The term gaslamp fantasy is really just from the comic Girl Genius.
Is there a reason not to use the word Fantasy? Why divide everything up into such small packets?
Let me ask you all this then: Why call it Dieselpunk and not just plain "sci-fi"? Why not call any body of work that is purely from imagination "Fiction"? Because the name of the genre tells the person who is being told the word what it is to a precise point, so then they don't have to go,
"Is there magic?"
"Is it scary?"
"Is there romance in there?"
"What's the style?"
"I don't like *insert type of era here*. Does it involve that?"
It's just like the names of an animal. Sure you can call it a cat, but to get a better idea of what kind of cat, that's why they have names like Ragdoll and Persian and Siamese.
Seriously, this is very basic knowledge, chaps. I would never think I would have to explain something like that.
I just feel there needs to be a distinct difference to warrant a new name. Which era it is in doesn't seem quite enough.
I also feel dieselpunk, steampunk, clockpunk etc is the same thing, and that using different names for it is silly. However as this thread shows, I seem to be in a minority.
Now wait just a minute there, Pilgrim. (LOL) A few of us Westerners might just take a bit of righteous offense at being lumped in exclusively with them there Cog-Boys. I might point out that most of them B-movie type Alien and Mutant critters most often tend to pop up out here in the 'sticks' long before you city-slickers ever (if ever) even catch a clue that they are even out and about. Always have, and pretty much seems, always will. Of course, we also tend to put paid to them too truly annoying ones on our own, or simply learn to live-and-let-live with them ones that ain't so-much-so, so I reckon we can't hold you all too accountable for your overall lack of wisdom on the topic. Still, no matter the era, Steam, Diesel, or Atomic we Westerners often tend to be Earth's front-line defenders whether we like or not. A darn good thing we tend to be better 'equipped' for the job.
I might also add that John Carter may have started his adventures on the Red Planet back in the early days of the west, but his later accounts were often recorded by meetings with descendants further up the time-stream. = So not just Steam either.
And, as I recall (though never much of a fan), Tarzan himself had a couple of brushes with Nazi villains over the years. = Not exclusively Steam either.
And, by-the-by, us Westerners STILL own and operate more DIESEL driven vehicles than any other part of the nation. ;-)
Erwin "Blacky" Blackthorn said:
Dan: Actually, yes, that was my idea of what Dieselpulp was. It just won't have stuff like "John Carter from Mars" or the westerns or the "Tarzan" stuff, because those are more Steampunk(or Steampennydreadful lol).