WELCOME TO THE YA WILD WEST CONNECTION
As a western fantasy writer, writing and reading about the Old West is about the literature of the American West, past and present. It's also about movies and television and history and politics and the environment and anything else that might feed into or flow out of the literature of the West.
Technology pushed the development of the American west as much or more than the need to pasture cattle. Steam powered that technology. Though steampunk is often associated with British settings, it fits as neatly into the Old West as a cowboy’s head into his hat.
To that I'd add that even in non-steampunk westerns (literary or genre) the role of technology in the history of the West tends to get too little emphasis. The era of Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy was also the era of the telephone, the electric light bulb, and the phonograph. Please join and write reviews, western novels and books, western art or more!
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