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Of course, there are those of you within the crowd who may not know what steampunk is. For those of you I say go forth and discover and enjoy! This post may be of particular interest to you, but make sure you return for the wonderful events of the Carnival, you wouldn’t want to miss out.
But where did steampunk come from?
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used, typically the Victorian Era and the Edwardian Era, that incorporates prominent elements of science fiction and fantasy. A modicum of fantasy is necessary because steam alone simply will not do enough to fulfil the visions of most authors and artists.
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk, from which it is derived. They have considerable influence on each other and share a similar fan base, but steampunk developed into a separable movement. Apart from time period and level of technology, the main difference is that steampunk settings tend to be less dystopian. Steampunk is described as “full of wonder” and as “functional, logical, and very British”. Steampunk stories are often romantic and peppered with historical references and brewing rebellions.
The term steampunk was first coined in 1987 by author K.W. Jeter and was used to describe a genre of speculative fiction in which steam, not electricity, drove technological advancements. Steampunk, however, draws on history, first appearing in the 1800s in the scientific romances of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells.
Steampunk as a literary phenomenon has its roots in the 19th century, courtesy of Verne, Wells, and other authorsand since then has begun to appear in other media as well, such as television shows, video and roleplaying games,films, literature, comics and graphic novels, and even Japanese anime and manga. Because these are all visual mediums, the steampunk genre has also developed a visual expectation, although it does tend to vary from story to story.
Source – Steampunk Wiki.
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