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SHATW '15. A European perspective (-ish) –Guest blog by Marcus R. Gilman

In the past 12 to 18 months there has been repeated talk and mention about steampunk having reached its peak in North America, that mainstream media is becoming less interested and the scene is not experiencing the same type of growth it has experienced in earlier years. As far as I can tell, things are still very different in Europe. For one, the scene is internally very diverse, I have had the pleasure of attending dedicated steampunk events in five different European countries (Germany, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands) and have talked to Steampunks from almost every country in Europe and the picture is clear: There is no “European” way to approach steampunk, rather, each country finds its own way, which is only natural since the history of the European countries are more diverse than the comparable history of federal states in the US. Just to give you an example involving the two scenes in Europe I have the most connections with (except Austria): Germany and…