Okay, what I did was say, "Oh, you're the Steampunk Track Coord? Awesome! You need people for next year? Y'know, it'd be truly awesome if there was a panel on not constantly doing Steampunk as 1870-1900, Western Europe and North America. I could do that."
Me and my big, fat, ambitious mouth. Plus, we grew up together, I'm honor bound to help her out.
Here's the link: DarkoverCon Steampunk Schedule
That's me at 16:00 (4:00 PM) on Friday. I have to figure out what to discuss for an hour that will cover this topic. I have no access to overhead projectors or any of that fancy stuff, nor the money to crank out example costumes. I have no idea how many people will be there or how big the room is, so handouts are right out. And it's been years since I took a Speech class.
So, yes, it's official. I'm an idiot.
It'd be cool if I could throw in references to my own work, but part of my talk mentions "show, don't tell" and there wouldn't be time. My friend, Amber (the one I'm doing this for) did send me this, which helps a little. But I need other cultures. I need to figure out how to express that, hey, guys, the Ancient Greeks had the knowledge for steam power, what if they never lost it? What if these cultures or societies over here figured it out? What if we all lost the ability to run current tech tomorrow, what would life be like for us?
Y'know, that's not a bad idea. Give them a few hypothetical scenarios, and expound upon that. That could work.
What if the Greeks and the Egyptians were still the dominant cultures of the Western world (implying that they also abolished slavery, which is apparently one reason steam power never took off)?
What if Japan, right after Perry came, were magically sealed off from the world?
What if the Tsars never fell, but digital technology did?
What if a small Caribbean island discovered steam and clock tech before the rest of the world?
So, yeah, I'm still nervous. Heinously nervous. But, maybe I actually have a plan now.