Steampunk is a mixture of science fiction, technology, and aesthetic designs motivated by the 19th-century industrial revolution or the steam-powered machinery of the industrial era. The origins of steampunk may be connected with the cyberpunk genre, yet steampunk stands on its own in history and synonymous to the 19th-century American Wild West or even the British Victorian era. It describes an unreal world where steam power is prominent. Steampunk and Neo-Victorian are not the same because Neo-Victorian movement does not refer to technology as its foundation, but accepts the philosophy and culture associated with the Victorian era.

The Ninetieth Century Influence

Conversely, steampunk includes technologies models of inventions in the way the nineteenth-century people might have imagined them. The entire concept is hinged on the people view about fashion, architectural design, art, and culture. Another aspect may be the fictional machines some of the writers wrote about in their fictions. Prominent among them are H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or modern authors like Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt, and China Mieville.

Steampunk is presented in many ways and various forms such as the steam cannons. Analog computers, lighter-than-air airships, or the Analytic Engine invented by Charles Babbage. Steampunk sometimes includes other elements from such genres as horror, fantasy, historical fiction, alternative history, or other areas of speculative fiction, enriching the entire sub-culture of steampunk.

The Terminology

The term steampunk first was mentioned in 1987 but is used to refer to all the works of fiction written in the 1050s and 1960s. Being a sub-genre of science fiction, steampunk is a belief that technology cannot grow more than steampunk. The science around it may change, and that is even what steampunk is all about. It examines the outcome of the society in the absence of science and industry, yet nothing like that happened.

The era does not matter; it can be set in modern times or as far back as the time steam power existed as the favorite source of energy. Most of the steampunk stories in the early times had a Victorian setting which is England itself. This explains why all parts of the stories were related to the Victorian time. Today, stories like that are set in other countries, and worlds with the 19th-century style kept intact.

Where Did Steampunk Come From?

The aim or central focus of steampunk is to point out that steam power is the precursor of what we have in the modern era. It shows that things rocket ships, computers, and robots were invented in the best way the people of that era could. Such technologies were known to need improvement and adaptations to changing environment and times.

Steampunk inspiration came from some of the early authors such as Jules Verne who wrote beautiful tales about the submarine Nautilus, the Time Machine, a work of H. G. Wells, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly. Later, Alan Moore borrowed some of these ideas and characters to create graphic novels on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.