I also like Sky Captain and The World Of Tomorrow. In a way it kind of reminds me of the serials of the 1940s (Spy Smasher, King Of The Rocket Men etc….)
I think Delicatessen is a kind of post-atomic setting so would probably be classed as Atompunk (unless I misunderstand the usage). The City Of Lost Children is definitely Steampunk and I love the visual effect so this genre is probably my favourite.
The Peshawar Lancer by S M Stirling Alt novel , definitely on the steam punk side of the equation and a rousingly good adventure yarn.
War of the World Goliath 2013 film . This ia a steam punk sequel to Well's novel . It's set a few years after, the Martians have come back back for another go at humanity . This is a really cool film !
I could write a lot about this, but basically yes, it's great and if Space Captain Smith hadn't been retro, it and its sequels probably would never have got published. I also ended up meeting a lot of nice people through it and going to some very entertaining events, so I can't really complain.
Like a lot of people, I liked steampunk and that kind of thing before I knew that there was a word for it. These days, I see a lot of internet discussion about whether something is steampunk, dieselpunk or whatever, which I think misses the point: for me, retro works best as an influence, not a simple yes/no answer. Something like Dune, in my mind, is full of historical references: the Fremen look Arabic, the noble houses somewhat Victorian, the Saudakar are a 1950s pulp American view of Nazis, the Emperor is a medieval king, and so on.
It can be easy for retro stuff to get a bit repetitive - sometimes it's like the shuffling of a small pack of cards - but there are some excellent stories and films out there.
I like it! Off the top of my head, my favorite ones would be the Bioshock game franchise and the steampunk movie Steamboy (2004).
The first two installments of Bioshock take place in the 1960s, if I remember correctly, and are about an (gone horribly wrong) undersea utopia. They have much more technology than we did in those years. The third installment takes place in a sky-high city, a racist utopia in a world that The US won the boxer war. Their clothes and vehicles look like they're from the early 1900s, but they have technology to keep a whole city flying.
Steamboy is about the battle for a ball that has infinite steam inside of it, thus making it an infinite source of energy. It takes place in the era of steam engines (end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth).
As a somewhat honorary mention, I'd say that the steampunk game franchise Dishonored is also pretty good.
I never really know what each of the different aesthetics are. I liked the look of Bioshock and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. I’d also like to add the look of Casshern into the mix. This had a similar monochrome look as Sky Captain and the i remember the robots looking very old fashioned.
What about some of the Holodeck episodes in Voyager that had a kind of Flash Gordon look? (I never really appreciated ST: Voyager, so I forget the character and episode.)
I lean more to cyberpunk though I have had a few dreams in steampunk mode. I haven't written any steampunk (apart from one 75 worder on here) but I might get inspired because there is a window of tweed, scientific ambition and brass that I can feel opening. Really it's about the characters.
Somewhere where Gatsby meets Wells. Now there's a thought.