit is creative and smart – frankly, it there anything more sexy than that?

So we’ve dealt with the sexy surface features of steampunk, shall we delve underneath? There’s that attitude, no don’t ghetto-neck at me, not that kind of attitude. One of the best bits of the Victorian era that steampunk has gently been reviving is its manners and the politeness. Online in forums, or out and around the maker’s circuit, running into fellows of a steamy inclination at fairs or conventions, I’ve found they are genuinely pleasant to be around. I don’t know about you, but I find ladylike and gentlemanly behavior extremely sexy.

And then, I hope you’ll forgive me for going slightly philosophical here, there’s this overtone of visible technology. We live in an age where technology has become hidden away in little silver boxes. Steampunk has taken the machine and made it a work of art, and it gorgeous. Suddenly, we get to see the gears and guts spread out before us. There’s something lascivious and yes, a little dirty about that – also, very very sexy..


By Amelia Vermin

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Loving this week’s Decor It Yourself on retro 3 tired serving ware. You could make Victorian-style serving ware for cheap this way too.
Your Tisane of Smart:
Computer Engineer Barbie ?! Outside of Alias season 5, do we know any computer engineers who look like barbie?

Your Writerly Tinctures:
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SPOILER ALERT! Amazon and Powell’s have posted Changeless cover along with blurb. Blurb gives end of Soulless away so don’t read if you haven’t read the first book.
Blameless: Copy edits done. In the immortal words of John Malkovich it is now “beyond my control.”
Super Secret Project H: Treatment submitted to agent. Paused.
Super Secret Project F: Consulted betas, good to go. Hope to write first two chapters next month.
CAKE in Space: Trunked for the moment.
Steampunk Reloaded short article: Done, turned in, and VanderMeer’s have announced the table of contents.
Not so secret fiction short: Mostly finished. (For the The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2. For once, my British fans will get something first.) I’m warning you now, it may not be what you expect.

Quote of the Day:
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~ Lemony Snicket

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