I’ve got an old manuscript - a mystery with a Victorian British heroine set in the California Gold Rush. It honestly didn’t deserve to be published, but I’ve hung onto it, thinking I could revisit it someday. After all the fun at the Maker Faire, I’m wondering if I could make it steampunk. Or would that be heresy?
Anyway, this image is by Albert Robida, circa 1883, and is his imagining about what life would be like in the 20th century. With the fish-shaped airship, it seems rather steampunk to me!
So what do you think? Is the Gold Rush 20 years too early for steampunk? Or should I just make my own world and not worry about it?