Steampunk fans celebrate in Piscataway, New Jersey

2016 Steampunk World's Fair attracts a unique subculture that prizes both 19th century Victoriana and fanciful Industrial Age machinery that may or may not have existed.

Steam-powered weaponry.
Operating this steam-powered device involves donning the brass & leather gauntlet, complete with its gauges for trigger pull. (2015 NRA exhibit photo and description, copyright National Firearms Museum)

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2016 — “Steampunk,” according to Wikipedia, “is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.” Think of films like “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (2003), or the Will Smith-flavored version of “The Wild, Wild West” (1999). Okay, neither film was all that great. But the fantastic steampunk sets in both movies were another story altogether.

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If steampunk is your thing, here’s where you’ll find a legion of fellow travelers.

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