On February 11 2012 the inaugural steampunk convention was held in Auckland, New Zealand, to showcase all things steampunk to the general public so they can find out what steampunk is, and to those already calling themselves steampunks.
What is steampunk?
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used – usually Victorian era Britain or “Wild West”-era United States – that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature chronologically misplaced technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etcetera. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman and China Mieville.
Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s Analytical engine.
Various modern utilitarian objects have been modified by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical “steampunk” style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
Revised from Wikipedia.
AetherCon is a bi-annual AetherCon®! Steampunk Convention, occurring in Auckland and Wellington; to promote everything steampunk, from around the world. AetherCon is New Zealand’s largest steampunk event.
There are lots of folks contributing displays, stalls of items for sale, and related activities as we think of them.
For sale: clothing, gadgets, clockworks, hats, books, jewellery, games (role-playing, and etcetera).
There will be workshops for getting started, character building, clothing choices and creation, gadget creation, a fashion parade and more!
Folks are welcome to contact:
Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org; mobile 64 21 0287 4425.
Lady Sin: email@example.com. Please note that Lady Sin is currently taking a sabbatical from organising AetherCon Wellington.
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