Steampunk is a sub genre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy, and horror themes.
Types of Steampunk
Medieval Steampunk: Speculative fiction set during the Middle Ages or in fantasy worlds.
Victorian Steampunk: A modern Science Fiction work (post-1930s) that is set in the early parts of the industrial revolution.
Western Steampunk: Science fiction set in the American Old West.
Industrial/Modern Steampunk: Science fiction taking place in the late industrial age, early modern age; i.e. World War 1, World War 2.
Examples of Steampunk
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Final Fantasy 7
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow