Monday, February 8, 2010

Steampunk Styles Part Three: Post Apocalyptic

Post-Apocalyptic World

"Apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of civilization either through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in an agrarian, non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of technology remain. There is a considerable degree of blurring between this form of science fiction and that which deals with false utopias or dystrophic societies.

The genres gained in popularity after World War II, when the possibility of global annihilation by nuclear weapons entered the public consciousness. However, recognizable apocalyptic novels existed at least since the first quarter of the 19th century, when Mary Shelley's The Last Man was published. Additionally, the sub genres draw on a body of apocalyptic literature, tropes, and interpretations that are millenia old."

Personally I think one of the best possible examples of Post Apocalyptic is the Fallout game series, specifically the 3rd one. Seriously, if I was thinking of a steampunk post apocalyptic theme of fashion, I'd take it right out of the fallout games. Clothes at this time are mostly out of production, so you wear pretty much whatever you can find. In some cases you would have to take scraps and put them together to make a patchwork coat or pants. Same goes for weapons. Maybe you can't find ammunition, well you just mod your weapon to fire anything from nuts and bolts to teddy bears filled with rocks.

You will probably only own one outfit, so it can get rather dirty and worn out so plan for stains and rips. In some cases there might be radiation poisoning or pockets of hazardous material so gas masks are essential. Any technology that survived probably doesn't work, so take different items and put them together to make new ones.


"They call you Lucifer's Angel!"

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