Guest Post – 4 Elements You Just Have to Love About Steampunk

Over at Once Upon a Time, Naithin and Jaedia were kind enough to let Austin and me write a guest post to help promote the recent release of Nimbus: A Steampunk Novel. Why don’t you head on over to see exactly what we mean when we say that Nimbus is steampunk for people who don’t know they like steampunk.

Let us be frank for just a moment: we’re not fans of steampunk as a genre. We’re fans of steampunk as an aesthetic. While there are some really great steampunk stories out there [. . .] there are also a lot of them that feel very contrived, that feel like every other steampunk story.

The thing is, though, there are a lot of cool steampunk ideas out there. Craig Hallam recently said steampunk isn’t about telling stories. It’s about “[encouraging] people to create, build, imagine and fashion all manner of doodads and thingumies.”

And that’s what we love. Doodads. Thingumies. Because we have a cool fantasy story to tell, but we wanted a cool place to tell it. That’s where steampunk comes in. We got to pick and choose the parts of steampunk we loved, and then toss the rest. That’s where the fun started and the worldbuilding began. That’s where the world of Nimbus came alive.

You can read catch the whole article and a ton of other really awesome posts at Once Upon a Time.

By B.J. Keeton

B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle. He is also the author of BIRTHRIGHT and co-author of NIMBUS. Both books are available for Amazon Kindle.