Okay, that is a shocker. Starting a post on a naturist fiction blog with a show of clothing. Still, this is important, if only sideways.
Steampunk, as defined on Wikipedia, is:
Steampunk is a retrofuturisticsubgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the British Victorian era or the American “Wild West”, where steam power remains in mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Many people these days enjoy the steampunk subgenre / subculture because of its excessive use of gadgets and, at times, extreme outfits.
Something like this is definitely outrageous, and it fits the steampunk style perfectly.
So why am I taking you on this trip into steampunk? Well… you may have caught somewhere that I am a writer. And in the non-naturist arena I have written a few steampunk stories. So now I thought it would be a good moment to attempt a naturist steampunk story. By the way, this is what I meant in my previous post about also reading non-naturist fiction. Had I not read about non-naturist steampunk, I would perhaps not have known about it.
But onward with this post. I kid you not. Part of steampunk lore involves nice gadgets like rayguns, a mysterious element called aether, and lots of other goodies, like automatons (a.k.a. robots running on steam and gears), and dirigibles. Some people prefer the name airships.
This opens up an entirely new terrain for me. In fact, I don’t know if there was ever someone who had the idea to write a steampunk naturist story, as both concepts seem to go against each other.
And still I am going to give this a shot. I set up some kind of outline, defined some characters and I even have a dirigible already. It’s name? Skyghost.
I cannot promise if this venture will ever see completion. It’s a complicated set of worlds I am trying to mix here, and it goes slow. So far 2000 words slow, over four days. (I admit I did other things too, like work and add to other stories.)
And if this thing fails, at least I got to tell you about steampunk.
If you are interested in my non-naturist steampunk works, do check out my other website.
6 thoughts on “Do you know what ‘steampunk’ is?”
Having just spent a partly cloudy weekend at the open resort closest to me, I am inspired to suggest that you invent a steam powered gizmo that either blows away clouds or sucks them in so it can use their moisture to self perpetuate.
Thank you for the idea. Maybe it will fit into the story, but the way it is progressing now, it’s on another track. We’ll see. 🙂
Hey, Paul, what a neat idea this is! Why not? I mean, isn’t the point of being a nudist/naturist/naked-getting-person the freedom to where what you want, when and how you want? — but without being restricted to one thing or another thing or nothing at all …
I remember a warm summer evening, Friday evening, I think, in the crowded dining room of a naturist resort, when a woman showed up at the table I was sitting at (it was all family dining there), wearing a fuzzy blue boa on her arms and over her shoulders — and nothing else. He looked at her, up and down, and said, “Hey, that’s nifty.” She said, “Why, thank you!” And then he looked at her quizzickly and said, “But why are you wearing it?” And we all laughed.
But isn’t that an aspect of the “Steampunk” genre you’re writing about? I mean, suppose that the guy in your first picture is wearing that fancy, leather-trimmed brown and black hat, holding the glasses, wearing the coat that matches his hat … and nothing else? And no one blinks as he walks bare-assed through the crowd: who may be dressed similarly — or not at all, as each prefers.
I think it’s a great idea: I’ll be interested to see where you take it.
The man in the leather hat is there to give the blog-readers an idea of Steampunk. Most people haven’t even heard of it.
For now I am focussing on other parts of steampunk, and I am not going to divulge which those are. Mostly because I still don’t know that myself. I’m still at chapter 2. It’s a very slow process, and the fact that my job is eating up a lot of time isn’t helping either.
Add to that another bunch of stories I’m also writing… hahaha
I’m sure you get the picture.
Thank you for sharing the boa-story, it made me smile!
Paul, I am intrigued. I actually didn’t know what steampunk was. Now that I know, you are right, it would be very intriguing to write a steampunk-naturist story.
I am sure it will see ‘The End’ at some point. It’s going slow but I have a fairly good idea where this will go. 🙂