Burning Man and steampunk are made for each other. Think sci-fi/fantasy, alternative history, Wild West, Victorian costumes and mutant vehicles and you could be thinking about Burning Man… or you could be thinking about steampunk.
Although I have spent much of my life reading science fiction… and many of my favorite authors have dipped into the world of steampunk (some like Jules Verne, long before the genre evolved), it was at Burning Man that I first heard the name.
I view steampunk as an escape into the past, a form of romantic fantasy where Victorian elegance and advanced steam engine technology exist side by side. Gas engines, electricity, and strait-laced Victorian attitudes have yet to be invented.
The elaborate costumes and mutant vehicles that are so central to the Burning Man experience provide fertile ground for steampunk culture. Two mutant vehicles, El Pulpo Mechanico and Neverwas Haul, stand out in my mind as archetypes of steampunk presence at Burning Man.
I look forward to seeing in what wonderfully creative ways steampunk will be represented at Burning Man 2013.
If you have enjoyed this blog, you might want to check out my five reasons for going to Burning Man in 2014.
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