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A short skirted woman stands with her hands on her hips behind a man who is down on one knee. They are in front of a reconstruction of a large train that appears to be steam-powered
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Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. However, steampunk and Neo-Victorian are different in that the Neo-Victorian movement does not extrapolate on technology and embraces the positive aspects of the Victorian era's culture and philosophy.

Steampunk most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or of the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt, and China Miéville.[original research?] Other examples of steampunk contain alternative-history-style presentations of such technology as steam cannons, lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

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Steampunk-Computer.jpg A Steampunk work station combining classic elements of typewriter and desk-furniture design with computer elements.

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  • February 24, 2012: Fashion News Tribune: This is Steampunk "Clockworks, corsets, airships and automatons are all remnants of another time. Together, they’re remnants of a time that never was but might have been — a time the steampunk movement is bringing to life...."
  • February 24, 2012: Art Pasadena Star News: Before steampunk, there was Richard Bunkall's imagination "A painting on the wall depicts a whale floating in the air through a building's entryway. Nearby is a highly detailed sculpture that plays with classic architecture. This is Richard Bunkall's world: a place that is ancient, yet futuristic at the same time..."
  • February 20, 2012: Fashion Ottawa Star Citizen: Steampunk and bondage and old Hollywood, oh my! "Dark and sensual, [And! Nguyen's ]work was arresting not only for his androgynous layering of cotton, PVC and chiffon, but his confronting use of Road Warrior-meets-bondage head gear and gas masks."
  • February 17, 2012: Art, Literature The Montreal Gazette: Steampunk in prose and pictures "it’s not surprising to find a new anthology of Poe’s tales and poetry, with steampunk-themed illustrations, marketed as Steampunk Poe."




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