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Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian And A Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into The Future of Technology

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What would nowadays's technology appear to be with Victorian-era design and materials? That is the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor choice of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and driven by gears. On this book, futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott explore steampunk, a cultural movement that's captivated thousands of artists, designers, makers, hackers, and writers all the way through the world.

Just like nowadays, the late 19th century used to be an age of rapid technological change, and writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells commented on their time with implausible stories that jumpstarted science fiction. Through interviews with experts such as William Gibson, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, James Gleick, and Margaret Atwood, this book looks into steampunk's vision of old-world craftsmen making beautiful hand-tooled gadgets, and what it says about our age of disposable technology.

Steampunk is all over–as gadget prototypes at Maker Faire, novels, and comic books, paintings and photography, sculptures, fashion design, and music. Discover how this elaborate view of a history that never existed can lend a hand us reimagine our future.

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