What is Steampunk?
is a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s
and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history,
horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power
is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian
era Britain or "Wild West"-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic
time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or
fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology,
or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them,
based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural
style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as
those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary
authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mieville.