Steampunk: Learning the Genre


Learn about #Steampunk,a subgenre of #scifi, from my upcoming *CHANGES* guest, Wendy van Camp! Watch our LIVE conversation 1/7/15: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cs3reovico2nqpvctdv1ikgqevg or catch our conversation any time then or later on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-OOvBXtGRM

No Wasted Ink

Nathan Fillion in Steampunk GarbA popular subgenre of science fiction and fantasy is known as steampunk. It features steam-powered technology with the decorative sensibilities of the 19th century Victorian era. Steampunk stories can also be considered a sort of alternate history where the British Empire continued on to be a major power in the world and their empirical style of culture and manners still hold sway in a future world.

It is often thought that the origin of steampunk as a genre began with H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. The stories of the adventurer explorer or the gentleman inventor who travels through the world or in time via their abilities and education and bring British culture to other peoples is a trope that is common in many steampunk stories. While Wells and Verne were certainly part of the inspiration of steampunk as a genre, they were writing alternate history or true science fiction of…

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