Barry Brummett, the chair of the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, recently revealed portions of a book he's compiling that covers the subject of "steampunk." The full lecture can be found here: vimeo.com/50985867.
Steampunk is an aesthetic style grounded in the Victorian era, age of steam or Industrial Age which uses such devices as steam engines, locomotives, gears, pistons, induction motors and goggles. Much of steampunk style has been seen in the American West and made famous by individuals such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
The lecture titled, "Jumping Scale in Steampunk: One Gear Makes You Larger, One Duct Makes You Small," was delivered Oct. 3, 2012.