Just walked a few miles in the Autumn sunshine around Stanley Ferry marina and canal with Missus Moonbase. Very pleasant. There were lots of beautiful houseboats moored up, which inevitabley make you think of a new life away from the crowds slowly meandering along still waterways. Will this canal romance last another hundred years or will new techno networks fill our dreams. In 1981 the great Japanese Sci Fi artist Shigeru Komatsuzaki was dreaming about trains travellling the 93 millions miles on his moonline!
Ten years before Harry Harrison spanned that similar void, the 'Pond', with his undersea railway in 'A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah' painted here on the cover for Analog in 1972 by the great Kelly Freas. I love the fish welders and the T in a Circle tunnel! Apparently the story can be seen as one of the roots of steampunk. Anyone know what that is in simple english?
Funny, the word steampunk makes me think of steam-driven things and tank girl. I used to listen to Steamhammer and String Driven Thing, when I was a headbanger but I digress. Can regular space vehicles be steamed or punked-up 'Pimp My Ride' style? Steampimped even! How about the standard Lunar Climber, in this case the Paramount Astro Car pictured here below?
Maybe flatten the wheels, add a drill-bit
and a cool blue paint job....
Or maybe inflate the tyres, beef-up the body
and stick some guns at each end
...eh voila, SWORDpunk! A whole new sub-genre! Needs a definition and it's first short story! Anyone?