June 20th, 2010
This weekend, I was invited to attend an anime convention called Tokyo in Tulsa, complete with a Steampunk-themed ball. It was an interesting lesson in what modern youth are reading and doing today, and I am pleased to report that the Victorian Era has never been more popular, thanks to Steampunk. For those unfamiliar with the term, Steampunk is a blend of Victorian science fiction and adventure with a modern twist and a kicker of Uber-geek steam technology. The people there wore ornate and expensive costumes, often accompanied by old-fashioned goggles and pseudo-scientific looking rifles or pistols covered in copper and watch-parts. Some of these outfits would have made a Victorian blush, or call Bethlehem Asylum.
This is the future of Victorian literature, I told myself. Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires. Sherlock Holmes stopped a Martian invasian. Adjust, or as the Daleks say, be exterminated. I was pleased to see Cyrus Barker well represented. Long black coats, tinted lenses, and plenty of pistols are the order of the day. Rule Britannia, I say.
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