Steampunk and the Gyroscopic Rainbow

Steam Punks

First punks. Then steam. And finally: Steampunks. Suppose the Victorian Era had never ended? Not the colonialist-wipe-out-the-natives and-their-cultures type of Victorian Era. But rather the look at the new marvelous things that have been invented here at the dawn of the industrial age type of Victorian Era. And the: Just think, what dreams may come if we put our minds to it, Victorian Era. That fabled time when science was not an oppressive master but rather a gentle giant who though more powerful and more wondrous than ourselves did our bidding anyway. Old timey Science, to some nostalgic minds, was kind of like one of those genies that you had to rub on in just the right way.

Putting the Steam in Steampunk

When looked at through these rose colored glassed a kind of romanticism can and has arisen about the steam driven locomotive ideal that was the dawn of the industrial revolution. We must ignore the fogs of coal and soot that actually powered the era and instead focus of the clean magic of steam. A purist who wanted a logically consistent steam punk fantasy might have as one of his central characters a radical solar physicist who drove these steam engines off of water and sunlight. Those who study the modern day engines of power of our present day may be in for the shock of their lives if they do not already realize how much of our world still runs off steam engines. A nuclear power plant for instance is essentially a giant boiler for a steam engine. Also, it is not uncommon for a modern master of solar energy to suggest that power be drawn from the sun via steam.

And so our techno punks are drawn to the clean magic of steam to power their world. And they are drawn to gears and clockworks and blunderbusses.

Imagine if the world had never gone the way of the transistor. Imagine instead if the whole world of technology was dependent on vacuum tubes and outsized gears and levers and steam. You have then, entered the punk world of steam and come at last to the village of the steampunks.

The Gyroscopic Journey Begins

One of the more marvelous things that comes out of steampunk imaginings is the large, outlandish device, vaguely weapon like, of unknown purpose and origin, strapped to the person of the goggle eyed steampunker and ready for battle? Or perhaps the thing will make tea. One never knows.

And so, at long last, we come to the steam powered rainbow. Some bespectacled punker has captured the power of a rainbow into a steam powered device and is using it to guide him to unknown lands.

Another conceit of certain steampunk genres is that there still are, on earth, undiscovered countries. Again, this is not so very difficult to imagine even in our modern times. As doubtful as it may be to a reasonable person, it is still true no one can say with absolutely precision that that can be nothing like Sasquatch or Nessie anywhere on earth. We do not observe each and every corner of the globe simultaneously all the time and there still remain unplumbed ocean depths. Who is to say what lies there? Besides consider that such oddities as tube worms, deep sea black smokers and certain exotic diseases where only relatively recently discovered.

To guide us on our quest for the bizarre and decidedly abnormal we employ a device that was not invented but discovered. Was it created by a species of super intelligent beings millions of years ago and left as a trap once we evolve enough to bother the race that fathered us with endless: Are we there yet questions? Who can say.

We have dubbed the device the Gyroscopic Rainbow. It has been variously called the Rainbow Gyro and the Steampunk Gyroscopic Rainbow. When in operation it spins to our eyes and in our dimensions and some speculate that it spins in other, unseen dimensions as well. A transportation device tied to the Gyroscopic Rainbow cannot be tipped over—it is a gyroscope after all. Moreover, with no visible motive force, the transportation device will move with a force and speed that beggars comprehension. It was only through shear luck the Gyroscopic Rainbow was halted in its operation before we were taken who knows where. An expedition has been arranged and we have packed every device of exploration and ingenuity known to man. We are even taking bottles of oxygen, breathing masks and inflatable plastic bubbles should we be caused to move into some universe unknown to us. Soon we shall be ready. When all is in readiness we shall once again re-engage the Rainbow and go where perhaps no other has gone before.


And in conclusion I know that to some I have committed grave sacrilege. They have firmly fixed in their minds what steampunk is and I have strayed far, far from the path of the true believer. Let me now retort. For one thing I have my forged poetic license grasped firmly in my grubby mitts and it gives the liberty to make my steampunkers do whatever. Also, you lot need to get out of your mother’s basement and get a life!

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Rachel L Alba 17 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Poetryman, I have to admit, I' an old fashion person and don't understand most of the modern language of today, but I love the designs you made and think the are beautiful. I voted up an interesting.

Blessings to you.

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Rachel. Steampunk and rainbows are just other names for fun.

Glad you liked the designs.

Have a blessed day!

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SweetiePie 17 months ago from Southern California, USA

I never understood exactly what steampunk was, and I still do not think I will ever have a true grasp of it.

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AliciaC 17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting and creative look at steampunk, poetryman! Thanks for sharing your story.

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Sweetie Pie, Steampunk is largely just dress up for adults. Kind of like Halloween all the time.

Have a blessed day.

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

I am glad you dropped by Alicia. Be blessed!

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ChitrangadaSharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

I was drawn by your beautiful pictures. Lovely combination of colors.

I do not understood exactly what Steampunk is but I enjoyed the read.

Thanks for sharing this story, voted up!

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Chitrangada I am glad you enjoyed the images. Steampunk in real life is just dress up. In fiction it's an alternative view of history.

Thanks for the thumbs up and have a blessed day!

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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida

And what fun you have had composing this, no doubt.

My daughter, grandsons, and son in law are steampunkers. NO doubt they would enjoy this read.

Thanks for sharing.

Hoping all is well with you

Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Patricia. I have never given much thought to what it must be like to have steampunks in the family. Lots gadgets and finery deliberately worn and used but with ill defined purpose. Some devices or articles of clothing with no purpose that you can see!

Have a blessed day.

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florypaula 17 months ago

I don't get the Steampunk either but I do have to admit the design is so incredibly beautiful. It reminds me of that tube that we used to look through and move it to change the shapes and colors we saw. Really nice.

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Florypaula I wonder if I should have called my hub something like "Something Most Hubbers Will Not Understand!"

Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate the kind remarks. Have a blessed day.

I believe the tube you refer to was called a kaleidoscope.

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florypaula 17 months ago

Yes. Thank you. That is what I was talking about.

Have a nice day :)

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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

I can tell you really had fun with this! I enjoyed the nod to Star Trec near the go where no one has gone before. As to knowing every nook and cranny of our own planet...we still have much to explore and probably always will. I was unfamiliar with the term steampunk until recently. Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks! Ha!

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub Peggy. As you say, I had some fun with it.

Be blessed!

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Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

This was fun to read. I must admit; it is only in fashion sense that I am a steampunk fan. I do, however, think all those steam designed gadgets are interesting.

I like your hub topic, "The Gyroscopic Journey Begins." I think that was my favorite.

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Thanks for dropping by Missy. Do you have a hub where you show off your steampunk threads? If not it would be nice if you would create one so that we could see it.

Have a blessed day!

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ezzly 17 months ago

Awesome hub, "focus of the clean magic of steam" :) love the graphics !

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poetryman6969 17 months ago Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub Ezzly.

Be blessed!

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Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Nice rainbows and hub on steampunk fiction. I've read one book so far which was steampunk, which was recommended to me two years ago. I became intrigued on the concept and the other punk genres out there. Voted up for interesting!

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poetryman6969 16 months ago Author

Thank you so much for the thumbs up Kristen. I appreciate your kind attention.

Have a blessed day!

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