WHY is Steampunk GREATER than The Robot?
I mean, the Robot has its merits. It is fantastic with the classic rock opera "Kilroy Was Here", specifically the track where Kilroy escapes from his incarceration.
Yes, it does have its moments, its fantastic dancers, its crisp, precise movements.
Steampunk, however, is NOT as new as you might think. The Robot has only been around since, oh, the 70's? It reached its Zenith in the mid-80's, and has been tapering since.
Steampunk, you see, has been around since Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and George Orwell. If it was science fantasy in 1809 or 1919, then what does it MATTER that the adopted name of the brewing subculture of corsets, top hats, brass periscopes, dirigibles, tea parties, and other combined elements of the era is so far from its science fantasy core. We could wax poetic about the name, how it evokes breath, power, and just the slightest bit of rebellion.
We could discuss the elements of modern steampunk, and how it has been splintered into Dieselpunk, Steampunk, Clockpunk, and Gaslamp Fantasy.
But really, the most fun and interesting part about Steampunk is the PEOPLE. Okay, so someone can do the Robot. That's nice. Put a brass arm on them, and then let them REALLY do the robot. Some talented individuals create robots that have NOTHING to do with the dance. (In fact, the term "robot" was first introduced to popular culture by a play: Rossum's Universal Robots. Era? 1920. OH, THAT'S RIGHT AROUND THE ERA THAT STEAMPUNK EMULATES.)
Steampunk fans create some incredible mechanics, art, costume pieces, et cetera. The best part is, they generally create a spirit of openness to anyone interested in the genre.
So vote for the people who support the same roots where modern science fiction is inspired, where the Robot found its maker, and where YOU are the keeper of the keys.
/this message brought to you by the Coalition of the Steampunk Committee