Posted by Steampunk Tribune 15th February 2011
About time I caught up with the results of the Seattle poll… back in December, I had proposed the simple question based on an article from a local Seattle paper, which proclaimed Seattle as the “unofficial” capital of Steampunk. Wasn’t quite sure about the results, as though Seattle has been a bit of an incubator for the genre, there are also other cities which could justifiably vie for said title, such as London, New York, New Orleans, only to mention a few. The voting was interesting, as there was an impressive “pro-Seattle” surge at the poll’s beginning, but I felt that if there was some kind of… motivated voting, the length of this (unscientific) poll would be normative in its ultimate results.
The results as chosen by the readership was… it is in fact the “unofficial” capital of Steampunk. However, differential was actually smaller than I had originally thought it would be – of 142 votes, 77 (54%) agreed with the statement, and 65 (45%) disagreed with the statement. As Guillaume commented (on this particular article), with an impassioned view of Steampunk world appeal, of which I also agree. Though Seattle has become a Mecca for the genre (to include SteamCon), I’ve also noticed an explosion of East Coast conventions (e.g. the Steampunk Worlds Fair, Anachrocon 2011… a peek at the Steampunk Empire’s events listing can provide a cacophony of listings)! Perhaps as Steampunk becomes more recognized, it will spawn more and larger events to indulge in! Regardless, congratulations to Seattle, Steampunk’s “unofficial” captial!