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Forensics: The Science of Sherlock and Steampunk

FORENSICS and the STEAMPUNK AESTHETIC Generally speaking, reactions to the term “steampunk” tend to be of two types: overwhelming enthusiasm or a quizzical expression. What on earth is it? Steampunk is usually defined as a sub-genre of science fiction that features technology and is set during the Victorian era and the industrialization of the West. What kind of technology? Steam-powered, electrical, and mechanical (the gears of clockwork are almost ubiquitous). However, there are other technologies--and other fields of inquiry--on the rise during the period, and these influence the aesthetic of the genre. In today's post, and as part of our...

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