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John Leavitt

Getting Around in a Steampunk World

When planning a visit to steampunk world, it is important to know how to find your way about. While not intrinsically alien, steampunk transportation does have some significant differences from our own that you should be aware of when traveling.

Upon arriving the first type of transport you are likely to see is that steampunk hallmark: the airship. Few inventions have so captured the hearts of steampunk writers and artists, perhaps due to a sense that airships never got their chance to shine in our own history. Whether it is the solitary slapdash ship of air pirates in Retribution Falls by Christopher Wooding, vast military fleets including genetically engineered floating whales in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, or the solitary circling tomb or a madman in James Blaylock’s Homunculus, airships will likely dot the skies of whatever steampunk world you visit.

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Series: Steampunk Week