Interviews With The Fantastic
InterGalactic Interview With Paul Di Filippo
by Darrell Schweitzer
SCHWEITZER: Let's start in the middle . . . I wonder if you have any comments
on why we're having a second big wave of Steampunk just now. It's so 20th
century, something that happened in the late '80s, but now it's happening again.
Di FILIPPO: It's funny, Darrell, that you would bring that up, because that was
the topic of a panel, last night, here at Boskone. I think it's an extra-literary
phenomenon. There's that aspect of it, where it's become a cultural lifestyle thing
that has summoned a whole flock of people. I think it's almost the reverse order.
They enter the lifestyle and then start looking for the fiction that originally sparked
that lifestyle. So I think that a lot of it is that people feel that there is an audience
out there of people who are attracted to the superficial trappings, the costumes and
gadgets of Steampunk. Maybe writers feel that they can wean those people off that,
or transfer their affections from all those tchotchkes to the literary aspect of it.