The Future Past that Never Was: A Definition of Steampunk
Defining steampunk may seem to be a simple thing, but within the community you can ask five different people the same question and you will get five different definitions. Some claim it’s all about the costumes and other claim it’s nothing more than an aesthetic. The truth about steampunk is that this sub-genre has been around since the 19th century, or more to the point 19th century authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne have been grandfathered—great-great-grandfathered, if you want to be precise—into steampunk.
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