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According to the Urban Dictionary, “Steampunk is a sub-genre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.” This may be a good definition; however the term is still unclear to many people.

The term, steampunk, was first used in 1987, by K.W. Jeter, who is a science fiction author. He used the term to describe a new science fiction genre which includes components of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history and speculative fiction. Steampunk normally includes steam powered machinery or retro-futuristic inventions with a background based in Britain’s Victorian age or in the America’s Wild West. Many steampunk stories are set in post-apocalyptic times.

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Doc Phineas

Dawn and Randy Gould, owners of Sedona Olde Time Photos, had the pleasure of meeting Doc Phineas (AKA Kenneth Kastler) at the last two Antique and Amusement Photographers International (AAPI) conventions. Doc Phineas is an authority on all things steampunk and has shared information about the costumes and props that are associated with steampunk fashion. He also described tea dueling, which is the art of dunking a tea biscuit into a cup of tea for five seconds and then slowly and cleaning, without dripping or losing pieces of the biscuit, biting off the moist biscuit and doing so after your opponent.

Doc Phineas calls himself a Gentleman Extraordinaire.

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