“Leftist Constructs” Featured in Overland Magazine

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Today I got my contributor’s copy of Overland, Australia’s oldest progressive literary magazine. The editor had asked me to write about the state of politics in the steampunk movement, and I threw in my two bits and thensome. You can read it in their current print issue or on their website online. Here’s a snippet to get those gears turning:

Steampunks tend not to idealise the past, despite being fascinated by this conflicted history. Just as cyberpunk – the sci-fi term that inspired Jeter’s ‘steampunk’ – involved conflict with shady multinational corporations and the authoritative state in a techno-infused future, today’s steampunk community flips the bird at Victorian norms, dismantling history and exposing it as the construct that it is.

“Leftist Constructs: The Radicalism of Steampunk” – Read the whole article here.

Overland’s blog editor Rachel Liebhaber also wanted to ask me some questions about steampunk subculture, why I think it’s gaining popularity, and other tidbits in addition to the article. So I answered them as a website exclusive in “Writing Steampunk.”

Check them both out, and let me know what you think!


Filed under Announcement, Beyond Victoriana Odds and Ends, Essays, Interviews

2 responses to ““Leftist Constructs” Featured in Overland Magazine

  1. Wonderful article — now I have a place to send people when they say, “but isn’t steampunk . . . ?”