The Seattle Times asked Boneshaker author Cherie Priest to explain Steampunk to its readers, and along the way she also explains why people are so fascinated by technology whose inner workings is so apparent. Says Priest: "An iMac or an iPhone is pretty and seamless and blank. It's an intensely amazing thing, but if it breaks, how many people know how to fix one?" [Seattle Times]
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