What is Steampunk, Anyway?

  We thought it would be a good idea to define what Steampunk is, since a lot of people might be brought to the site without having a clear definition in their mind.  I am going to steal shamelessly from Wikipedia, as they defined it as well as I ever could. Our movie does not hold true to every aspect of this definition (for example it takes place in the “New World” rather than England). Also, the history of the world in “Engines of Destiny” is not the same as what unfolded in our own time.

We may add more to this page as time goes on, and as we come across more examples, but this is a good primer:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.

 Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of “the path not taken” for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s Analytical engine.

 Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk. They have considerable influence on each other and share a similar fan base, but steampunk developed as a separate movement. Apart from time period and level of technology, the main difference is that steampunk settings tend to be less dystopian.

One Response to “What is Steampunk, Anyway?”

  1. avatar VanShark says:

    I want to make something steampunk now.

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