After listening to the amazingly well done audiobook of Larklight by Phillip Reeve, and then speeding through the hardback of its sequel, Starcross, I've been in a very British and Steampunk-y mood. So I share a delightfully timely interview with Lev A.C. Rosen, author of All Men of Genius (on the TBR list) about what Steampunk is to him.
"Steampunk elements have crept into many facets of culture, including fashion, art, popular television, and even books that weren't written by me. I think its appeal can be attributed to the aesthetic of the machine. The idea that today, with tiny microchips powering everything, it's difficult to get a grasp on how things work, whereas if you see a giant machine with moving parts, you can quite literally see how they work, and that makes the technology more human."
Full article here at the Shelfari blog - it's a great read!