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Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into the Future of Technology - James H. Carrott, Brian David Johnson
Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into the Future of Technology
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What would today’s technology look like with Victorian-era design and materials? That’s the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and driven by gears. In this book, futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James... show more
What would today’s technology look like with Victorian-era design and materials? That’s the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and driven by gears. In this book, futurist Brian David Johnson and cultural historian James Carrott explore steampunk, a cultural movement that’s captivated thousands of artists, designers, makers, hackers, and writers throughout the world. Just like today, the late 19th century was an age of rapid technological change, and writers such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells commented on their time with fantastic stories that jumpstarted science fiction. Through interviews with experts such as William Gibson, Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, James Gleick, and Margaret Atwood, this book looks into steampunk’s vision of old-world craftsmen making beautiful hand-tooled gadgets, and what it says about our age of disposable technology. Steampunk is everywhere—as gadget prototypes at Maker Faire, novels and comic books, paintings and photography, sculptures, fashion design, and music. Discover how this elaborate view of a history that never existed can help us reimagine our future.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781449337957 (1449337953)
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Pages no: 412
Edition language: English
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5.0 A Historian and a Futurist Walk Into a Bar ...
I had a hard time categorizing this book. Not too surprising, since the premise quite literally begins with "A historian and a futurist walk into a bar ..." and goes from there.Ultimately, I concluded that it was just what I suspected: an ethnography of steampunk. I had the delight of meeting author...
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