Steampunk logoSteampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period (often the Victorian era) or a fantasyworld.

1284485067411The term steampunk was first coined in 1987 by K. W. Jeter, the author of the novel Morlock Night. He used the term to describe a genre of speculative fiction in which steam, not electricity, drove technological advancements. Since then it has been used to describe an artistic and cultural movement. Authors such as Tim PowersJames BlaylockWilliam Gibson, and Bruce Sterling have created worlds inspired by the Victorian era, giving rise to the modern conception of steampunk. These authors were heavily influenced by nineteenth century writers H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, who are often considered the forefathers of steampunk.

(Excerpt from “History of steampunk.” Steampunk Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. <>.)

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