Presented by Michael Coorlim

The Victorian and Edwardian eras were periods of tremendous social change and cultural shifts, and we can incorporate themes of class struggle and early social movements within our steampunk storytelling, whether it be prose, graphic design, or costuming. Author Michael Coorlim discusses the early labor-rights movements, suffragettes, and institutional reformations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Michael Coorlim is the author of the Galvanic Century steampunk series, the cyberpunk Shadow Decade series, and the apocalyptic horror short story collection Grief. He’s produced two seasons of the Synesthesia Theatre audio drama podcast with Burning Brigid Media, adapting his novels Iron Horses Can’t Be Broken and Cold Reboot into full cast audio productions, and designs both computer games and tabletop roleplaying games.


Chicago Steampunk Exposition