Steampunk makes a statement
Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe
"The trend originators were living during the Victorian era and predicting what it would be like in the future," says Elln Hagney, director of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. "Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818 about the use of electricity to stimulate a heart and the transplanting of organs, an unheard of concept." Today's steampunkers, like retail store manager Sioux Murphy, 32, of Topsfield, modernize that vision.