Arguably one of the most influential fictional books ever written, Homer’s The Odyssey chronicles one man’s journey to return home despite innumerable perils (most of which are hurled at him via the gods). Above is depicted the moment where Ulysses prepares a sharp wooden stick to poke out the eye of Polyphemus, the mechanical cyclops. Ouch.
“Aye, aye! and I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out.”
– Captain Ahab
Moby Dick, chapter 36
This next series of mash-ups is going to be taking a steampunk perspective on classic literature. First up, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Here, Huck and J.I.M. sail along the Missouri skies without a care in the world.
Leave me a comment if there’s any classics you want to see mashed into steampunk.
Lord Vader (Zhǔ de fùqīn) emerges like a black ghost through the billowing smoke of residual canon fire after his massive, 150-gun Imperial Chinese warship, the Star Chaser, overtakes a English rebel frigate. The black-clad samurai is flanked by an elite fighting force of white-armored, kabuki-masked pirates called Fēngyún. They make short work of their enemies.