Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tapping the Zeitgeist

If any of you have already read Full Fathom Five, the novella I wrote for 20001: A Steampunk Odyssey, you will no doubt have noticed the heavy Shakespearean references and - being clever sorts - will no doubt have clued in to the fact that the story is an homage to his play, The Tempest.

It seems I am not the only one who saw potential in that play.

San Francisco director Jon Tracy has just presented his vision of Shakespeare's classic - and the costuming and sets are pure Steampunk. The reviewer was rapturous over the "eye candy" and the successful translation of Prospero's magical accoutrements into the scientific paraphrenalia of the Steampunk oeuvre.

Tapped in to the Zeitgeist? Perhaps. To quote Prospero, "We are such things as dreams are made of," and the dream of the Steampunk genre is still unfolding.

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