Notes on Literature: A Very Brief Note on Steampunk

Steampunk typically re-imagines intangible 20th/21st Century technology remade with 19th Century mechanical parts (clockwork, gears, pistons, valves, engines…) as in William Gibson’s Difference Engine or made tangible by unimaginable future advances in technology as in Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age. Is this, then, its allure? Making the intangible physically tangible? Imagining the magic of technology being worked with the hand and the mind instead of just the mind?

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