Many of you know our passion for things odd and unusual. That’s probably why we write steampunk romance. But what you may not know is that many of those wild and crazy things are really just tweaks of actual inventions that, for one reason or another, never really took off. Steampunk enthusiasts simply re- imagine them – usually occurring a bit before their time – and as successes. It’s a romantic notion but, it also credits those intrepid visionaries whose dreams went down a blind alley.
Who wouldn’t thrill at the sight of an airship that dwarfs event he largest modern aircraft, making its stately way across the skies? And, admit it, wouldn’t you love to have the ego strength (or the excuse of fashion) to wear a top hat adorned with a really natty pair of brass aviator’s goggles? Talk about making a statement!
Anyway, today’s rant is about something that will be finding its way into our latest novel, Mansfield Punk. Fanny, our heroine is going to build and ride a powered monocycle. Hers, of course, will have a kerosene boiler and small steam engine on it but, in our imaginations, it looks a lot like some of these.
Be certain to watch the video of the intrepid monocyclist in Paris. He not only has a cool ride, but a real sense of savoir faire! Enjoy!
Hindenburg comparison graphic courtesy of Wikipedia.com
all monocycle images courtesy of Wired magazine