#7: Superhero Steampunk With Author Andrew P. Mayer

Andrew P. Mayer’s NYC-based Society of Steam series features superheroes like automatons and “gentleman adventurers” in a coming-of-age adventure.

We joke about “RPG disease” and the possibility of funkpunk?! Thus far, the term has been used for music but not so much for fiction (that I know of!). Chime in on social media if you have thoughts about it.

Plus, Andrew shares an intriguing definition of sci fi versus fantasy. It’s all about sharing different perspectives in this community.

So, yeah. This one covers some interesting ground. Don’t miss it!

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Show Notes: What You’ll Find in Episode 7 Personal Update

This week for my update, I share a few cool connections I’ve made in the steampunk podcasting community. Check these shows out!


Steampunk Dollhouse Podcast

Texas Steampunk Connection Podcast

Steam Rollers Adventure Podcast


Interview With Steampunk and Alternate History Author Andrew P. Mayer

Andrew shares his take on several issues for writers and creators, connects readers to some of the themes, characters, and ideas in his books (including why automatons differ from robots!), and comments on the future of steampunk.

Here’s a list of questions Cindy Grigg asked, so be sure to check back later for the full interview, or consider signing up for our community using the form below–that way you’ll get an email message when the episode is available.

  • In this show, we discuss “the punks”, and today we’re focusing on steampunk. Since everyone defines steampunk a little bit differently, what’s your take on it and what do you feel qualifies as steampunk?
  • Tell us about each of your steampunk books or series and why new readers should check them out. Specifically, what themes do your books focus on?
 Andrew’s Book List
  • Why did you choose to begin your Society of Steam series in New York?
  • What did you learn about life in general by writing your Society of Steam books?
  • Worldbuilding is a big part of a steampunk book. How did you approach it differently in each book of your series to keep the reader’s interest?
  • How would you explain the difference between automatons and robots?
  • Some people feel the time for steampunk has passed. Is steampunk still important? If so, why does the world today need even more steampunk?


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