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Steampunk in Santa Fe?

SANTA FE, N.M. — While Santa Fe style often extends beyond the turquoise and bolo stereotype, it never seems to have extended to the steampunk aesthetic. OK, maybe it had its 15 seconds of fame locally — about as long as a store selling steampunk-style clothing and accessories lasted in the outlet mall.

So it will be interesting to see if there’s a latent steampunk streak running through the City Different.

We’ll have a chance to find out. The off-beat and always interesting Jean Cocteau Cinema is holding a steampunk costume contest 7 p.m. July 30, in conjunction with readings by authors Joe Abercrombie and Cherie Priest, who apparently has a steampunk writing style. Who knew such a thing even existed?

But the website does indeed list a number of books coming out in that genre. In a 2010 posting, “JRRL” describes it as “a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk).”

Got that?

The writer goes on to say: “Steampunk has a philosophical angle as well, which is somewhat of a combination between the maker ideals of creativity and self-reliance and the Victorian optimistic view of the future.”

So towards month-end we’ll get an idea of how many self-reliant, optimistic and creative punks are in the City Different.


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