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Topic: Who killed steampunk?

In my latest story for Never Was, I argue it’s getting harder to maintain that steampunk is just resting. It may not be dead, but it certainly isn’t as alive as it used to be.

What happened?

My view is that an arrogant attempt to politicize steampunk drove people away. Imagine you came to the scene because you were drawn to the stories and the style — and told you weren’t doing it right if you didn’t share the radical, anti-capitalist ideology of a loud minority that tried to mix steampunk and politics.

I left steampunk myself for a few years because of this mentality. Now that many of the punks have left — disappointed that they could not remake steampunk in their image — is it too late to revive it?

Click here to read the whole thing, and please let me know what you think!

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Re: Who killed steampunk?

I got a lot of responses to the story, both at the website and on social media.

I've written a follow-up to respond to the three most common criticisms I received:

  • You’re ignoring the convention and music scene.

  • You’re trying to force your view of steampunk on others.

  • You’re blaming “social justice warriors” and providing a refuge to misogynists and racists.

Click here to read.

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Re: Who killed steampunk?

We have two more follow-ups to the "Who Killed Steampunk?" article: