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Steampunk is a subgenre of cyberpunk science fiction with dystopian, noir themes usually in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting.

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1 Origins of Steampunk
2 Bibliography
3 Filmography

Origins of Steampunk

These stories harken back to the early science fiction of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. This is not to say that all Victorian writing is steampunk in any way. Compared to the computer, robotic, and nanotech focus of cyberpunk fiction, steampunk fiction focuses more intently on thermo mechanics, especially steam engine technology; hence the name.

Also fitting into this category is the less common setting of a science fictionalized American Western, as seen in the television shows The Wild Wild West and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

As a continuing play on the cyber/steam-punk naming convention, there have been a handful of novels published, self described as "sandal-punk" which posit a world in which ancient civilization never collapsed into the Dark Ages and instead saw rapid technological advancement after a few key discoveries are made.

See also Alternate history, Clockpunk.



Quasi-Victorian Science Fiction

Influential Victorian Science Fiction

Steampunk role-playing game material