I was reading the article by Clive Martin “If Steampunk Is the Future, Please Kill Me Now” and saddened by the vitriol targeted at steampunkers.
Steampunk is both retro and futurist in the worst ways you can be either thing, it’s stubborn but also pretentious, twee but tyrannical. They’re the worst blend of sci-fi fans and 1940s tea party types; people who ultimately aren’t looking to the future at all, but to a bullshit past that never existed.
Clive, chill out … Nobody is going to go all steampunk borg on you and force you to wear a top hat and goggles. Let other people do their own thing.