What Are Your Dream Steampunk Gadgets?

As part of my Brain to Books Cyber Convention Facebook takeover, I held four games where I gave the winners an ebook of The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1). By far the most popular game was asking people to share their dream steampunk gadgets.

I didn’t have the space to share many of my own, so I thought I’d list a few here — AND ask you all what steampunky technology you’d love to own.

Pet or animal

It’s no secret that I’m an animal lover. And Charlie, Aya’s mechanical pet frog and the novel’s cover star, originated purely out of my affection for my own pets. Of course, he ended up being a rather important part of the novel, but my original idea for him was strictly companionship. What mechanical pets would I want? Maybe a little horse or mini dragon. But this crab is sure cute, too!


I don’t know why, but I think goggles are cool. Maybe it goes back to my childhood swimming in my pool and pretending to be a mermaid…and maybe it’s just that they are bad ass. Give me a new lens through which to see the world, throw in a nifty feature or two (night vision, anyone?), and color me a happy camper.


This is more nautical than “steampunk,” but I’ve recently fallen in love with astrolabes. You know those pretentious people who wear pocket watches just to look fashionably vintage (I’m looking at you, hipsters!)? Imagine whipping out an astrolabe and checking the position of the stars to tell the time or navigate to the all-night thrift market. Boom — hipster down.


Male or female, the Victorian-inspired styling of the steampunk genre is just gorgeous. While I have rocked a corset with a Halloween costume before, I don’t have a proper “steampunky” one. There’s just something about buckles and laces and military-style buttons that make me want to throw my arms out and twirl. Though, I probably shouldn’t, lest I pass out from the constriction.


I’m not even sure how this would work, mechanically speaking, but how awesome is this bike? A exoskeleton of cogs and gears, gleaming metal, and (I suppose) a fuel tank full of environmentally friendly water and a steady puff of steam streaming from the tail pipe. I just hope it would still have that rumbling Harley (yes, mine would be a Harley) roar.

I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you the gushing. If you do want to see more steampunk items I fancy, there’s loads to ogle on my Pinterest page. Don’t forget to check out my inspiration board for Desertera #2.

What steampunk gadgets would you love to own? What are some of your favorite technology from books and movies? Share in the comments!


Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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4 comments on “What Are Your Dream Steampunk Gadgets?
  1. resili0 says:

    A friend of mine made the Radhost Complector gadget, which aside from being beautiful is really neat!

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