This is the Guest of honour Speech with Mike Perschon on Jules Vernes Captain Nemo.
This speech was recorded at Swecon 2014 – the steampunk festival in Gävle, Sweden
The word ”steampunk” originally didn’t refer to any punk content at all, but was just a pun on ”cyberpunk”, a dominating movement in science fiction in the 1980’s. Still, the word is suggestive and makes many look for the punk in steampunk. Some of them, some of the time, are disappointed, and say like Cat Valente: ”what a joke it is to call something so inherently nostalgic, conservative, and comfort-oriented ’punk.'” Is there a potential, an unfulfilled promise, of ”punk” in steampunk? If so, what would be interesting ways of developing the punkier kinds of steampunk?
Miriam R. Roček, Mike Perschon, Chris Wooding, Cory Doctorow, Hillevi Pleijel (m).
We hear a lot about surveillance these days. NSA people know all about us, at least if they want to. People still talk about Big Brother and use Nineteen Eighty-Four as a common point of reference for understanding how we are being watched. But this is probably not a perfect image of the situation we are living in now. Should we update our nightmares, and how can we do that? How is science fiction today addressing these issues?
Participants: Cory Doctorow, Chris Wooding, Johan Schimanski, Thomas Recktenwald, Hans Persson (m).