Thursday, December 10, 2015
To Mr. Sheets and all the Ships at Sea
"Homunculus (Blaylock's first steampunk novel) was simply a variety of historical novel that I had written largely because I was crazy for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and I had grown up reading Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and my idea of science fiction had always had to do with backyard scientists and fabulous submarines and spacecraft that housed onboard greenhouses. And of course no one had heard the word "Steampunk" (or Cyberpunk, either) back when Tim, K.W. Jeter, and I were first writing our Victoriana. The term hadn't been coined yet, and wouldn't be for years. And certainly we had no idea that we were inventing a sub-genre of science fiction. We were merely writing stories that amused us."