I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

8 thoughts on “Steamtrooper or stormtrooper?

  • September 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Star Wars has no place in the world of Steam Punk. If you want to dress as boba fet or a storm trooper theres a place for that, it’s called a star wars convention…

  • September 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Both the Stormtrooper helm and the helm of Boba Fett, as well as Vader’s and even the technicians and all of the members of the Imperial forces are based on historic styles of helms. Saying that they don’t belong in Steampunk is like saying that leather caps and aviator goggles don’t belong because they were used in WWI and there are people that reenact it so if you want to wear that go be with them. Next you would say that using the garb of the American west circa 1890 couldn’t be Steampunk.

  • September 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    What is Star Wars?

  • September 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I guess Max won’t approve of the mish mash of Steampunk – Ben 10 that I am doing for my son…

    It is going to be awesome!

  • September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    One of the amazing things about steampunk, is that you can do anything with it. There’s almost nothing that “doesn’t belong”

  • September 22, 2011 at 1:18 am

    It’s more like Steampunk doesn’t fit anywhere. I mean, it’s all about anachronism, alternate history and superfluous rivets and gears. It’s a past that wasn’t, a future that won’t be. It can be mixed with anything, because it has no real place of its own.

  • September 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I’m not crazy about the execution on these — I can see paint, and I don’t know why I’d want copper as a helmet material — but I have seen other executions that were rather cool.

    as for code-mixing and genre-mixing, I don’t know a lot of steampunks, but the ones I do know are crazy for code-mixing steampunk with other stuff. I’m aware that there are some purists out there, but to me being a ‘steampunk purist’ is a little inconsistent to begin with. I mean, purist about what? do you want to stick to only victorian/edwardian materials? but what about all that cool new tech that your steampunk world is supposedly exploiting — is none of it materials tech? and does the parallel history involve no deviations from victorian/edwardian presentational norms?

  • November 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    And why not?
    “A Long Time Ago in a galaxy far, far away”

    Surely the Victorians were a long time ago?
    Now where is the Steampunk Darth Vader wielding a electrick [sic] sword cane?

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