What is steampunk? That’s the question you might have asked yourself after my first steampunk post last week, tonight I’ll try to answer that question to the best of my ability.
Steampunk can encompass many things. While it started as, basically, a modern take on Victorian sci-fi, it has grown to even include fantasy elements such as magic, elves and much more. Swords are almost as common a weapon in steampunk as flintlock pistols.
In regards to the sci-fi angle, it started simply enough, with the kind of inventions you’d read of in a novel by Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. Now it has grown to include more advanced technology. Most of the advanced technologies in a steampunk story has been… reversed engineered shall we say? In any case, the modern technologies used in steampunk are modified to run on steam power, normally with a steam engine built into it.
That said, there are a few steampunk novels that use an alternate universe setting, each one with its own take on cross universe travel, which while interesting and serving the story, it seems to skirt the edges of steampunk and normal sci-fi.
I’m breaking this post into multiple parts in hopes that it will be easier to understand in small parts.
I hope you’re enjoying these steampunk posts, if you have any questions or comments on it, feel free to post in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, next week I’ll have more on what steampunk is.