I kind of want it for a wallpaper or something.
— brian kesinger (@briankesinger) May 24, 2016
I suspect that the author of the review is just a touch offended at the choice of villain (Dude. Spoilers!), but the man does have a point about the pinups. That’s a bit… freaky, really.
Still: the thought of Palin, Obama, and McCain as a steam-cyborg hero team against a worldwide conspiracy?
That’s just cute.
PS: Out of curiosity, when did the romance genre start mining steampunk, fantasy, science fiction, and – most relentlessly – horror?
As near as I can tell, there was almost no structural modifications done here:
The artist obviously painted the toy, but if you look at the original (the Nerf N-Strike Maverick Blaster) closely there’s actually a lot of steampunk-friendly detail there already. Even the nameplate is actually in the original; the paint job merely makes it obvious. It makes you wonder why Nerf didn’t simply produce this beauty in brass and brown rather than yellow and gunmetal in the first place…
Well, presuming that you like women, that is.
Anyway, if you look at this:
…and your response is Yowza, congratulations: you’ll probably be into Steampunk. I suggest that you start with The Difference Engine, The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and go on from there.
A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.
Robotic Technology Inc.’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — that’s right, “EATR” — “can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment (and other organically-based energy sources), as well as use conventional and alternative fuels (such as gasoline, heavy fuel, kerosene, diesel, propane, coal, cooking oil, and solar) when suitable,” reads the company’s Web site.
That “biomass” and “other organically-based energy sources” wouldn’t necessarily be limited to plant material — animal and human corpses contain plenty of energy, and they’d be plentiful in a war zone.
OK, that upgrades it slightly from Disturbing to Disturbing, Yet Slightly Awesome. Something like that would make the retro-future so actinically bright, you’d have to wear goggles.
…they think that people can come up with something better than what they did:
Personally, I think that the BSG 1.0 Cylons were closer to the entire steampunk aesthetic than the BSG 2.0 ones – although in 1978 I wouldn’t have said so, being both: a, eight; and b, utterly ignorant that Powers, Blaycock, & Jeter were going to invent the steampunk genre a decade later.
…and really, who among us is not? – Anyway, I suggest that you check out this post by Yours in a White Wine Sauce!, which appears to be a site that’s all about the Vernian–Wellsian–Castle Falkenstein flavor of steampunk.
No, there’s more than one flavor to the genre. For example, compare the above to, say, The Difference Engine…