A Brass Screw Confederacy and Steampunk Hootenanny! What could be more fun? This fabulous event will take place in Port Townsend, Washington from June 8 through June 10 this year. We learned about it at the Travel and Words Spring 2012 Conference held in that Victorian-focused city last weekend.
Get tickets here before May 15 for just $30, $35 afterward. For special treatment, a VIP pass is $200. Promoters plan to sell only 600 tickets, but they had already sold more than 150 by last weekend, so those who want tickets better hurry.
The Hootenanny will feature all kinds of events to celebrate the relatively recent literary/social phenomenon – Steampunk The Steampunk movement started in the imaginations of the authors of the first books, and gradually and inexorably spread outward. Here’s a brief description from the site linked above:
“…Steampunk has always been first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk).”
There is something incomparably-romantic about steam – steam railroad engines draw fans from across the land when they return to the rails for a quick trip from the restoration shed to the nearest small town; steam cars; steam airships. Wait – steam airships?
Steampunk fiction contains one or more of the following elements: set in the Victorian era, but with advanced machines; take place on Earth or another planet; and include supernatural elements. It has expanded past fiction to movies, television, games, music, performance art, gadgets and design. We’ll post a number of links at the bottom of this post to get you started.
Steam is romantic in the same way fog is romantic. London fog is the pinnacle especially when combined with the Victorian era. Here’s how the Hootenanny flyer describes the coming Port Townsend event: “Join us somewhere between 1881 and a time that yet may be for the Brass Screw Confederacy, a celebration of weird science, art, good friends…”