Steampunk Differences, an Allegory for Diversity

Posted: June 21, 2012 by Big Rich in Reblogged, Steampunk

Deep thoughts?

Titanium Brain

     Science fiction often paints a hopeful picture of our future, or warns where our current mistakes might lead. Steampunk fans pull together an eclectic collection of elements from across time and space to build a reality simultaneously familiar and exotic.

In my travels to conventions I met a diverse spectrum of enthusiasts and the common thread amongst them, steampunk, came in as many variations as those gathered.

But whether you’re decked out from head to toe in gears, goggles, and spats, or just wearing a bowler hat; you’re in, accepted, and welcomed. I love it. Granted we can’t all agree on whether or not Doctor Who is steampunk, and we don’t all pine for steam-powered fairy wings; but differences needn’t spoil our fun.

How many of those gathered feel as comfortable amongst their coworkers and family? How many fit within a stereotype that isolates them from their daily world…

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