Technology

Speculation on the particulars of global steampunk technology.

Steam, Electricity, Magic, and Complexity

By Branch, October 31st, 2010

A comment in the recent batch of Tor blog posts on steampunk made me reflect on the insistence of one significant faction that steampunk must focus on the mechanical, not the electrical. As though they were separate. As though the 19th C European technological types weren’t all over electricity, and, in fact, magic. The rallying […]

Propulsion, Mechanics, Steam, and Society

By Branch, July 8th, 2010

One of the points I find ironic in the nomenclature of steampunk is that, when you get right down to brass tacks, we are still a steam-driven society. It’s just that, these days, the mechanical movement propelled by the steam generates electricity rather than being applied directly to the motion of pumps or wheels or […]

The Historical Fulcrum

By Branch, June 12th, 2010

The goal of most of my steampunk worldbuilding has been to get everyone to meet at the 17th and 18th centuries. Up to that point, my concept of technological development has been very standard and historical; some things get noticed earlier, like movable type or the steam turbine, some social catalysts are moved around to […]