Clockpunk: Origins

I have been trying to find out the origins of the word Clockpunk aka the first mention of this work. Most likely it was impromptu but it would be nice to see when and where it was first mentioned. Most likely it must have been somewhere in GURPS. Can you people please help?

3 Responses to “Clockpunk: Origins”


  1. 1 Rob MacD May 1, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    I just searched the archives of Pyramid, the online gaming magazine by the publishers of GURPS. Ken Hite talks about “clockpunk wonderment, from ninja war-kites to ironclad Korean turtle-ships” in a column on “alternate Pearl Harbors” from Dec 7, 2001.
    http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=2524

    In the Dec 21 2001 issue, both Chad Underkoffler and William Stoddard use the term.
    http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=2540
    http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/login/article.html?id=2539

    (Those links will only work properly for Pyramid subscribers.)

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Ken (or any one of these guys) improvised the word on his own which is not to say nobody else had used it before. “Blank”-punk has been an easy and standard kind of neologism in the gaming community and around GURPS in particular since at least GURPS Cthulhupunk (1995).

  2. 2 Da Vinci Automata May 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the info Rob. I will post your comment as a seperate entry so that more people can view this info just in case they miss the comments.

  3. 3 robmacdougall May 5, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    You’re welcome! But I just realized I got my own URL wrong – it’s http://www.robmacdougall.org , not http://www.robmacdougall.com .


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