Steampunk Hands 2017 – By Madeleine Holly-Rosing

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Steampunk Hands 2017

By Madeleine Holly-Rosing

Steampunk. The word evokes images of airships, gears, corsets, and mechanical clocks. But is that all it is? The answer is a resounding no. It is also a study of alternate history which examines the culture, technology, and world events that might have been if societies had evolved differently. For writers, it’s the ability to create a new world view based on the question—what if?

The irony is that I used to hate reading alternate history until I started writing it. I love history and the lessons it teaches us, but for years I didn’t think there was any point in reading an alternate version of an event of which we already knew the outcome. (Ah, the hubris.) It took a while to realize that wasn’t the point.

What I didn’t understand then, but I know now, is that…

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