I am going to go out on a limb and define steampunk using the rubric established in Science Fiction. A story fits into the steampunk genre if the steam powered technology is integral to the plot. In other words, if the plot would have to be changed from the story to use anything other than steam as the basis of technology, then it is steampunk.
Steam, clockwork, and differential engines are often used to replicate modern technology. Robots are replaced with automata, and airships fill the skies.
Steampunk, like all of the -punk genres, approaches its characters and setting with an irreverent attitude, adapting the punk style and sensibility into the story.
Introductions & FAQs
- Brief Steampunk FAQ (Brass Goggles)
- James Roy's Steampunk Talk from 2003 Children's Book Council of Australia Conference in Hobart, Tasmania
- The Age of Steampunk (Boston Globe)
- Aether Emporium
- What is Steampunk?
- Steampunk Essentials
- Steampunk (Wikipedia)
- Retrofuturism (Wikipedia)
- The Art of Alex CF
- Brass Goggles
- Da Vinci Automata
- Jack of All Trades
- Steampunk Fashion
- The Steampunk Home
- The Steampunk Workshop
- Voyages Extraordinaires
Books, Movies, and Games
Desktops & Icons
- Aether Emporium (Wiki)
- Mechanical Marvels of the Nineteenth Century
- Steampunk Magazine
- Steampunkopedia (Link Site)
English posts that contain Steampunk per day for the last 30 days.
What did I miss? Is there anything that should or shouldn't be on the list? Let me know in the comments. Let's make this the best on stop shop for steampunk.
My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.