Thomas Pynchon: Father of Steampunk

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Thomas Pynchon: Father of Steampunk

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1kswolff
maj 11, 2012, 2:15pm

Clockwork ducks, the Chums of Chance and their zeppelins, and his penchant for secret histories ... can one assert that Pynchon is, in fact, the Father of Steampunk?

2ateolf
maj 28, 2012, 8:12pm

Thankfully, no.

3kswolff
jun 3, 2012, 11:12pm

2: Why not? Especially if it will help make more people read his stuff?

4Makifat
Redigerat: jun 3, 2012, 11:23pm

1
Mason & Dixon and Against the Day were johnnie-come-latelies with regard to steampunk. I'm no expert on the subject, but it hit my radar screen when The Difference Engine came out, and that must have been around the early nineties. M&D was released 1997, and ATD only a few years ago. Maybe Pynch has given the genre a playful nod, but I wouldn't read anything more into it.

5paradoxosalpha
jun 4, 2012, 8:32am

Agreed with #2 & #4. And why "make" anyone read Pynchon? He's not hurting for readers, and while I like "his stuff" immensely, I recognize that it will never be a taste universally shared.

6orpheic
jul 7, 2013, 8:12pm

Actually, Thomas Pynchon was integrating the steampunk genre way back in 1961, with a short fiction called "Under the Rose." Check it.