My first Steampunk novel was Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. I'll be reviewing Leviathan this week in my Wednesday Reads. In an excellent interview with him (here), he defines Steampunk in his own words.
Steampunk is sort of like nostalgia for Victorian science fiction, and futures that never were. It's a weird mix of the future, like a spaceship, but at the same time it has a very Victorian or Edwardian design. Just those weird juxtapositions of the past and future. Most steampunk is set in the 1800s.--Scott WesterfeldLooking for a film equivalent of Steampunk? As of yet, there are not enough to actually consitute a genre. However, I did find a list here (which I'm not convinced of completely, however, I'm sure they are all very good). But, for quick reference, if you remember Will Smith in Wild Wild West, the machines were definitely Steampunk.
Steampunk began in the 1980s and '90s, but its beginnings can be traced to Jules Verne and HG Wells (neither of which I have read--bad English major, bad!).
A few sites I found interesting:
Seattle is hosting its second annual SteamCon this November.
Writing Steampunk? Get inspired with the typewriter computer.
Or with this Steampunk inspired laptop!
The jewelry can go from rather wacky, to absolute beauty. Best site I found?
Buy Steampunk clothes. Personally, I'm in love with the boots. Sadly, I have no money.
Learn how to dress Steampunk and create your own unique looks. Basically put together something rustic or renaissance and add goggles.
Steampunk has officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Go Steampunk! ("bromance" and "defriend" get recognized as well, though my spell check is having a fit)
Magazine dedicated to everything Steampunk.
Last but not least (attention, look here in case you are skimming!), the music. Just as Harry Potter spawned Wizard Wrock (yes, I'm a fan), Steampunk has its own musical following. I'm listening to last.fm radio on the Steampunk channel. I find it strangely soothing to listen to. A little odd, but appeals to my easily excited brain.
So there it is! A brief overview in Steampunk! I'm going to continue surfing around, learning more about it, listening to more of it, and reading more of it (maybe one day selling it?). As of now, I'm the one that's sold.