The HistorySteampunk was the sub-genre of science fiction during the 19th Century. It revolved mainly around steam-powered machinery that was arising in the Western Civilization. During this time period, steam power was popular and widely used in notable, scientific romance literary works--such as those by H. G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and Jules Verne. Steampunk can be found in modern day works from Philip Pullman and China Mieville.
The steampunk genre featured elements of fantasy, horror, and historical fiction that made it a hybrid genre, or cross-genre. Steampunk literature involved futuristic inventions, fictional machines, and futuristic architectural style and art, creating a post-apocalyptic future.
Steampunk fashion was inspired by the Victorian Era. The use of gowns, petticoats, corsets, vests, suits, top hats, and military garments are typically seen in this style. Technological pieces--goggles, ray guns, timepieces, machinery--are used to accent these garments. Modern pieces like cell phones and music players are modified to look Victorian-made.
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