Friday, August 17, 2007

Steam what?

It seems that last night in a fit of drunken folly, I committed to writing a steam punk feature script in September and October.

Well, the brief is actually to write a period feature of any sort, but steam punk is explicitly allowed and that's what I've decided to do.

Guess I'll be watching/reading a lot of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells in the next couple of weeks. If anyone can suggest other good examples of the genre, please suggest away.

Oh, and on a completely different note, in that same fit of drunken folly, John Barrowman's Bumming Carousel officially became John Barrowman's Bumming Carousel of Evil. Please update your records accordingly.


Blogger William Gallagher said...

Does "The Difference Engine" by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling count?

Not really my field but I think I remember enjoying that. Somehow I liked the idea when I thought it was a one-off, if it's an entire genre then I'm not so sure.


11:50 AM  
Blogger Phill Barron said...

I still prefer 'John Barrowman's Bumming Carousel of Doom' - it has a nice ring to it.

Oh and it needs an elipsis:

'John Barrowman's Bumming Carousel ... of DOOM!'

And then maybe some evil laughing.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Piers said...

You speak for yourselves.

For me it will always be "John Barrowman's Bumming Carousel of Fun and Laughter"

3:28 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Right, I've just paid a visit to Amazon and got The Difference Engine, The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (highly recommended on Wikipedia's steampunk entry), and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

I'll be lucky to get through one of those between now and the 1st of September. Never mind.

And it's so "Bumming Carousel of Evil".

3:39 PM  
Blogger Tinkergirl said...

Though it's written for younger readers, I very much liked the over-the-top fun of Larklight, the novel. That's how I prefer my Steampunk novels.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Pillock said...

Lyra's world, in Pullman's Northern Lights, has a steampunk feel.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Thanks for the tip Tinkergirl. I'll keep an eye out for Larklight.

I read Northern Lights a few years ago Pillock, and enjoyed it immensely. (The other books in the series, less so.) Unfortunately, my copy got left on a train, so I may need to source a new one and re-read, or at least re-skim.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Pillock said...

I felt the same. The story starts so bloody well, then slowly goes downhill,though never flopped enough to put me off finishing.

I think the steampunk elements are things like anbaric light, zeppelins... I also love the subtle shifts, like what we call a scientist is a philosopher in Lyra's world. And their implements and gadgets are called 'philosophical instruments.' That's kinda steampunkish.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Oli said...

I also had a moment of inspiration for a steampunk screenplay. There must be something in the air...

...steam, perhaps?

1:28 PM  

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