According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, and China Mieville.
A sample of Steampunk in the movies is “Metropolis”, Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece, the oldest precursor of this genre in film, and may be the single most important early film to represent steampunk as an emerging stylistic genre. Others samples are the movies “Time After Time”, 1979, directed by Nicholas Meyer, “Brazil”, 1985, directed by Terry Gilliam, “The City of Lost Children”, 1994, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, 2003, directed by Stephen Norrington, and “Van Helsing”, 2004, directed by Stephen Sommers.
I never heard about Steampunk until find those illustrations by artist Bjorn Hurri. As a Star Wars fan, I pay attention about everything related with the George Lucas Saga. According Bjorn Hurri, “there is nothing like being able to create worlds and characters that people will enjoy, and I think the ‘Steampunk Star Wars’ illustrations were really good fun as it gave me an opportunity to pay tribute to one of the best movies out there while giving it my personal twist”. You will see Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Master Yoda as Steampunk models, but… and Darth Vader? Well, Hurri is still working on that one. “I continuously redo him over and over again because I feel like the essence of him is hard to nail,” he wrote. “He is such an evil character I want to make sure I pay proper respect to the original design”.
To see more about the art of Bjorn Hurri, visit his site: http://bjornhurri.cghub.com/
May the Force be with you! Enjoy.