Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternative history, horror, and speculative fiction. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk)

That kinda defines it, but doesn't begin to cover it.  Steampunk adds a flavor to a story line like no other.  It's fun, and ever so exciting!  Blending the romance of the Victorian age and technology, can be tricky.
Don't think that adding a few gears here and there makes it Steampunk.  There is so much more.

Unfortunately, it's rather poorly defined.  Although the Victorian/ Technology scenario is a common theme, there have been many variations of that:

  • Take place in the Victorian era but include advanced machines based on 19th century technology (e.g. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling);
  • Include the supernatural as well (e.g. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger);
  • Include the supernatural and forgo the technology (e.g. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, one of the works that inspired the term ‘steampunk’);
  • Include the advanced machines, but take place later than the Victorian period, thereby assuming that the predomination by electricity and petroleum never happens (e.g. The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling); or
  • Take place in an another world altogether, but featuring Victorian-like technology (e.g. Mainspring by Jay Lake).
I am a huge fan of cowboy/technology stories. 

The love for Steampunk has spilled over into many facets of our lives.  There are now games, movies, and TV programs that have a Steampunk flavor. Many main stream stores are selling Steampunk related clothing, and shoes.  Themed parties are sprouting up all over.  People are even redoing everyday items they own in the Steampunk theme.

Miram's Uncle is in the service of Union of States, most of his job is secret. Miram longs to follow her uncle on one of his adventures.  She stows away aboard the airship, with her uncle's help!  See what happens when they go in search of a Mummy! Many more adventures await Miram.

This is entered in a contest called the Watty Awards from Wattpad.  I would love some votes if you have the time follow this link:

I have tried to capture the Steampunk flavor with a book I wrote.  It's in the short story phase at this time.  I have introduced the characters and sent them on a short mission.

My hope is to expand that story, but to have every chapter be a new adventure.  The book, when finished with be targeted for YA, but I believe even adults will find it appealing.

8/16/2012 09:50:36

My books just miss your criteria. It is the old west (post-Civil War Texas), it's science fiction with aliens, but I do not change history. It's woven into the stories.


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