Colonialism In The Age of Steampunk

Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, but this does not mean Steampunks celebrate colonialism.

“We love the creativity of steampunk, playing with fiction and elements of Victoriana and history to create vibrant fantastical worlds. But one of those elements is colonialism, and colonialism has caused harm”.

We have created a badge to reflect the ongoing fight for social justice. 100% of all funds raised will go to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns (NGO), who protect young Kenyan girls (Kajiado Girls) from being robbed of their basic human rights and forced into child marriages, and FGM.

I wrote a piece on Medium.

 

A Pandemic Blockage…

Don’t know where to start, but the past 13 months have been a whirlwind of activity. Book launches, new projects, losing friends to cancer, and then the pandemic, which is where I will pick up the story.

We should be celebrating a milestone in the Clockwork Watch story with a live event to mark Sins of my Father #2, which will eventually be the tenth book in the series, but the world yanked its handbrake, and we were all told to “wash our hands”, or was it “eat out to stay out”, no! it was “stay alert!”

Anyhow, I fell ill in March, and spent weeks quarantined at home and I’m just emerging from my self-imposed isolation with a load of things to tell you about.

The first being… Clockwork Watch and the anti-colonialism charity pin badge Doctor Geof and I have created.

Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, and this was one of the aspects that attracted me to it many moons ago.

What puzzled me at the time was why people of colour weren’t attracted by the role play / dress-up scene, then I dug deeper and realised many saw Steampunk as celebrating colonialism.

This project will support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns, a Kenyan charity protecting underaged  girls from being married off and subjected to FGM.

We have manufactured just 100 of these. If there is a demand for more we will do a second batch.

They are available via Doctor Geof’s new online shop which opens later this week.

If you would like to know more about my journey, I’ll be publishing an article on  Medium explaining why we are launching this charity fundraiser.