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Does having airships in a story automatically categorize it as steampunk?

I hope not. I’ve got nothing against steampunk. Personally, I think it’s an awesome genre. I love the idea of smashing Victorian style together with crazy levels of steam-powered technology. However, I think it’s a little bit too anachronistic for the setting I’m creating. I may pull bits and pieces of things from some of the steampunk-y world, though. I dunno. Something about goggles and sundials and compasses really appeals to me. Plus, as I mentioned before, airships. “Hello, airplanes? This is blimps. You win.”




  1. I don’t think airships alone do it; I’ve seen them used in a purely fantasy setting before. I think one at least has to incorporate Victorian-esque clothing as well.

  2. I’m a big fan of the airships myself, and goggles are always cool. Hell, through the whole Skypiea arc of One Piece, Zoro joined Usopp in rocking the goggles, and I think at some point Nami was even wearing them.

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