Steampunk and the Gyroscopic Rainbow
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!
- Steampunk Rainbow Gyroscope
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